Detroit Lakes finished the regular season with its sixth victory as Emma Coley scored twice in a 4-1 win at Crookston Friday, Feb. 1.
“A pretty sloppy game but everyone played throughout the game; a win is a win and we will take it,” DL head coach Scott Piepkorn said.
The Lakers swept the season series from the Pirates outscoring Crookston 10-3 in two games. The two teams will match up in the opening round of the Section 8A playoffs Thursday, Feb. 7 at Kent Freeman Arena.
Lily Burnside and Karrigan Hallisey scored three minutes apart in the first period with Hallisey netting the game-winner. Both skaters assisted on each other’s goals.
Hallisey finished the season as DL’s top scorer with 28 points (17G, 11A).
Coley added her first of the night at 14:44 to send DL to intermission up comfortably 3-0. Payton Carlblom and Madyson Melgard assisted on Coley’s power play goal.
Nora Peterson scored Crookston’s only goal shorthanded early in the third period unassisted.
Coley answered at even strength on assists credited to Abagail King and Carlblom.
The Lakers outshot Crookston 38-10. Leah Honer earned the victory making nine saves.
The victory assured DL of a home game to open the playoffs. Park Rapids will open at East Grand Forks Thursday night while the Lakers and Pirates play for the third time this year. Undefeated Warroad (24-0) and Thief River Falls (15-9) received first round byes.
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DL has lost the last two playoff games. The last Laker victory came in 2016 over Park Rapids 6-3. Since DL’s move from Section 6 to Section 8, DL and Crookston have not met in the playoffs.
DL 3 0 1 - 4
CR 0 0 1 - 1
D - Lily Burnside (even strength) (Karrigan Hallisey)
D - Karrigan Hallisey (even strength) (Lily Burnside)
D - Emma Coley (power play) (Payton Carlblom, Madyson Melgard)
C - Nora Peterson (shorthanded)
D - Emma Coley (even strength) (Abagail King, Payton Carlblom)