Detroit Lakes erased an early Crookston power play goal to complete the season sweep of the Pirates winning 4-1 at the Crookston Sports Center Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Section 8A boys hockey.
“Crookston came out and gave us their very best in the first period and outworked us,” said head coach Ben Noah. “We just couldn’t get it going. I’m very happy with the way we played in the third period. It was really good how we closed out that game.”
Joey Doda scored an ominous goal finding the back of the net on Crookston’s first shot on goal assisted by Jack Doda and Leyton Salentine to give the Pirates momentum and the lead just past the midway point of the opening period.
Hunter Burnside set up the equalizer for Detroit Lakes at the four-minute mark finding Alex Bren who beat Crookston netminder Carter Nelson.
Braeden Wimmer recorded the assist on the game-winner as Bren scored his second of the game shooting from below the goal line and banking his shot off of Nelson’s back for the 2-1 lead at 5:30 of the second period.
Spencer Bergman gave the Lakers some breathing room scoring 90 seconds later for a 3-1 lead off Beau Boehne and Jake Green assists.
Boehne had a two-point night scoring an empty net goal late in the third period to cap off four unanswered goals.
Jack Hines stopped 16 of 17 shots to earn his third victory (3-5-2) of the season in net.
Nelson made 29 saves as the Lakers outshot the Pirates 33-17.
Crookston continued to struggle this season falling to 1-15 overall and 1-6 in 8A play.
Detroit Lakes reached .500 for the first time in 2020 at 8-8-2 heading into a nine-day layoff before the next game at home versus Prairie Centre (4-10-1). The Lakers defeated the North Stars 3-2 in overtime in Long Prairie in early December.
“Right now is the right time to have a layoff. We’ve got some things we have to fix,” said Noah. “We have a hole in the back end with Reed Benson out and we have to figure out how we’re going to play without him.”
The Lakers played with a full group of four lines of forwards for the first time this season at Crookston.
Bren leads DL in scoring with 21 points (7g, 14a). Jackson Fields (10g, 8a) returned after missing one game. Wimmer is third on the team from the blue line with four goals and 10 assists in 16 games.
Detroit Lakes is 4-3 in section play currently in the mix for the four-seed with Red Lake Falls (10-5, 4-2) and Kittson Central (10-4, 6-1). The Lakers face both teams in a four-day span the final week of January.
The Laker junior varsity team continued its hot play extending their winning streak to 13 games after a 5-2 win against the Pirates.
Detroit Lakes 4, Crookston 1
DL 1 2 1 - 4
CR 1 0 0 - 1
CR - Joey Doda (power play) (Jack Doda, Leyton Salentine)
DL - Alex Bren (Hunter Burnside)
DL - Alex Bren (Braeden Wimmer)
DL - Spencer Bergman (Beau Boehne, Jake Green)
DL - Beau Boehne (ENG) (Lukas Justesen)