The Fergus Falls boys hockey team picked up a seventh consecutive victory after beating back a first period offensive attack from Detroit Lakes to improve to 7-1 overall after a 5-2 win at the Community Ice Arena in Fergus Falls Friday night.
The Lakers scored twice in the opening six minutes to take one-goal leads.
Spencer Bergman scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season three minutes into the period on Breck Winter’s second assist of the year.
The lead lasted less than two minutes. The Otters’ Cole Zierden tied the game at 4:41.
Exactly one minute later, Carter Bellefeuille put the Lakers back in front with his second goal of the year. Jacob McAllister Cole Larson assisted on the play.
Fergus Falls’ Ian Richards knotted the score at two goals each on a shot from right point at 11:14. The teams went to intermission tied at two.
The Lakers were playing with fresh legs. Fergus Falls had been victorious at Willmar the previous evening and were not playing their best in the opening 17 minutes. The Otters kicked into gear in the second period.
Fergus Falls took advantage of a roughing penalty to Jake Green and Carter Thielke gave the home team the lead for good 10 seconds into the power play on a backdoor play to the net beating DL goalie Jack Hines blocker side.
Fergus was 1-2 on the power play in the game; DL was 0-4.
Landon Thacker and Kellen Stenstrom scored third period goals for the Otters.
Laker junior winger Jordan Fields played a solid game but had a glorious scoring opportunity go awry late in the game.
Tommy Fritz found Bergman open in front of the Otter net. Bergman’s shot was stopped by Ben Swanson, but the Otter goalie kicked the puck right to Fields charging the near post. Fields’ shot at a wide open right half of the net found two pipes and caromed out.
The Lakers were without the services of leading scorer Braeden Wimmer, who missed the game with a lower body injury. The timetable on his return is not yet known.
Fergus Falls improved to 7-1, their only loss was the season-opener at home to Alexandria 5-4. The Otters are 9-3-5 against DL dating back to 2010.
Detroit Lakes (5-4) looks to avenge an overtime loss to Northern Lakes (8-1) when the Lightning come to town Tuesday, Feb. 16. Northern has one seven straight games and are currently the top ranked team in Section 5A.
Fergus Falls 5, Detroit Lakes 2
DL 2 0 0 - 2
FF 2 1 2 - 5
DL - Spencer Bergman (Breck Winter)
FF - Cole Zierden (Isaac Johnson, Matthew Niblock)
DL - Carter Bellefeuille (Jacob McAllister, Cole Larson)
FF - Ian Richards (Colin Becker, Isaac Johnson)
FF - Carter Thielke (PP) (Landon Thacker, Michael DeBrito)
FF - Landon Thacker (Carter Thielke, Michael DeBrito)
FF - Kellen Stenstrom (Sterling Andrews, Colton Partain)
Saves: FF - Ben Swanson 12; DL - Jack Hines 42.