Pelican Rapids is proving to be the team to beat in both the Lakes to Prairie Conference and Section 8A North. The Vikings have yet to allow a goal against in three games and have handed Detroit Lakes both of its losses after a 6-0 victory at Brown Field Thursday afternoon.
The Vikings got off to a quick start when Khadar Ibrahim broke loose behind the Laker defenders and got in alone on Laker keeper Braeden Wimmer scoring easily in a wide-open, lower left corner four minutes into play.
Pelican Rapids controlled ball possession and when Detroit Lakes got momentum into the offensive zone were turned back quickly. The Lakers registered one shot on goal the entire game.
In the 23rd minute, Khadar Adan was fouled in the penalty area and Abdirahman Isse took the penalty kick, scoring to go up 2-0.
Wimmer kept the deficit at two goals with a great save on a cross to Daniel Urbano, who was all alone in front of the net. Wimmer was in perfect position to cut off the shot.
DL’s best offensive chance in the first half came late when Elijah Blow found Jackson Lawrence for a shot, but under pressure from Viking defenders Lawrence’s shot sailed wide and high of the goal.
Pelican put the game away quickly in the second half. Two minutes in, Jesus Moreno sent a pass across the goal to Ibrahim for a header and a 3-0 lead. Ibrahim recorded a hat trick two minutes later to go up four goals.
Sophomore Evan Thomas replaced Wimmer in goal and continued to face the Vikings aggression in his end.
Isse scored his second of the game near the 55-minute mark and Mohamed Ahmed polished off the win with the sixth marker of the contest.
Pelican Rapids is 3-0 on the season and have outscored their opponents 18-nil.
Detroit Lakes dropped to 3-2 with a week off before traveling to East Grand Forks (1-1). The Green Wave has two games prior to that, one at Pelican Rapids Saturday, Sept. 12.