The Northern Lakes Lightning boys’ hockey team earned its first victory of the season with a 3-0 non-conference shutout win over Becker-Big Lake on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Breezy Point Arena.
Keegan Couture scored twice for the Lightning while sophomore goaltender Mitch Stangl stopped 22 shots in the victory.
“We’ve played well over the years against them,” Northern Lakes coach Shawn Chambers said of defeating Becker-BL. “Mitch (Stangl) has played well in goal in each of our first three games. We’re doing a decent job in our zone, but the problem is we’re not putting the puck in the net. We’ve outshot all three teams we’ve played, but we only scored four goals. We need to find a way to get the puck in the net.”
The Lightning, 1-2 overall, was scheduled to play at Greenway on Thursday, Dec. 6, and then face Kittson-Central at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Hallet Community Center in Crosby.
Lightning 3, Becker-BL 0
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Northern Lakes took control with three goals in the middle period. Couture opened the scoring with a goal, assisted by Ben Moe, at 28 seconds. Kyle Narveson tallied to make it 2-0 at the 3:00 mark. Nick Blanchette and Austin Messenbrink assisted on the goal.
Couture then scored on the power play, assisted by Gaven Bickford, at the 13:20 mark.
Losing netminder Ben Manzke stopped 39 shots as the Lightning had a 42-22 edge in shots.
Becker-Big Lake 0 0 0 — 0
Northern Lakes 0 3 0 — 3
Second period: NL-Kegan Couture (Ben Moe) :28: NL-Kyle Narveson (Nick Blanchette, Austin Messenbrink) 3:00; NL-Couture (Gaven Bickford) (ppg) 13:20
Shots on goal: B-BL 21, NL 43
Goalies: B-BL-Ben Manzke (39 saves); NL-Mitch Stangl (22 saves)
Detroit Lakes 2, Lightning 0
On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Lakers’ netminder McKenzie Steele made 31 saves in a Mid-State Conference victory over Northern Lakes.
Stangl turned aside 26 of the 28 shots he faced as the losing goaltender.
After a scoreless opening period, Detroit Lakes netted the winning goal as Sam Bergren tallied. Jonathan Hallisey extended the lead to 2-0 with a third-period tally.
Detroit Lakes 0 1 1 — 2
Northern Lakes 0 0 0 — 0
Second period: DL-Sam Bergren (Brady Crawford) 12:58
Third period: DL-Jonathan Hallisey (Michael Herrmann) 5:18
Shots on goal: NL 31, DL 28
Goalies: NL-Stangl (26 saves); DL-McKenzie Steele (31 saves)