Ryan Deconcini’s third-period goal snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Detroit Lakes Lakers past Northern Lakes 3-2 in a Mid-State Conference game on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby.
Northern Lakes, 10-12 overall, was scheduled to play Prairie Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the final regular season game. The section seeding meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13, and the Lightning could be scheduled for a section play-in game on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The Lakers extended their advantage to 2-0 early in the middle period. But Ben Moe answered for the Lightning to cut the deficit in half. Alex Galligan and Gaven Bickford assisted on Moe’s power play goal.
Northern Lakes tied it 2-2 at 2:09 of the third period whey Kyle Narvon scored, assisted by Derrek French and Jake Hyytinen. A power-play tally by Ryan Deconcini just 1:13 later proved to be the winning goal for the Lakers.
Winning goaltender MacKenzie Steele finished with 28 saves while losing netminder Mitch Stangel stopped 38 shots.
Park Rapids leads the Mid-State standings with a 6-1 record heading into the final week. The Lakers follow at 5-1-1 while W-DC is 3-5, Northern Lakes 2-5 and Prairie Centre 1-5-1.
Kegan Couture led the Lightning in scoring with 16 goals and 43 points while Moe has 22 goals and 36 points and Aspen Florey 15 goals and 25 points.
Detroit Lakes 1 1 1 – 3
Northern Lakes 0 1 1 – 2
First period: DL-Austin Rusness (ppg) 1:07
Second period: DL-Michael Hermann 2:58; NL-Ben Moe (Alex Galligan, Gaven Bickford) ppg 14:03
Third period: NL-Kyle Narveson (Derrek French, Jake Hyytinen) 2:09; DL-Ryan Deconcini (ppg) 3:22
Shots on goal: DL 41, NL 30
Goalies: DL-MacKenzie Steele (28 saves); NL-Mitch Stangel (38 saves)
Lightning 7, Wadena-DC 2
Moe registered a hat trick to lead Northern Lakes past the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a Mid-State Conference game on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Moe scored the first two goals of the game before the Wolverines cut the deficit in half late in the opening period. Couture scored twice while Moe completed his hat trick in the second period as Northern Lakes assumed a 5-2 advantage heading in the final period.
Nick Blanchette added a pair of goals for the Lightning, including a short-handed tally, in the third period. Stangel had 23 saves to earn the win.
Northern Lakes 2 3 2 — 7
Wadena-Deer Creek 1 1 0 — 2
First period: NL-Ben Moe 10:06; NL-Moe (Hunter Leslie, Gaven Bickford) 16:23; WDC-Mike Paavola (Mike Behl, Dylan Phillips) 16:45
Second period: NL-Kegan Couture (Moe, Bickford) ppg 4:00; WDC-Bridger Pettit shg 5:39; NL-Couture (Narveson, Bickford) 10:16; NL-Moe (Leslie, Dalton Rickard) 16:01
Third period: NL-Nick Blanchette shg 4:59; NL-Blanchette 16:36
Shots on goal: WDC 25, NL 24
Goalies: WDC-Cory McManigle 34:00 (13 saves), Wesley Janson 17:00 (4 saves); NL-Mitch Stangel (23 saves)
Greenway 4, Lightning 3 (ot)
In non-conference play on Tuesday, Feb. 5, Northern Lakes outshot Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 21-4 in the third period, but the Lightning was unable to hold on as the Raiders’ Darin Estey tied it with 1:25 remaining.
Northern Lakes then lost in overtime as Bazil Zuehlke scored in the non-conference matchup.
Greenway/N-K 0 2 1 1 — 4
Northern Lakes 0 2 1 0 — 3
Second period: GNK-Alex Troumbly (Bazil Zuehlke) 3:01; NL-Kegan Couture (Dalton Rickard) 3:37; GNK-Troumbly (Darin Estey) 5:52; NL-Ben Moe (Couture, Aspen Florey) 11:32
Third period: NL-Florey (Couture, Moe) ppg 13:38; GNK-Estey (Zuehlke, Troumbly) ppg 15:35
Overtime: GNK-Zuehlke (Troumbly, Jayden Gangl) 5:40
Shots on goal: NL 46, GNK 25
Goalies: NL-Mitch Stangel (21 saves); GNK-Sam LeDoux (43 saves)