The Northern Lakes Lightning boys’ hockey team may have set records for program highs and lows in shots on goal in back-to-back non-conference games.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Northern Lakes managed just eight shots on goal in a 3-0 loss to Kittson Central at Hallock. But the Lightning quickly bounced back on Monday, Dec. 9, with 72 shots in a 6-0 win over Moose Lake-Willow River at Breezy Point Arena.
The Lightning, 4-2 overall, was scheduled to face Bagley on Tuesday, Dec. 10, before hosting Greenway-Coleraine at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at Breezy Point Arena.
Lightning 6, ML-WR 0
Northern Lakes assumed a 3-0 lead in the first period on a pair of goals by Nick Reed and one by Derrek French. Nick Olson then added a goal midway through the second period to make it 4-0.
The Lightning extended the lead as Levi Cartie scored on the power play early in the third period and Nick Blanchette added a final goal later in the period.
Winning goaltender Jaeger Reed stopped all 28 shots that he faced.
Moose Lake-WR 0 0 0 – 0
Northern Lakes 3 1 2 – 6
First period: NL-Nick Reed (Nick Blanchette) 3:53; NL-Reed (Nick Olson) 7:02; NL-Derrek French (Josh Maucieri, Jake Hyytienen) 16:48
Second period: NL-Olson 11:28
Third period: NL-Levi Cartie (Maucieri, Alex Tangen) 2:33; NL-Blanchette (Olson) 8:56
Shots on goal: ML-WR 28, NL 72
Goalies: ML-WR, Gage Mohelsky (66 saves), NL, Jaeger Reed (28 saves)
Kittson 3, Lightning 0
On Saturday, Dec. 7, winning goaltender Jackson Soliah stopped just eight shots as Kittson Central shut out Northern Lakes in Hallock.
The game was scoreless until Dalton Klegstad scored at 23 seconds of the third period. The Bearcats later added a pair of insurance goals just 1:04 apart.
Klegstad finished with a goal and two assists for Kittson Central, 1-1 overall. Losing goaltender Jaeger Reed stopped 33 shots.
“I don’t think we were mentally ready for this game,” said Northern Lakes coach Craig Larson.
Northern Lakes 0 0 0 – 0
Kittson Central 0 0 3 – 3
Third period – KC-Dalton Klegstad (Scott Mortenson) :23; KC-Billy Thorsteinson (Mortenson, Klegstad) ppg 13:43; KC-Ethan Donaldson (Alex Vagle, Klegstad) 14:47
Shots on goal: NL 8, KC 36
Goalies: NL-Jaeger Reed (33 saves); KC-Jackson Soliah (8 saves)
Lightning 3, Mora 2
On Thursday, Dec. 5, Nick Blanchette netted an unassisted goal at 6:17 of overtime to give Northern Lakes a win over the Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson Mustangs in a non-conference game at Breezy Point Arena.
Blanchette scored all three goals while netminder Mitch Stangel made 31 saves in goal for the Lightning.
“We were up 2-0, and then we let them back in the game,” Larson said. “We were pretty much shorthanded for the final four minutes of the game, and (Mora) tied it.”
Blanchette, a captain from Aitkin High School, then won the game in overtime.
“Nick picked up the puck on a turnover in the neutral zone,” Larson recalled. “He split the defense, and put the puck in the upper corner of the net.”
Mora/H-F 0 0 2 0 — 2
Northern Lakes 1 1 0 1 — 3
First period: NL-Nick Blanchette (Derrek French, Nick Reed) 1:54
Second period: NL-Blanchette (Nick Olson, Austin Mesenbrink) ppg 12:49
Third period: M/HF-Hunter Wedin 7:20; M/HF-Greg Chmiel (Thomas Pasillas) 15:32
Overtime: NL-Blanchette 6:17
Shots on goal: NL 33, M/HF 33
Goalies: NL-Mitch Stangl (31 saves); M/HF-Jake Libra (30 saves)