The Northern Lakes Lightning boys’ hockey team earned their third straight win by downing the visiting Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin Raiders 3-1 in a non-conference game on Thursday, Dec. 12.
“We’re learning to play as a group,” said Lightning coach Craig Larson. “And we’re also getting some surprises in our lineup.
“Mitch (Stangl) has stepped up in goal, and Jaeger (Reed) has also done well as a freshman goalie. Our defense is playing well, and we’re getting good production from our forward lines, especially our Nick (Blanchette), Nick (Olson) and Nick (Reed) line. Josh Maucieri has also stepped up as a freshman.”
The Lightning, 6-2 overall, were scheduled to play Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday, Dec. 17, and then host Park Rapids at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Breezy Point Arena.
Against Greenway-N-K, the Lightning assumed an early 2-0 lead when Alex Tangen and Blanchette scored five seconds apart. The Lightning iced the win with a third-period insurance goal by Nick Reed. Stangl stopped 26 shots for the win.
Greenway/N-K 1 0 0 — 1
Northern Lakes 2 0 1 — 3
First period: NL-Alex Tangen (Jack Makowsky) 8:13; NL-Nick Blanchette 8:18; GNK-Darrin Estey (Taylor Lantz, Brett Shevich) 9:22
Third period: NL-Nick Reed (Josh Maucieri) 8:50
Shots on goal: NL 24, GNK 27
Goalies: NL-Mitch Stangl (26 saves); GNK-Mike LaDoux (21 saves)
Lightning 3, Bagley 1
On Dec. 10, Northern Lakes defeated the Bagley-Fosston Flyers in a non-conference game.
Reed, Blanchette and Jake Hyytinen each scored for the Lightning while Stangl turned aside 11 shots.
Bagley-Fosston 0 1 0 — 1
Northern Lakes 1 1 1 — 3
First period: NL-Nick Reed (Nick Blanchette) 9:45
Second period: BF-Dalton Agnes (Iver Papke, Christian Larson) 3:02; NL-Blanchette 14:52
Third period: NL-Jake Hyytinen 11:10
Shots on goal: NL 30, BF 12
Goalies: NL-Mitch Stangl (11 saves); BF-Ben Thoma (27 saves)