The Northern Lakes Lightning girls’ hockey team finished the regular season with a four-game winning streak after edging Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek on Thursday, Jan. 30.
The Lightning, 10-13 overall, will compete in the Section 6A playoffs. Teams were seeded on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with the quarterfinals starting on Saturday, Feb. 8.
On Jan.30, Sam Bittner’s second period goal lifted visiting Northern Lakes to a non-conference win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek. Bittner’s goal was assisted by Lexi Danielson.
Isabella Abear’s unassisted goal in the first period had tied it 1-1. Lightning goaltender Madison Galligan finished with 22 saves.
“Our girls are playing well,” said Northern Lakes coach Kristen Harsha. “I think they’re figuring out that this is the final push, and we need to be at our best for the (Section 6A) playoffs.”
Harsha expects her squad to be seeded second or third for the first round.
“We’re looking forward to the playoffs because our section is pretty even,” she said.
LP-GE/W-DC 1 0 0 — 1
Northern Lakes 1 1 0 — 2
First period: BD-MacKenzie Christianson (AshLee Helseth) 13:40, NL-Isabella Abear 10:43
Second period: NL-Sam Bittner (Lexi Danielson) 2:19
Shots on goal: NL 22, LPGEWDC 23
Goalies: NL-Madison Galligan (22 saves); LPGEWDC-Angela Hanson (20 saves)
Lightning 2, Detroit Lakes 1
Sydney Tietz had the winning goal as Northern Lakes edged the visiting Lakers in a conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Breezy Point Arena.
The winning goal for the Lightning, assisted by Sam Gutzman and Courtney Kittock, came with 2:20 left to play in regulation. Mariah Reed accounted for the first Northern Lakes’ goal with an assist from Erika Monson in the first period.
Lightning goalie Hailey Deutsch made 26 saves as Northern Lakes outshot the Lakers 38-27.
Detroit Lakes 1 0 0 — 1
Northern Lakes 1 0 1 — 2
First period: DL-Hailey Sonstegard 5:41; NL-Mariah Reed (Erika Monson) 4:35
Third period: NL-Sydney Tietz (Sam Gutzman, Courtney Kittock) ppg 14:40
Shots on goal: NL 38, DL 27
Goalies: NL-Hailey Deutsch (26 saves); DL-Veronica Badurek (36 saves)