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DeConcini leads Lakers over Northern Lakes

Ryan DeConcini blasts a shot on goal against Northern Lakes during the Lakers' home opening victory. Robert Williams/Forum News Service

Detroit Lakes-Ryan DeConcini and Adam Lund recorded hat tricks; DeConcini finding the net four times, as the Lakers cruised to a 9-0 victory over Northern Lakes Tuesday night at Kent Freeman Arena in the Mid-State Conference opener for both teams.

The game was also the Lakers’ home opener after completing a three-game road trip to start the year that concluded with a tough 3-2 loss at Warroad.

“We played a really great game against Warroad and we’ve got to play like we did against Warroad to beat good teams,” DL Head Coach Todd Dwyer said. “I’m excited to see where we can go with this group.”

Detroit Lakes took a 3-0 lead in the first period and DeConcini and Lund combined for the first five goals of the game.

“We wanted high tempo and to get momentum up the ice and we did it together,” said Dwyer.

The Lakers did take eight penalties in the game.

“We have a long ways to go. To beat good teams in the section, we have to be a good team. You can’t take eight penalties against good teams.”

The win evens the Lakers’ record at 2-2 overall.

DeConcini’s first goal was the game-winner at 5:22 of the first period from Johnathan Hallisey and Josh Bollig.

Lund scored at 8:31 from Joe Solberg and Sam Boomgarden.

DeConcini scored again at 15:27 from Jack DeConcini and a 3-0 lead after a period of play.

DeConcini got his hat trick a minute into the second period from Hallisey and Jack DeConcini. Lund scored 19 seconds later assisted by Tyler Berby and Cooper Heimark.

Jon Richards lit the lamp assisted by Bollig and Ryan DeConcini at 7:21 of the second period and Jack DeConcini scored the first varsity goal of his career from Bollig and Solberg to close the second period scoring with the Lakers up big 7-0.

Ryan DeConcini scored his fourth of the night 57 seconds into the third period assisted by Richards. Lund capped the game with his hat trick on a feed from Bailey Tulius at 8:09.

“Lund put a lot of time in the off season to be a better player. He put the time in and he’s a real coachable player that listens. He’s finding himself in the right places.”

MacKenzie Steele made 20 saves to preserve the shutout.

“Thats two games he’s played very well. He was the best player on the ice at Warroad. (Austin) Fritz is a good goalie too, and so is (Tristan) Wimmer. We’ve got a great goaltending battle going on here.”

Seven Lakers had multiple point nights.

Detroit Lakes will continue Mid-State Conference play Friday, Dec. 5 at home versus Prairie Centre (0-3, 0-1). Drop of the puck is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.


Laker results

Northern Lakes at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Dec. 2



First period

DL - R. DeConcini from Hallisey and Bollig 5:22

DL - Lund from Solberg and Boomgarden 8:31

DL - R. DeConcini from J. DeConcini 15:27

Second period

DL - R. DeConcini from Hallisey and J. DeConcini 1:03

DL - Lund from Berby and Heimark 1:24

DL - Richards from Bollig and R. DeConcini 7:21

DL - J. DeConcini from Bollig and Solberg 8:32

Third period

DL - R. DeConcini from Richards 0:57

DL - Lund from Tulius 8:09

Saves: DL Steele 20/20; NL Stangel 35/44