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Pederson stops 50 shots to shutout Lakers at Otter Classic

West Fargo sophomore goalie Gabe Pederson makes one of his 50 saves denying Will Stowman (12) in a 2-0 Packer victory over Detroit Lakes to open play at the Otter Classic in Fergus Falls Wednesday, Robert Williams / Tribune

Detroit Lakes head coach Todd Dwyer was frustrated with his team’s performance after the first period and West Fargo sophomore goalie Gabe Pederson compounded that with his first career shutout in a 2-0 Packers’ victory over the Lakers in the opening game of the Otter Classic hockey tournament in Fergus Falls Wednesday afternoon.

Both teams went to the first intermission scoreless. The Lakers held a 16-4 advantage in shots on goal, but Dwyer called his team’s play selfish and lazy.

Laker skaters passed up a number or puck sharing opportunities for shots in the period and while the level of DL’s play improved over the following two periods, Pederson was in the right place with a strong game of positional play in net to keep the Lakers off the scoreboard.

Brayden Jacobson got the Packers on the board in the opening minute of the second period with a shot that beat DL goalie Ryan Wheeler from the right circle.

Wheeler had a tough game going lengthy minutes without a shot on goal from the Packers and seeing sporadic offensive output from the opposition.


DL defenseman Jackson Fields had a strong chance to tie the game shorthanded on the breakaway but was stymied.

The Lakers had a five-on-three for 20 seconds with a faceoff in the offensive zone but could not score on either power play.

The score remained 1-0 after two periods with the Lakers holding a big 30-6 shot advantage.

DL got another power play opportunity three minutes into the third period on a tripping call to the Packers’ Devin Wolf.

Fields was hauled down on a holding call midway through the third period while shooting from the right circle but the power play was negated on a tripping call to Jace Kovash seconds later.

West Fargo’s Jackson Prochnow went to the box and the Lakers had a four-on-three and a minute of four-on-four play and continued to press Pederson to no avail.

Trey Seebold was whistled for a crosscheck with 4:32 remaining and Prochnow scored on the power play with assists credited to Tanner Nelson and Zach Teske.

Dwyer pulled Wheeler with two minutes to play but Pederson and the Packers stood firm despite a final 50-12 differential in shots on goal.

DL led in faceoffs winning 26 of 44 (59 percent).

DL  0 0 0 - 0

WF 0 1 1 - 2

W - Jacobson (unassisted)

W - Prochnow PP (Nelson, Teske)

Saves: W - Pederson 50, D - Wheeler 10

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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