Bears steal pivotal section game from Lakers
Lake of the Woods came out with big hits and the lead in the third period while Laker skaters spent too much time in the penalty box to hand the Bears a 5-3 Section 8A boys hockey victory Friday night at Kent Freeman Arena.
The teams skated to a 2-2 tie after the opening 17 minutes of play.
Will Green and Trey Seebold scored four minutes apart to give the Lakers an early 2-0 lead.
Kade Chapman answered with back-to-back goals to knot the score.
Chapman had a natural hat trick plus one scoring four straight goals in the game. He had the lone tally in the second period beating DL goalie Blake Itzen stick-side high for a 3-2 lead at 16:09.
The opening five minutes of the second saw plenty of opportunities for both teams but no shots on goal. DL killed an interference penalty to Brady Morris and play opened up at the seven-minute mark with both teams attacking on odd-man rushes to no avail.
The Bears pressured heavily after the go-ahead goal and Itzen made a key shoulder save on Nathan Poolman at the post on a feed from Chapman.
DL’s Jace Kovash was sent to the box 10 seconds into the third period for interference and Trey Seebold was rocked by a hit near the Bears’ bench and left the ice slowly.
Chapman scored his fourth goal second later on the power play at 1:16 which proved to be the game-winner.
The Lakers’ Cam Gilbertson was sent off on a five-minute major penalty that looked to doom an attempted Laker comeback. However, DL penalty killers turned offensive momentum in their favor a man down.
Ryan Paskey picked up an open ice puck and drove to the Bears net to set up a rebound for Ben Unruh alone in front. Unruh scored to give the Lakers a chance trailing 4-3 with eight minutes remaining in the game.
DL was 30 seconds from killing the full major when Brady Morris was sent off for high sticking.
Collin Ginnaty had the best scoring opportunity on a shorthanded breakaway but his bid to tie the game failed. Ginnaty had a second opportunity showcasing his speed to get to open ice but could not find the back of the net.
After killing the Morris penalty, Jackson Fields was forced to take a slash when Poolman got loose in front of Itzen with 2:39 to go.
The DL penalty kill stood tall again and provided another opportunity from Unruh but his backhand shot was an easy save for Bears’ goalie Lemuel Carradice.
DL took a timeout with 90 seconds remaining to set up getting Itzen off the ice. The Bears won a key faceoff at neutral ice and killed some clock. Poolman put the game away with an empty net goal.
The win will move Lake of the Woods (11-2-2) ahead of DL (6-9-1) in the section QRF standings and stand out when the coaches meet to seed the teams for the playoffs.
The Lakers hit the road for their next game Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Jamestown for a fifth and final game against North Dakota schools. DL is aiming at a first win in those five games.
LW 2 1 2 - 5
DL 2 0 1 - 3
D-Will Green (even strength) (Jackson Carlblom, Cam Gilbertson)
D-Trey Seebold (even strength) (Collin Ginnaty, Jace Kovash)
L-Kade Chapman (even strength)
L-Kade Chapman (even strength) (Jackson Arpin)
L-Kade Chapman (even strength) (Nathan Poolman)
L-Kade Chapman (power play) (Nathan Poolman)
D-Ben Unruh (shorthanded) (Ryan Paskey)
L-Nathan Poolman (power play)
Saves: L-Carradice 24; D-Itzen 18