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Laker boys' hockey advances in Section 8-1A playoffs

HALLOCK — In a match-up between two potent first lines for the quarterfinal round of the Section 8-1A playoffs, it was depth which prevailed for the No. 5 Detroit Lakes boys’ hockey team in its 5-2 victory over No. 4 Kittson Central.

Even though the Lakers had two scores from their leading scorers in sophomore Jon Richards and junior Ryan DeConcini, they found crucial goals by the other lines, as well by their defense.

A fast start was key for DL, as Sam Boomgarden put the Lakers up 1-0 early on, with Brandon Olson assisting on the score.

Richards added another goal in the first with the assist dished by Wilson Lysford, but Kittson Central tied the game up with the first two goals in the second period by Dalton Klegstad and Nick Kasprowicz.

But senior defenseman Michael Herrmann scored a huge power play goal on assists by Richards and Josh Bollig with just 30 seconds left in the second, giving momentum and the lead to the Lakers 3-2.

That was more than enough, as speedy forward Jonathan Hallisey and DeConcini added the insurance goals in the third for the 5-2 win.

Junior MacKenzie Steele was also consistent in net, shutting down all of the Bearcats’ four power play series.

The Lakers faced top-seeded East Grand Forks in the semifinals Saturday in Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls.

Section 8-1A quarterfinals: (5) Detroit Lakes at (4) Kittson Central, Thursday, Feb. 20.

Lakers 2 1 2 – 5

Bearcats 0 2 0 – 2

1st Period -- Scoring: DTRTLK - Boomgarden Goal (even strength) (Olson) 0:00; DTRTLK - Richards Goal (even strength) (Lysford) 12:04. Penalties: Vagle, KITTSN (Checking from Behind, Major, 5 min) 0:36; Vagle, KITTSN (Checking from Behind, Misconduct, 10 min) 0:36; Bollig, DTRTLK (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 5:57; Hallisey, DTRTLK (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 6:26. Goalie Changes: None

2nd Period -- Scoring: KITTSN - Klegstad Goal (short handed) 9:50; KITTSN - Kasprowicz Goal (even strength) (Mortenson, Pastir) 11:53; DTRTLK - Herrmann Goal (power play) (Richards, Bollig) 16:30. Penalties: Heimark, DTRTLK (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 3:16; Kasprowicz, KITTSN (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 8:40; Younggren, KITTSN (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 16:02. Goalie Changes: None

3rd Period -- Scoring: DTRTLK - Hallisey Goal (even strength) 1:30; DTRTLK - Deconcini Goal (even strength) 6:44. Penalties: Nelson, DTRTLK (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 9:22; Boomgarden, DTRTLK (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 16:29; Kasprowicz, KITTSN (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 16:29. Goalie Changes: None

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.