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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Lakers shutout Crookston for second straight win
Detroit Lakes handed Park Rapids its first conference loss and improved to 3-0 in the Mid-State taking over sole possession of first place after a 4-3 victory in Park Rapids Tuesday night. The Lakers have won three consecutive games after an 0-4 start and are playing solid hockey with a full lineup. Last week, Ryan Paskey’s return ignited the top line in an eight-goal barrage and the top offensive showing this season.
Sophomore forward Madyson Melgard had the lone shot on goal in overtime and made it count to give Detroit Lakes a 5-4 Mid-State Conference victory over Prairie Centre Thursday night at Kent Freeman Arena. Senior scoring leader Anna Payne paused her rush through center ice to allow Melgard to enter the zone on right wing and fed the puck to the streaking winger who shot from just above the goal line trickling a bouncing puck past Blue Devils’ goalie Mackenzie Och for the game-winner.
Junior goalie Blake Itzen picked up his first varsity career victory and Detroit Lakes notched its first win of the season in a 3-2 triumph on the road over Northern Lakes Tuesday night. Trey Seebold gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead on the only goal of the first period at 7:08 on assists by Jace Kovash and Ben Unruh. The Lakers outshot the Lightning in every period of play leading to a 30-18 advantage by the end of the game.
The Bismarck Demons got a pair of second period goals to send the Detroit Lakes boys hockey team to a fourth straight defeat 2-1 at Kent Freeman Arena Saturday afternoon. Chase Fuhrman scored an unassisted, power play goal at 15:18 to give the Demons a 1-0 lead. Zachary Schmidt and Joseph Heinert set up Grayden Stone on an even strength game-winner less than two minutes later.
Sartell/Sauk Rapids came out flying and scored four first period goals to snap a two-game Laker win streak 5-1 Thursday night in girls hockey at Kent Freeman Arena. The Storm’N’Sabres scored all four early goals in two separate spans of less than a minute. Madison Mollner gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 5:19; 44 seconds later, Maggie Kulus scored on a rebound at 6:03.
The Detroit Lakes girls hockey team won for the second game in a row defeating Park Rapids 2-1 Tuesday night on the road to even their mark at 1-1 in the Mid-State Conference. “It is good to see these wins early,” said Laker head coach Gretchen Norby. “It seems like their confidence continues to grow and we are improving on those little things that will win hockey games for us.” The Lakers outshot the Panthers by a huge margin of 51-14.
The Grafton/Park River Spoilers took advantage of a five-minute power play in the third period to complete a comeback over Detroit Lakes 5-3 Tuesday night at Kent Freeman Arena. The Spoilers went on the major man advantage at 5:02 of the third period leading 3-2 and scored eight seconds in off a faceoff in the offensive zone when a Jacob Erovick shot from the point rebounded to Tom Magnusson who stuffed the puck past Laker goalie Ryan Wheeler.
Sophomore center Hayden Boelter scored midway through the third period on an assist from Chelsea Skluzacek and the Northern Lights Lightning held the Lakers at bay in a 3-2 Mid-State Conference opening victory Tuesday night at Breezy Point Hockey Arena. Detroit Lakes never led but tied the game twice.
Goalie Kyndra McDougall and the Laker defensive units played strong hockey Friday night in a 2-0 victory over Woodbury Area to notch the first Detroit Lakes girls hockey victory of the early season at Kent Freeman Arena. McDougall turned aside all 34 Woodbury shots to record the shutout and got strong play from her top two defensive pairings in keeping the puck out of the net.