Robert is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning 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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A pair of No. 4 seeds in their respective sections, Detroit Lakes and Little Falls, skated to a 2-2 tie in a hardfought regular season home finale for the Lakers Thursday night. “That’s what we want,” Laker head coach Todd Dwyer said. “Playing together and we’ve got to play with desperation. If we don’t have that desperation this time of year, we’re going to be in trouble.” The Lakers maintained composure in some desperate times late in the game.
Park Rapids senior goalie Julia Smith stopped all 26 Laker shots and the No. 4-seeded Panthers erupted for five goals in the second period to end the No. 5 Detroit Lakes girls hockey season 6-0 in the play-in round of Section 8A playoffs at Ted O’Johnson Ice Arena in Park Rapids Thursday. Both teams needed a quick start and Park Rapids got that from leading scorer Alexa Kennedy with a goal in the opening minute of play.
The air will be thick with tension at Thursday night’s Section 8A Girls opening round hockey matchup between No. 5 Detroit Lakes and No. 4 Park Rapids Area on Panther home ice. Both regular season meetings went to overtime “It is going to be a very competitive game,” Laker head coach Gretchen Norby said. “Obviously, we are two pretty evenly-matched teams.”
Freshman Shane Donovan scored both goals for Northern Lakes as the Lightning clinched sole possession of the Mid-State Conference boys hockey championship with a 2-1 victory over the Lakers Tuesday at Breezy Point Ice Arena in Pequot Lakes. Northern Lakes worked the puck down low and Josh Maucieri set up a Donovan wrist shot in front which beat DL goalie Ben Boomgarden for a 2-1 lead midway through the third period.
The Detroit Lakes hockey team put a scare into undefeated Grand Forks Central trailing 3-2 after two periods of play, but the Knights responded with a pair of shorthanded goals in the third period to escape Kent Freeman Arena with a 5-2 victory to improve to 19-0. “We competed hard and that’s what we talked about, high character today and compete hard and win battles and I think we did,” Laker head coach Todd Dwyer said. “Grand Forks is a good team; there’s a reason they’re 18-0.”
The Lakers wrapped up the regular season Thursday falling to Northern Lakes 4-0. Lightning freshman Hayden Boelter scored twice, the game-winner in the first and a shorthanded goal in the third period. She added an assist for a three-point game. Sam Gutzman scored at even strength in the second period, followed by Caitlyn Gutzman on the power play.
Sophomore Jackson Carlblom had a three-point third period, including two goals, his second the game-winner, in a wild 7-5 come-from-behind victory over the Wolverines in Wadena Thursday. The Lakers outshot the Wolverines 20-2 in the third period scoring five unanswered goals in response to a five-goal mid-game streak by the Wolverines. DL trailed 5-2 after two periods of play, but exploded offensively in the third.
The Laker boys hockey team won for the seventh time in eight games and goalie Ben Boomgarden recorded a second straight shutout Saturday in a 6-0 victory over Kittson Central in Section 8A action at Kent Freeman Arena. The victory pushes the Lakers to 3-2 in the section standings, where DL is currently ranked third by QRF points behind East Grand Forks and Northern Lakes. Playoff seeding is done by coaches vote in 8A making head-to-head wins imperative.
Detroit Lakes handed the Perham girls basketball team only its fifth loss of the season and a second in a row for the first time all year Saturday night holding off the Yellowjackets 57-53 at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. Both teams turned up the offense after a sluggish first half ending in a 21-20 Perham lead at the break.
Laker sophomore Lily Burnside recorded a goal and an assist in Friday night’s 8-2 loss to Moorhead in non-conference girls hockey at Kent Freeman Arena. Burnside’s unassisted power play goal in the first period held up and sent the Lakers to intermission with a 1-0 lead. The Spuds came alive in the second period scoring four times on tallies by Kara Werth, Shelbi Guttormson, Hailey Raskey and Kennedy Czichotzki. Moorhead’s first two goals were scored a minute apart to quickly snap momentum from the Lakers.