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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Crookston and Detroit Lakes met for the second time in 10 days and the Pirates defended home ice in a 3-1 victory Tuesday night to even the season series and muddle the top of the standings in Section 8A.
Northern Lakes took over first place in the Mid-State Conference with a 6-2 victory over the Laker girls hockey team Tuesday night at Kent Freeman Arena. The Lakers were playing their first game in two weeks after the holiday break. The Lightning played three games over the break at a tournament in Blaine and had more jump in the rush while DL tried to shake off the rust from a fortnight off the ice.
After watching 50 shots stopped in the Otter Classic opening game loss to West Fargo, the Detroit Lakes boys hockey team wanted to get on the board and off the schneid quickly in game two versus Park Rapids. The Lakers did just that and cruised to a 2-0 victory over the Panthers at the Fergus Falls Community Arena Thursday afternoon.
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.
The Laker girls hockey team responded from a two-goal deficit to tie the game in the third period but Lauren Hanson scored the game-winner as Fargo Davies escaped Kent Freeman Arena with 4-2 victory Tuesday night. Davies came out strong and controlled tempo and held the attack zone for much of a scoreless first period. Laker goalie Kyndra McDougall made nine saves to keep the zero on the board and the Lakers responded with seven shots of their own on Davies netminder Sydney Peterson.
Power plays were the difference late in the game Saturday at Kent Freeman Arena as the St. Paul Johnson Governors stifled a five-minute major shorthanded situation and Carl Fish scored on the man advantage to give the visitors a 4-3 victory over Detroit Lakes.
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.