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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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.
Jack DeConcini recorded a hat trick and a fourth goal as the Lakers bombarded Prairie Centre 8-0 in running time at Kent Freeman Arena Thursday night in Mid-State Conference boys hockey action. Nick Lund opened the scoring for the Lakers for the second consecutive game and recorded the game-winner five minutes into play on assists by Ryan Paskey and Will Stowman. DL outshot the North Stars 14-3 in the period but goalie Jesson Gould kept the Stars in the game.
Grand Forks Red River snapped a four-game Detroit Lakes win streak 9-2 Saturday as the Lakers finished a six-game road trip, which included a Friday night 3-2 victory over Lake of the Woods at the VFW Arena in East Grand Forks. Collin Ginnaty and Ryan Paskey gave Detroit Lakes a 2-1 lead in the first period scoring back-to-back after Nathan Poolman of Lake of the Woods tallied the opening goal of the game.
Anna Payne had the lone goal of the second period to pull DL within two scores but the Fergus Falls Otters put the game away early in the third en route to a 7-2 girls hockey victory at Kent Freeman Arena Saturday afternoon. Despite being stuck playing defense in their own zone much of the game, the Lakers held Fergus Falls off the scoreboard for 17 minutes after the Otters staked a 3-0 lead on first period tallies by Abby Hobbs, Sophie Rausch on the power play and Lauren Werner.
Senior captain Jack DeConcini’s lone goal of the third period held up in a 2-1 Detroit Lakes boys hockey victory over Fargo North Saturday at the Fargo Coliseum. It was the first time this season the Lakers have put together consecutive wins and DL is 4-1-1 in their last six games after a tough 0-4 start to the year. After a scoreless first period, DL fell behind on an even strength goal by Fargo’s Caleb Fritel.