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 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.
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.