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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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.
Detroit Lakes went toe-to-toe with Thief River Falls for two periods but the Prowlers picked up the pace of play and scored four third period goals in a 7-2 Section 8A victory Tuesday night at Kent Freeman Arena. The Lakers were outshot 12-4 in the opening period but came away with a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Anna Payne in the final minute.
Fergus Falls scored six unanswered goal to erase an early Laker first period lead and defeat Detroit Lakes 6-1 in the season opening game for both teams Saturday afternoon at Kent Freeman Arena. Karrigan Hallisey scored in the opening 30 seconds on assists from Payton Carlblom and Anna Payne to get the DL season off to a hot start, but it was all Otters after that.
The Detroit Lakes girls hockey team does not want a repeat of last season and have put in the preseason work and insisted upon a change in attitude to get the program turned around from a four-win campaign in 2016. “We definitely have room for improvements, but we can only go up from here,” said tri-captain Anna Payne.