EGF downs Lakers in home opener

East Grand Forks used an effective forecheck and scored the first five goals of the game in a 5-2 victory over Detroit Lakes in the Lakers' home opener Thursday, Nov. 15 at Kent Freeman Arena.

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Detroit Lakes' Madyson Melgard skates with the puck behind the net during the Lakers' season-opener against East Grand Forks. Robert Williams/Forum News Service

East Grand Forks used an effective forecheck and scored the first five goals of the game in a 5-2 victory over Detroit Lakes in the Lakers’ home opener Thursday, Nov. 15 at Kent Freeman Arena.

Green Wave freshman Kendra Emery and sophomore Lainey Pesch got to the Laker net and past the Lakers’ sophomore goalie Leah Honer in the first four minutes for a 2-0 lead. Both goals came at even strength.

Play settled down and remained scoreless for the remainder of the period with the Green Wave holding a distinct edge in shots on goal 17-7.

Eighth-grader Kate Johnson and senior Alex Beauchamp tallied within two minutes of each other in the middle of the second period for a 4-0 advantage.

Karrigan Hallisey had DL’s best scoring opportunity of the first 34 minutes on a rush to the glove side of EGF goalie Megan Birkholz shooting for the far corner and finding the crossbar.


Beauchamp’s goal came on the power play. The teams combined for seven penalties in the second period, three by the Lakers, something the coaching staff wants to shore up.

"They've got to stay out of the penalty box," assistant coach Mike Schiltz said heading to the locker room during the second intermission.

The Lakers committed eight penalties in the game. EGF was whistled for six.

Both teams fired often on the opposing net in the second period with the Green Wave holding an 18-13 shots on goal advantage.

Junior Kylie Stauss put the Green Wave up 5-0 at one-minute, 39-seconds of the third period before the Lakers answered with the final two goals of the game.

Senior Lily Burnside scored her team-leading third goal of the season off a Karrigan Hallisey assist. Both players assisted on freshman Emma Coley’s goal at the 10-minute mark for the 5-2 final.

Shots on goal for the game were 49-26 Green Wave. East Grand was 1-8 (12.5 percent) on the power play; the Lakers were 0-6.

Birkholz made 24 stops to earn the victory in net. Honer recorded 44 saves.


Burnside (1G, 1A) and Hallisey (2A) had multi-point games for DL.

McDonald (3A) and Emery (1G, 2A) led the visitors.

The Green Wave improved to 3-0 on the season. The two goals by the Lakers were the first allowed by East Grand Forks in nine periods of play.

The Lakers (0-2) head back on the road Friday, Nov. 16 to play at Thief River Falls. The Prowlers will be the third consecutive team the Lakers have played ranked in the top 20 of Let’s Play Hockey’s state rankings. Thief River Falls is ranked No. 7, EGF is at No. 9 and DL’s season-opening opponents, the Fergus Falls Otters, are No. 16.


EGF 2 2 1 - 5

DL   0 0 2 - 2



E - Kendra Emery (even strength) (Alex Beauchamp, Madison McDonald)

E - Lainey Pesch (even strength) (Madison McDonald, Kendra Emery)

E - Kate Johnson (even strength) (Madison McDonald, Kendra Emery)

E - Alex Beauchamp (power play) (Kylie Stauss)

E - Kylie Stauss (even strength) (Avery Kovar)

D - Lily Burnside (even strength) (Karrigan Hallisey)

D - Emma Coley (even strength) (Lily Burnside, Karrigan Hallisey)

Karrigan Hallisey just missed getting DL on the board in the second period when this shot caromed off the crossbar. Robert Williams/Forum News Service

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