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.
Less than a minute later, DL’s Ben Unruh sprung Collin Ginnaty on a breakaway down right wing. Ginnaty beat Spoiler goalie Andrew Larson to pull within a goal trailing 4-3 at 5:57.
A tripping call gave the Spoilers a five-on-three for 50 seconds, but the best scoring chance came for DL on a breakaway by Unruh that ended in a collision near the goalmouth knocking the net off its moorings.
With 15 seconds remaining in the tripping call, five-on-four, Magnusson set up Taylor Sangrait who stuffed the puck between Wheeler and the left pipe for an insurance goal and a 5-3 lead with six minutes to play.
The Lakers started the game hot but it was the Spoilers who fought back and finished as the game wore on.
DL took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Trey Seebold in the opening minute on the power play and Jackson Carlblom at even strength just past the midway point of the first period.
Todd Anderson and Charlie Thompson each scored at even strength in the second period to send the game to the third tied 2-2.
The Spoilers killed a five minute boarding major of their own in the second period and grabbed momentum with solid work on special teams.
Thompson’s second goal of the game gave the Spoilers the lead for good on an Erovick assist at 4:17 of the third period. Thompson and Erovick worked the high low game for back-to-back, crucial goals to spark the rally for the visitors. Erovick had three assists.
Ginnaty moved up to center the top Laker line with Seebold and Unruh. All three got on the scoresheet. Ginnaty had a goal and an assist; Unruh had two helpers and Seebold scored once.
Shots were near even 29-28 Spoilers. Wheeler made 24 saves; Larson stopped 25 for the victory.
The Spoilers (1-1) defeated the Lakers by the same score at home in 2016. DL was 2-4 in six games against North Dakota schools last season.
DL falls to 0-2 and has scored three of their four goals in the first period. Ginnaty’s shorty was the first DL tally after the opening 17 minutes.
The Lakers play back-to-back home games this weekend against Bismarck Century (2-0) Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. versus Bismarck (2-0).
G 0 2 3 - 5
D 2 0 1 - 3
D - Trey Seebold (power play) (Ben Unruh, Collin Ginnaty)
D - Jackson Carlblom (even strength) (Will Green, Nick Lund)
G - Todd Anderson (even strength) (Nathan Gilleshammer)
G - Charlie Thompson (even strength) (Jacob Erovick)
G - Charlie Thompson (short handed) (Jacob Erovick)
G - Tom Magnusson (power play) (Jacob Erovick)
D - Collin Ginnaty (short handed) (Ben Unruh)
G - Taylor Sangrait (power play) (Tom Magnusson)
Saves: DL - Wheeler 24; G - Larson 25