The Detroit Lakes girls hockey team picked up its first victory of the season defeating Prairie Centre 2-1 Thursday, Dec. 5 at Kent Freeman Arena.

“We finally started shooting,” head coach Scott Piepkorn said. “Now we need rebounds and quality shot work. The kids worked hard; hopefully we are becoming a team.”

Olivia Cunningham broke a 1-all tie exactly at the midpoint of the third period with the game-winner assisted by Emma Coley and Madyson Melgard.

Melgard had a two-point night after opening the scoring late in first period assisted by Hadlee Justesen and McKenna Burhans.

Hadlee Justesen looks to center the puck during a 2-1 Detroit Lakes girls hockey victory over Prairie Centre Thursday, Dec. 5 at Kent Freeman Arean. Justesen assisted on DL's first goal of the game. Robert Williams / Tribune
Hadlee Justesen looks to center the puck during a 2-1 Detroit Lakes girls hockey victory over Prairie Centre Thursday, Dec. 5 at Kent Freeman Arean. Justesen assisted on DL's first goal of the game. Robert Williams / Tribune

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Prairie Centre’s Shelby Otte and Megan Och set up Faith Zigan with the lone goal for the visitors and only tally of the second period to tie the game.

All three goals were scored at even strength.

Prairie Centre (1-8) was 0-4 on the power play, Detroit Lakes had only one opportunity.

Leah Honer made seven saves to earn the victory. The Blue Devils’ Kennedy Lemke stopped 36 Laker shots.

Detroit Lakes improved to 1-7 overall heading into a Section 8A rematch with East Grand Forks on Green Wave ice Tuesday, Dec. 10. East Grand Forks (3-3) defeated the Lakers 6-1 at Kent Freeman in the second game of the season.



PC 0 1 0 - 1

DL 1 0 1 - 2

DL - Madyson Melgard (even strength) (Hadlee Justesen, McKenna Burhans)

PC - Faith Zigan (even strength) (Shelby Otte, Megan Och)

DL - Olivia Cunningham (even strength) (Emma Coley, Madyson Melgard)