Alex Bren’s wrist shot from the slot 59 seconds into play started a nine-goal scoring barrage in a Detroit Lakes 9-0 shutout of Park Rapids in Section 8A boys hockey on Seniors and Parents night Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Kent Freeman Arena.
The Lakers’ second line of Bren, Jordan Fields and Drew Schwan scored on their first two shifts of the game when Schwan buried the second DL goal from close range.
Beau Boehne recorded a hat trick scoring his first of the night near the midway point of the period. Junior defenseman Braeden Wimmer picked up an assist on each of the Lakers’ first three goals.
Jackson Fields and Lukas Justesen set up Dominic Denardo’s goal for a 4-0 lead three minutes later. The tally was Denardo’s first goal of the season.
Boehne capped the five-goal first at 15:29 assisted by Jack Penney and Maddux Kovash. Penney had two assists in the period.
Bren scored his second a minute into the second period and Boehne completed his hat trick 14 seconds later.
Hunter Burnside scored on the power play off of Wimmer’s fourth assist of the night a minute into the third period. Kovash capped the scoring unassisted at 9:40 of the period.
The ice was tilted massively in favor of Laker goalie Blake Itzen. The senior needed only six saves to earn the shutout. Ben Strandlie stopped 31 shots for the Panthers.
The game was the final regular season home game for seniors Maddux Kovash, Alex Bren, Hunter Burnside, Jackson Fields, Drew Schwan, Reed Benson, Dominic Denardo and Blake Itzen.
The Section 8A playoff seeding meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12 but was delayed until Thursday because of the weather.
The DL junior varsity also put up nine goals in a 9-3 win over the Panthers to extend the Lakers’ winning streak to 17 games. Both the DL varsity and JV will finish the regular season Thursday, Feb. 13 at Little Falls. The 18-5-1 Flyers are ranked No. 10 in Class A.
The bottom four teams in 8A will begin the playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the high seed. The quarterfinal round will be played Thursday, Feb. 20. The Lakers are projected as a likely four or five seed.
Detroit Lakes 9, Park Rapids 0
DL 5 2 2 - 9
PR 0 0 0 - 0
DL - Alex Bren (Braeden Wimmer, Drew Schwan)
DL - Drew Schwan (Braeden Wimmer, Alex Bren)
DL - Beau Boehne (Jack Penny, Braeden Wimmer)
DL - Dominic Denardo (Jackson Fields, Lucas Justesen)
DL - Beau Boehne (Jack Penny, Maddux Kovash)
DL - Alex Bren (Drew Schwan, Jordan Fields)
DL - Beau Boehne
DL - Hunter Burnside (Braeden Wimmer)
DL - Maddux Kovash
Saves: DL - Blake Itzen 6; PR - Ben Strandlie 31
Top 10 Detroit Lakes scorers
(Name, GP, G-A, Points)
Alex Bren 22 GP, 15-16 31
Jackson Fields 21 GP, 12-10 22
Braeden Wimmer 22 GP, 5-15 20
Drew Schwan 21 GP, 7-8 15
Jordan Fields\u000924 GP, 4-10 14
Hunter Burnside 23 GP, 3-10 13
Jacob McAllister 24 GP, 6-5 11
Beau Boehne 21 GP, 8-3 11
Spencer Bergman 24 GP, 3-7 10
Reed Benson 22 GP, 2-7 9
Section 8A Standings
(QRF Rank, Team, Section, Overall)
No. 3 Warroad 8-0-0 23-2-0
No. 5 East Grand Forks 7-2-0 17-4-2
No. 15 Thief River Falls 6-4-0 13-10-1
No. 29 Detroit Lakes 7-3-0 13-9-2
No. 40 Kittson Central 10-3-0 17-7-0
No. 48 Red Lake Falls 7-4-0 17-8-0
No. 67 Lake of the Woods 4-9-0 6-18-0
No. 69 Crookston 3-10-0 4-20-0
No. 74 Bagley/Fosston 1-7-0 5-16-0
No. 75 Park Rapids Area 1-12-0 4-20-0