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The Northern Lakes Lightning girls’ hockey team dropped its first two games of the season – losing to Moose Lake-Willow River 5-2 on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Breezy Point Arena and then falling 5-1 at Park Rapids on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Northern Lakes is scheduled to play at Moose Lake-Willow River on Thursday, Nov. 21, and then face Laverne on Friday, Nov. 22, in Long Prairie.

Park Rapids 5, Lightning 1

Northern Lakes’ senior Courtney Kittock tied the game 1-1 in the second period, but Northern Lakes then surrendered three goals later in the period in a loss to the Panthers on Nov. 14.

“We played pretty even throughout the whole game,” said Lightning coach Kristen Harsha. “It was a fast paced, physical game, and the girls kept up. Unfortunately a couple times we gave up on our backcheck too early, and Park Rapids was able to capitalize.

“Although Park Rapids kept scoring, our team never gave up. It’s still early in the season, and we are constantly working on different line combinations.”

Hailey Deutsch made 24 saves for the Lightning, who outshot the Panthers 14-8 in the second period.

Northern Lakes 0 1 0 — 1

Park Rapids 1 3 1 — 5

First period: Mady Vaudrin (Danika Aletto, Alex Pederson) 16:50

Second period: NL-Courtney Kittock (Mariah Reed) 16:35; PR-Kendra Dresow (Brooke Jerger) 15:18; PR-Vaudrin (Tayah Otterness) 11:34; PR-Dresow (Jerger) 6:21

Third period: PR-Emma Gribbin (Pederson, Otterness) 2:11

Shots on goal: NL 4-14-8-26, PR 9-8-12-29

Goalies: NL-Hailey Deutsch (24 saves); PR-Shania Johnson (25 saves)

ML-WR 5, Lightning 2

On Nov. 12, Megan Snyder scored two goals and Mariah Reed assisted on both as Northern Lakes was defeated by Moose Lake-Willow River in the season opener.

The Lightning feel behind 3-1 after the opening period, but cut the deficit to 3-2 with the only goal of the middle session. ML-WR extended the lead to 4-2 early in the third period and then iced the win with a goal in the final 15.3 seconds.

“It was our first game, and it was at home so the girls were pretty jacked up,” Harsha said, “but we fell behind and lost races to pucks. We also did not play position hockey. We left a lot of girls open in front of the net, which will eventually break a team down. That happened against Moose Lake.”

Stephanie DeGrote also had an assist for the Lightning, who was outshot 26-17. Junior goaltender Madison Galligan stopped 21 shots in the loss.

Moose Lake-WR 3 0 2 — 5

Northern Lakes 1 1 0 — 2

First period: ML-WR-Asia Gobel ((Sage Gerard) 2:10; NL-Megan Snyder (Mariah Reed) 9:00; ML-WR-Cheyanne Wilson (Karina Cisar) 13:07; ML-WR-Jessica Bird (Andrea Youngberg) 13:40

Second period: NL-Snyder (Reed, Stephanie Degrote) 9:14

Third period: ML-WR-Youngberg 5:06; ML-WR-Bird (ppg) 16:45

Shots on goal: ML-WR 11-5-10-26; NL 6-5-6-17

Goalies: ML-WR-Cassie White (15 saves); NL-Madison Galligan (21 saves)

Lightning JV wins twice

The Northern Lakes Lightning girls’ junior varsity hockey team won its first two games of the season – defeating Moose Lake-Willow River 6-3 on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Breezy Point Arena, and topping Park Rapids 6-1 on the road on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Against ML-WR, Sam Gutzman and Allie Olson each scored twice while Sydney Tietz added a goal and three assists for the Lightning.

Tietz’ netted the winning goal to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead while playing shorthanded in the second period. Deutsch, who made 20 saves, was the winning goaltender.

Against Park Rapids, Brittney Knox and Megan Snyder each tallied twice while Mackenzie Rickard added a goal and an assist. Galligan made 16 saves to earn the win.