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Lightning rally to tip Becker-Big Lake 2-1

Mitch Stangel stopped 31 shots to help the Northern Lakes Lightning rally past the Becker-Big Lake Eagles in a non-conference boys’ hockey game on Saturday, Nov. 30, in Princeton.

Becker-Big Lake’s Zack Vieau scored 3:08 into the game for the only goal of the first period. The Lightning tied it at 14:06 of the second period when Josh Maucieri tallied, assisted by Dalton Rickard. Northern Lakes then netted the winning goal on Nick Blanchette’s unassisted goal just 22 seconds into the third period.

The Lightning, 2-1 overall, faced Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and will host Mora on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Breezy Point Arena.

Northern Lakes 0 1 1 - 2

Becker-Big Lake 1 0 0 - 1

First period: B/BL-Zack Vieau 3:08

Second period: NL-Josh Maucieri (Dalton Rickard) 14:06

Third period: NL- Nick Blanchette :22

Shots on goal: NL 22, B-BL 32

Goalies: NL-Mitch Stangel 31 saves: B/BL-Ben Manzke 20

Princeton 6, Lightning 1

On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Northern Lakes was outshot 53-16 in losing to the Tigers in a non-conference game before a large crowd at Breezy Point Arena.

“Princeton was a good team with two returning 40-point guys,” Lightning head coach Craig Larson said of Collin Buness and Jake Green, who each had three points. “We were taken back by their speed. We didn’t see that speed in our first game (an opening season win over Breckenridge/Wahpeton).

“We couldn’t get into a groove. We don’t have a lot of experience with only one player returning with more than 10 points (last season). It will get better once we learn our new system.”

Larson added that goaltender Jaeger Reed improved as the game progressed while making his first start of the season.

“As the game went on, he got dialed in,” Larson said of Reed, who finished with 37 saves. “Jaeger played well in our scrimmage against Virginia. So it’s important to give both of our goalies a look.”

Nick Reed scored for Northern Lakes, assisted by Nick Olson, on the power play in the third period.

Princeton 2 4 0 — 6

Northern Lakes 0 0 1 — 1

First period: P-Tyler McAlpine (Collin Buness, Jake Green) 6:11; P-Joey Stenslie (Derek Abrahamson) 3:24

Second period: P-Buness (Justin Carlson) 15:54; P-Silas Reek (Buness, Cam Paulson) ppg 12:29; P-Green (McAlpine, Dale Anderson) 11:17; P-AJ Wesloh (Green, Anderson) 2:58

Third period: NL-Nick Reed (Nick Olson) ppg 13:22

Shots on goal: NL 16, P 43

Goalies: NL-Jaeger Reed (37 saves); P-Max Mattson (15 saves)