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Lightning defeat Red Lake Falls 5-1

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Dan Determan/Echo Journal Lightning captain Max Tangen fires a shot near the blue line against Red Lake Falls Tuesday, Feb. 21.2 / 2

Josh Maucieri tallied two goals - one of them short-handed - and an assist as the Northern Lakes Lightning boys hockey team beat Red Lake Falls 5-1 in its Section 8A play-in game Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Maucieri started the scoring for the Lightning, finding the net roughly 11 minutes into the game, then assisted on a Garrett Westlund goal in the final minute before the first intermission. His second goal came roughly seven minutes into the third period while his team's penalty-kill unit was on the ice.

The Lightning also had goals from Zach Spalj and Maverick Engstrom. Brendan Knox recorded two assists.

Lightning goalie Matt Stangel recorded 20 saves.

The Lightning will face No. 2 Thief River Falls in the section quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 23.

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper