Weather Forecast


Boys hockey: Lightning tops W-DC, falls to Princeton

Shane Donovan races toward the W-DC goal in the first period of 10-4 victory over the Wolverines Tuesday, Dec. 12. Dan Determan / Echo Journal 1 / 2
Lightning forward Garrett Westlund loads up for a breakaway wrist shot in Northern Lakes' 10-4 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday, Dec. 12. Dan Determan / Echo Journal2 / 2

After three straight losses, the Northern Lakes Lightning boys hockey team bounced back with a 10-4 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

"It was a good win for the guys to have after a pretty tough weekend," coach Craig Larson said. "It was good for them to come in and get a good run and get some better play up front with our forward lines."

Shane Donovan tallied three goals and three assists for a Lightning team that were outshot by their opponents 33-26.

"We found our spots and skated into the right areas," Larson said. "We did the little things right. We played with intensity, and I think playing on our home turf was a big thing."

Also scoring for Northern Lakes was Maverick Engstrom, Drew Elfering, Bryce Wagner, Luke Tangen, Zach Myhre and Dylan Messenbrink.

The Lightning came away with the win despite the team committing eight penalties - including one major penalty for checking from behind and another for boarding.

"I don't want the kids to take away their intensity and their ability to finish their checks, but they need to make better quick decisions when they are finishing checks - if they see the back of the jersey or if they're too close to the boards," Larson said. "I don't want them to change anything, but I want them to open their eyes a little bit when they do it."

Northern Lakes 3 3 4—10

Wadena-DC 2 2 0—4

First period: NL-Shane Donovan (Garrett Westlund) 16:16, WDC-Colby Schertler (Andrew Sundby) 13:05, WDC-Sundby (Schertler, Preston Warren) PP 11:01, NL-Maverick Engstrom (Donovan, Drew Elfering) 1:18, NL-Elfering (Donovan) 0:48

Second period: NL-Bryce Wagner (Dylan Messenbrink) 12:13, NL-Luke Tangen (Josh Lelwica) 1:32, WDC-Justin Dykhoff (Max Philips) 2:14, NL-Donovan 0:57, WDC-Warren (Dykhoff, Sundby) 0:33

Third period: NL-Zach Myhre (Donovan) 16:27, NL-Messenbrink (Kasey Couture) 15:11, NL-Donovan (Westlund, Elfering) 12:11, NL-Engstrom (Couture, Nate Finnerty) 10:35

Shots on goal: WDC 43, NL 30

Goalies: WDC-Noah Stevens (33 saves); NL-Wyatt Fink (26 saves)

Conference: WDC 0-1, NL 2-1. Overall: WDC 5-2, NL 2-3. Next:

Princeton 7, Lightning 4

Kasey Couture scored two goals, but the Lightning fell to Princeton 7-4 on Friday, Dec. 15.

Couture notched the first goal of the game early in the first period, but the Tigers responded with the next six goals, three of which came on the power play. The Lightning then followed with three straight goals coming from Elfering, Donovan and Couture. The Tigers scored one more goal in the third period to seal a three-goal win.

Princeton 2 4 1—7

Northern Lakes 1 3 0—4

First period: NL-Kasey Couture (Nate Finnerty) 14:49, P-Jack Southard 9:24, P-Michael Pazdernick (Carter Flor, Tyler Danielson) PP 4:08.

Second period: P-Matt Swanson (Hunter Orrock, Southard) 16:28, P-Orrock (Lake Glaser, Swanson) PP 12:45, P-Glaser (Swanson) PP 11:07, P-Swanson (Glaser) SH 9:26, NL-Drew Elfering (Shane Donovan, Garrett Westlund) 6:06, NL-Donovan (Elfering, Westlund) 2:50, NL-Couture (Dylan Mesenbrink) 1:22.

Third period: P-Markus Abrahamson (Ryan Smith) 3:21.

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper