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Boys hockey: Lightning fall to North Branch in season finale

Northern Lakes goalie Jake Arnold drops down for a pad save against North Branch on Thursday, Feb. 15. Dan Determan / Echo Journal 1 / 2
Lightning defenseman Maverick Engstrom pulls the puck out of reach of a North Branch opponent on Thursday, Feb. 15. Dan Determan / Echo Journal2 / 2

Dylan Mesenbrink and Kasey Couture netted goals for the Northern Lakes boys hockey team, but the Lightning fell 11-2 to North Branch in a Section 5-1A matchup on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Garrett Westlund, Drew Elfering and Maverick Engstrom were credited with assists for the Lightning, while goalies Jake Arnold and Wyatt Fink combined for 30 saves.

North Branch outshot Northern Lakes 41-23 in the final regular-season game for the Lightning who enter the section playoffs 5-20. The team faced Becker in a section play-in game on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

North Branch 2 6 3—11

Northern Lakes 1 1 0—2

Shots on goal: NL 23, NB 41

Goalies: NL-Jake Arnold, Wyatt Fink (30 saves); NB-Trevor Mellen (21 saves)

Overall: NL 5-20.