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Lightning boys season ends in E. Grand Forks

The Northern Lakes Lightning boys hockey season drew to a close on Thursday, Feb. 18, after a decisive loss to East Grand Forks

NL 4, Bagley 0

The Lightning started the week, however, with a convincing 4-0 victory over Bagley/Fosston in a Section 8A play-in game on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The game saw members of both teams spend a fair amount of time in the penalty box, with the teams combining for 52 penalty minutes. Only the lightning could capitalize, however, scoring three of their four goals with a man advantage. Two of those power-play goals came in the second period after a Bagley major penalty for checking from behind.

Brett Reed and Maverick Engstrom led the way for the Lightning, each earning a goal and an assist.

Bagley/F 0 0 0 - 0

Northern Lakes 1 3 0 - 4

First period: NL-Luke LeMieur (Jared Sewall, Brett Reed) 2:03 PP

Second period: NL- Logan Peterson (Zach Myhre) 10:20, NL-Reed (Sewall, Mav Engstrom) 2:40 PP, NL-Engstrom (Derek French) 2:03 PP

Shots on goal: NL 51, BF 23

Goalies: NL-Matt Stangel (23 saves); BF- Ben Thoma (47 saves)

Overall: NL 10-14-2. Next: Northern Lakes/Bagley-Fosston winner at No. 2 East Grand Forks in Section 8-1A quarterfinals 7 p.m. Thursday.

EGF 8, NL 1

Nick Reed recorded the only goal for the Northern Lakes Lightning who were outshot 52-5 in an 8-1 loss to the No. 2 East Grand Forks Green Wave in a Section 8A quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 18.

East Grand Forks overwhelmed the Lightning offensively throughout the game, firing off 21 shots in the first period while allowing just one shot on goal by Northern Lakes. Despite this, Lightning goalie Jaeger Reed stopped all of those 21 shots.

EGF managed four goals in the second outshooting the Lightning 16-1 and tallied four more in the third with a 15-3 shots-on-goal advantage.

Reed finished with 44 saves, as the Lightning end the season with a record of 10-15-2.

Looking to next season, the Lightning have several young athletes returning - including proven goal scorers - but part ways with a core of senior skaters.

"They are a great group of kids," Lightning coach Craig Larson said. "They have been real hard workers for me over the past three years, and I wish them nothing but the best."

East Grand Forks 0 4 4 - 8

Northern Lakes 0 0 1 - 1

Second period: EGF-Braden Shea (Tanner Tweten, Grant Loven) 4:03; EGF-Tommy Pace (Bauer Brown, Hunter Olson) 10:13; EGF-Brown 10:20; EGF-Brown (Olson, Davis Beauchamp) 15:44

Third period: EGF-Loven (Tweten) ppg 4:38; EGF-Loven (Tweten, Ethan Kringlen) ppg 7:54; EGF-Brown (Olson, Tweten) 9:23; NL-Nick Reed (Brett Midthun) 15:41; EGF-Olson (Brown, Casey Kallock) 15:55

Shots on goal: NL 5, EGF 52

Goalies: NL-Jaeger Reed (44 saves); EGF-Jarod Reak (4 saves)

Overall: Northern Lakes finishes 10-15-2.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.