Boys Hockey: Lightning topple Brainerd

Northern Lakes Boys Hockey

The Lightning celebrate a goal in the team's victory over Brainerd on Thursday, Dec. 9. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Tyler Seeling recorded two goals and two assists as the Northern Lakes Lightning defeated the Becker/Big Lake Eagles 8-0 Saturday, Dec. 11.

Taylor Berg tallied two goals and an assist for Northern Lakes while Colton Craig scored two goals.

Cvril Thull posted a shutout for the Lightning as he stopped all 24 shots he faced.

Logan Verville and Jameson St. Clair each scored a goal while Zach Ehnstrom added two assists.


Becker/Big Lake 0 0 0 – 0

Northern Lakes 2 3 3 – 8

First period: NL-Tyler Seeling (Taylor Berg, Zach Ehnstrom) 10:19, NL-Colton Craig 9:44

Second period: NL-Logan Verville (Seeling, Ehnstrom) 11:16, NL-Berg (Seeling) 8:27, NL-Seeling 3:23

Third period: NL-Jameson St. Clair (Craig) 10:24, NL-Craig 9:32, NL-Berg 1:15

Shots on goal: NL 33, BBL 24

Goalies: NL-Cvril Thull (24 saves)


Overall: NL 2-1.

Lightning 4, Warriors 2

Lightning goalie Ethan Kunz tallied 54 saves to lead Northern Lakes’ to a 4-2 win over Brainerd on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Essentia Health Sports Center.

It was the first meeting between the two teams in many years and each coach agreed to play for a traveling trophy starting this year called the Lakes Area Battle Paddle.

Darby Boelter tallied two goals for Northern Lakes to lead the offensive effort. Max Roby scored both goals for Brainerd which was his third and four of the season.

With a 3-1 lead headed into the third period, Boelter scored his second goal at the 5:38 mark of the period to give the Lightning a 4-1 lead.

It was the first win of the season for Northern Lakes. The Lightning are coming off a season where they made the Class 1A State Tournament for the first time as a program last year.


Northern Lakes 1 2 1 — 4

Brainerd 0 1 1 — 2

First period: NL-Darby Boelter (Karter Lee) 5:17

Second period: NL-Christian Crutcher (Quady Bernu) PPG 7:23, Brd-Max Roby (Ryan Kennedy) 10:29, NL-Zach Ehnstrom (Taylor Berg, Logan Verville) 16:12

Third period: NL-Darby Boelter (Karter Lee, Zach Ehnstrom) 5:38, Brd-Max Roby (John Finnegan, Kalvin Stengrim) PPG 12:44

Shots on goal: Brd 13-22-21 56, NL 3-6-8 17

Goalies: Brd-Jed Klang (7 saves), Liam Luther (6 saves); NL-Ethan Kunz (54 saves)

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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