Boys Hockey: Lightning topple Willmar

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Lightning goalie Nigel DeSanto makes a glove save in Northern Lakes' win over Morris/Benson on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.
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WILLMAR — Tyler Seeling recorded a hat trick to lead the Northern Lakes Lightning to a 6-2 victory over the Willmar Cardinals Monday, Jan. 31.

Taylor Berg added a goal and an assist for the Lightning while Logan Verville and Christian Crutcher each scored a goal.

Isaac Peterson, Zach Ehnstrom, Jameson St. Clair and Quady Bernu each tallied an assist for Northern Lakes who outshot Willmar 60-29.

Nigel DeSanto stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced in net for the Lightning.

Willmar 2 0 0 – 2

Northern Lakes 3 2 1 – 6

First period: NL-Tyler Seeling (Isaac Peterson, Zach Ehnstrom), W-Cullen Gregory, NL-Logan Verville (Jameson St. Clair, Quady Bernu), W-Elijah Van Buren (Arron Fischer, Colin Bos), NL-Tyler Seeling (Taylor Berg)

Second period: NL-Tyler Seeling PPG, NL-Christian Crutcher

Third period: NL-Taylor Berg

Shots on goal: NL 60, W 29

Goalies: NL- Nigel DeSanto (27 saves); W-Gavin Steinwand (54 saves)

Overall: NL 12-8. Next: Northern Lakes hosts Cambridge-Isanti 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.

Lightning 9, Panthers 2


BREEZY POINT — Logan Verville scored two goals for the Northern Lakes Lightning as they defeated the Park Rapids Panthers 9-2 in a Mid-State Conference game Thursday, Jan. 27.

Peterson recorded a goal and three assists while Seeling and Cullen Kratchovil each totaled a goal and two assists.

Colton Craig, Taylor Berg, Andrew Villareal and Karter Lee each scored a goal for Northern Lakes.

DeSanto stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced in net.

Park Rapids 0 2 0 – 2

Northern Lakes 3 1 5 – 9

First period: NL-Isaac Peterson (Cullen Kratchovil, Darby Boelter) 4:49, NL-Colton Craig (Jameson St. Clair, Isaac Peterson) 13:37, NL-Logan Verville (Tyler Seeling, Isaac Peterson) 16:49

Second period: PR-Liam Torola (Joey Hillukka) 1:28, NL-Taylor Berg (Zach Ehnstrom) 10:34, PR-Jeron Pinoniemi 16:05

Third period: NL-Tyler Seeling (Taylor Berg, Isaac Peterson) 1:00, NL-Andrew Villareal (Christian Crucher, Jameson St. Clair) 1:13, NL-Cullen Kratochvil (Zach Ehnstrom) 2:06, NL-Logan Verville (Tyler Seeling) 7:44, NL-Karter Lee (Darby Boelter, Cullen Kratchovil) 8:27

Shots on goal: NL 59, PR 34

Goalies: NL- Nigel DeSanto (32 saves); PR-Sawyer Torkelson (50 saves)

Conference: NL 2-1. Overall: NL 11-7.

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