Boys Hockey: W-DC halt Lightning’s comeback

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Cole Woods scored the game-winning goal for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 5-4 win over Northern Lakes Thursday, Dec. 30, in the Little Falls Holiday Tournament.

W-DC went up 4-0 in the second period, but the Lightning roared back to tie it 4-4 when Cullen Kratochvil scored at the 8:06 mark of the third period.

Logan Verville, Taylor Berg and Jamison St. Clair all scored for Northern Lakes.

Goalie Ethan Kunz had 23 saves for Northern Lakes.


Wadena-DC 3 1 1 — 5

Northern Lakes 0 1 3 — 4

First period: WDC-Aron Sutherland (Connor Davis, Cole Woods) 5:20, WDC-MJ Lunde 9:30, WDC-Cole Berglund 10:22

Second period: WDC-Aron Sutherland 9:25, NL-Taylor Berg (Kolbe Serverson, Logan Verville) 13:06

Third period: NL-Logan Verville (Zach Ehnstrom, Christian Crutcher) 5:45, NL-Jamison St. Clair (Colton Craig) 6:10, NL-Cullen Kratochvil (Crutcher, Ehnstrom) 8:06, WDC-Cole Woods (Aron Sutherland) 11:48

Shots on goal: NL 6-9-7 22, WDC 11-8-9 28

Goalies: NL-Ethan Kunz (23 saves); WDC-Gunnar Olson (18 saves)


Overall: NL 4-3, WDC 7-4.

Lightning 4, Eagles 3 (OT)

Zach Ehnstrom scored the game-winning goal at the 1:39 mark in overtime as the Northern Lakes Lightning defeated the Windom Eagles 4-3 in the second round of the Little Falls Holiday Tournament Wednesday, Dec. 29

Darby Boelter recorded a goal and two assists for the Lightning.

Tyler Seeling and Colton Craig each scored a goal for Northern Lakes while Ethan Thomas, St. Clair, Isaac Peterson and Christian Krutcher each tallied an assist.

Nigel DeSanto stopped 19 of 22 shots he faced in net for the Lightning.


Windom 0 0 3 0 – 3

Northern Lakes 1 0 2 1 – 4

First period: NL-Tyler Seeling (Darby Boelter) 7:30

Third period: W-Chase Hamlett (Vance Koch, Ethan Rabbe) 1:52, W-Chase Hamlett (Ethan Rabbe, Cragen Porath) 7:54, NL-Darby Boelter (Ethan Thomas) 10:58, W-Brady Espenson (Wyatt Haugen) 13:11, NL-Colton Craig (Jamison St. Clair, Isaac Peterson) 14:25

Overtime: NL-Zach Ehnstrom (Darby Boelter, Christian Crutcher) 1:39

Shots on goal: NL 38, W 22

Goalies: NL- Nigel DeSanto (19 saves); W- Dan Stubbe (34 saves)


Flyers 12, Lightning 2

Craig and Ehnstrom scored the only goals for Northern Lakes in the second period of a 12-2 loss to Little Falls in the first round of the Little Falls Holiday Tournament Tuesday, Dec. 28.

St. Clair, Crutcher and Cole Anderson each tallied an assist for the Lightning.

Northern Lakes 0 2 0 — 2

Little Falls 4 5 3 — 12


First period: LF-Joe Welinski (Luke Avery) 1:01; LF-Matt Filippi (George Moore) 10:14; LF-Matt Filippi (Collin Kray) 12:58; LF-Luke Avery (Isaiah Jendro, Joey Welinski) 15:48

Second period: NL-Zach Ehnstrom (Jamison St. Clair, Christian Crutcher) 2:21; LF-George Moore) ppg 3:30; LF-Luke Avery (Isaiah Jendro, George Moore) 6:27, NL-Colton Craig (Cole Anderson) 7:39, LF-Carter Oothoudt (Filippi) 10:25, LF-Carter Oothoudt (Matt Filippi) 13:58, LF-Hayden Johnson (Oothoudt, Filippi) 15:20

Third period: LF-Hayden Johnson (Matt Filippi) 0:25, LF-Matt Filippi 4:03, LF-Hayden Johnson (Matt Filippi) 13:49

Shots on goal: LF 18-22-6 46, NL 1-4-5 10

Goalies: LF-DJ Kicker (8 saves); NL-Ethan Kunz (28 saves), Cyril Thull (14 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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