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Boys Hockey: Lightning's season ends in Monticello

Lightning goalie Jake Arnold stops a Becker shot on goal Tuesday, Feb. 20. Dan Determan / Echo Journal1 / 2
Northern Lakes' Garrett Westlund slips past a defender in the Lightning's victory over Becker on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Dan Determan / Echo Journal2 / 2

The eighth-seeded Northern Lakes Lightning hung in with the top-seeded Monticello Moose for two periods before being eliminated 8-3 in the Section 5-1A quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 22.

Goals by Lucas Cartie and Kasey Couture tied the score 2-2 in the first period,but Monticello's Troy Dahlheimer scored a short-handed goal to put the Moose up 3-2 by the first intermission.

Garrett Westlund answered with a power-play goal in the second period to keep Northern Lakes close at 5-3. Westlund led the team with 18 goals this season.

Monticello buried three unanswered goals, while outshooting the Lightning 16-4 in the third, to seal the win with a 55-22 total shots-on-goal advantage.

Goalie Jake Arnold recorded 47 saves for Northern Lakes.

Monticello 3 2 3—8

Northern Lakes 2 1 0—3

First period: NL-Lucas Cartie (Garrett Westlund) 3:07; M-Chase Bocken (Jake Friede) 6:09; M-Troy Dahlheimer (Tyler Anderson) 6:48; NL-Kasey Couture 9:19; M-Dahlheimer shg 12:55

Second period: M-Jeff Henrikson (Matt Miller) 5:23; NL-Westlund (Zach Trenkenschu, Dylan Mesenbrink) ppg 12:33; M-Jack Saunders (Dahlheimer) ppg 14:35

Third period: M-Devon Lyons (Saunders) 6:41; M-Nick Foldesi (Dahlheimer, Saunders) ppg 14:51; M-Chasse Bocken (Kayle Bocken) 15:41

Shots on goal: NL 22, M 55

Goalies: NL-Jake Arnold (47 saves); M-Tyler Klatt (19 saves)

Overall: NL finishes 6-20.

Lightning 3, Becker 1

Garrett Westlund tallied two goals for the No. 8 seed Northern Lakes Lightning in a 3-1 victory over the No. 9 Becker-Big Lake Eagles in a Section 5-1A play-in game Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Zach Spalj netted his first goal of the season in the first period.

Northern Lakes 2 1 0—3

Becker/BL 0 0 1—1

First period: NL-Garrett Westlund (Brandon Knox) 5:55, NL-Zach Spalj 4:18

Second period: NL-Garrett Westlund 7:00

Third period: BBL-Max Nelson (Weston Schug)

Shots on goal: NL 35, BBL 31

Goalies: NL-Jake Arnold (30 saves); BBL-Zach Piehl (32 saves)