Northern Lakes’ Hunter Nybakken netted two goals in the final 3:06 as the Lightning rallied to defeat the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 4-3 in a Mid-State Conference game Friday, Jan. 24.

Nybakken contributed both goals in the final 3:06 of the third period, including the game winner with 19 seconds remaining. Also scoring for Northern Lakes were Shane Donovan and Carter Holtzleicer.

Northern Lakes led 1-0 after two periods before W-DC rallied for a 3-2 lead in the final period. Nybakken then tied it with 3:06 remaining and

Lleyten Pettit tallied twice for W-DC, which had tied the Lightning 3-3 Dec. 10.

Northern Lakes, 4-1-1 in the conference and 11-7-1 overall, was scheduled to play Becker/Big Lakes Tuesday, Jan. 28, before hosting Pine City Thursday, Jan. 30, at Breezy Point Arena.



Wadena-Deer Creek 0 0 3 -- 3

Northern Lakes 0 1 3 -- 4



Second period: NL-Shane Donovan 6:41

Third period: WDC-Lleyten Pettit (Cole Woods) 13:03; NL-Carter Holtzleicer (Jakob Ince) 12:44; WDC-Connor Davis (Dalton Moyer, Woods) 9:54; WDC-Pettit (Daunte Lieran) 8:13 NL-Hunter Nybakken (Jamison St. Clair, Caiden Kjelstrom) 3:06, NL-Nybakken (Kjelstrom) 0:19

Shots on goal: NL 49, WDC 35

Goalies: NL-Jeremiah Smythe (32 saves); WDC-Josh Dykhoff (45 saves)



Lightning 9, Crookston 4

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Donovan and Caiden Kjelstrom each finished with six points for Northern Lakes who downed the Crookston Pirates in non-conference play.

Donovan contributed three goals and three assists while Kjelstrom finished with a goal and five assists to help the Lightning to their fourth straight win. Hunter Nybakken added a pair of goals and two assists for the Lightning. Tyler Seeling, Quady Bernu and Kyler Couture also scored goals for Northern Lakes.



Crookston 1 1 2 -- 4

Northern Lakes 1 5 3 -- 9



First period: C-Jack Doda 14:24; NL-Tyler Seeling (Quady Bernu, Jameson St. Clair) 9:47

Second period: NL-Shane Donovan (Erik Larsen, Caiden Kjelstrom) 12:43; NL-Hunter Nybakken (Donovan, Kjelstrom) 10:29; NL-Bernu 9:53; C-Gavin Anderson (Quinn Westlake, Joe Doda) 3:09; NL-Donovan (Owen Miller, Kjelstrom) 2:53; NL-Kjelstrom (Donovan, Nybakken) 2:44

Third period: C-Noah Kiel (Anderson, Ty Hame) 15:42; C-Anderson (Hamre) 14:21; NL-Donovan (Kjelstrom) 9:45; NL-Nybakken (Kjelstrom, Miller) 7:06; NL-Kyler Couture (Nybakken, Donovan) ppg 4:04

Shots on goal: NL 57, C 33

Goalies: NL-Adler Hoagland (29 saves); C-Jaren Bailey, Carter Nelson ( saves)



Lightning 7, Prairie Centre 3

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Donovan tallied three goals and an assist for the Northern Lakes Lightning as they took down the Prairie Centre North Stars 7-3 in a Mid-State Conference game.

Couture added two goals and an assist for the Lightning. Northern Lakes previously defeated Prairie Centre 11-2 on Nov. 26.



Prairie Centre 0 0 3 -- 3

Northern Lakes 2 1 4 -- 7



First period: NL-Shane Donovan 10:44; NL-Tyler Seeling (Kyler Couture, Connor Zender) 14:39

Second period: NL-Couture (Erik Larsen, Hunter Nybakken) ppg 9:10

Third period: NL-Donovan (Caiden Kjelstrom) 0:21; NL-Donovan (Zender) 4:44; PC-Andrew Bick (Eli Fletcher, Brady Cline) 6:64; NL-Couture (Nybakken, Donovan) 10:12; PC-Fletcher 11:42; NL-Jakob Ince 13:03

Shots on goal: NL 35, PC 30

Goalies: NL-Sam LeMieur (27 saves); PC-Isaiah DeFoe (28 saves)