Caitlyn Gutzman registered a hat trick and assisted on two other goals as the Northern Lakes Lightning took down Morris-Benson 12-1 Thursday, Jan 30.

Riley Fogarty and Savannah Abear each netted two goals and the Lightning put 45 shots on the Morris-Benson net.

Kate Stephens faced just 12 shots and recorded 11 saves.

Gutzman set a single-season scoring record with 44 points so far this season.

The Lightning open the postseason with a home game at Breezy Point Arena against Prairie Centre at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.



Northern Lakes 3 5 4 -- 12

Morris-Benson 1 0 0 -- 1

First period: NL-Riley Fogarty (Megan Muller) 15:41; NL-Elli Saxerud (Caitlyn Gutzman, Emily Brunkhorst) 8:59; MB-Hannah Zimmel 8:13; NL-Savannah Abear 3:18

Second period: NL-Gutzman 15:59; NL-Gutzman (Hayden Boelter) 4:57; NL-Fogarty (Muller) 4:37; NL-Gabby Armstrong 3:30; NL-Arianna Lemieur 2:30

Third period: NL-Gutzman (Boelter) shg 10:42; NL-Chloe Peterson (Muller) 4:15; NL-Abear (Armstrong) 2:20; NL-Izzy Lee (Gutzman) 1:30

Shots on goal: NL 45, MB 12

Goalies: NL- Kate Stephens (11 saves); MB-Lea Thompson (33 saves)

Overall: NL 11-14.



River Lakes 2, Lightning 1

Gabby Armstrong netted the only goal for the Northern Lakes Lightning who were defeated 2-1 by the River Lakes Stars in a Section 6-1A matchup Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Gutzman assisted on the score. The Lightning were outshot by the Stars 47-18.



River Lakes 1 0 1 -- 2

Northern Lakes 1 0 0 -- 1

First period: RL-Tyra Johnson; NL-Gabby Armstrong (Caitlyn Gutzman)

Third period: RL-Olivia Haines (Hannah Zimmer)

Shots on goal: NL 18, RL 47