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Lightning girls win two more - Team remains undefeated in conference

Sydney Tietz scored a hat trick, including the game-winner, during the Northern Lakes Lightning's 4-3 overtime win over the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears Thursday, Jan. 5.

Dan Determan/Echo Journal Lightning sophomore Michala Stangle crosses the blue line against Detroit Lakes Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Dan Determan/Echo Journal Lightning sophomore Michala Stangle crosses the blue line against Detroit Lakes Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Sydney Tietz scored a hat trick, including the game-winner, during the Northern Lakes Lightning's 4-3 overtime win over the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears Thursday, Jan. 5.

Savannah Abear scored the other Lightning goal, with co-captain Sam Gutzman earning two assists.

Goalie Chaia Tulenchik stopped 18 shots.

The victory was the Lightning's 10th in the past 11 games.

"I think the big thing over these last 10 to 12 games is that, as a whole, we are buying into the team effort," coach John Stockler said. "It is not about individual accolades or stats. It is next shift or the next person up playing for the girls next to them. I think the girls - especially with us having such a young team - are starting to learn what it takes to be successful at the high school varsity level."

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Eveleth-Gilbert 1 2 0 0-3

Northern Lakes 0 2 1 1-4

First period: EG-Katie Scherf (Anneka Lundgren) 14:39

Second period: NL-Sydney Tietz (Sam Gutzman) 4:12, EG-Brenna Ceglar (Sophie Flatley, Kallie Olson) 9:33 ppg, NL-Savannah Abear (Mackenzie Rickard, Mandi Soderholm) 14:38 ppg, EG-Madison Lutzka (Olson, Ceglar) 16:29

Third period: NL-Tietz 12:06

Overtime: NL-Tietz (Gutzman) 5:15

Shots on goal: NL 46, EG 21

Goalies: NL-Chaia Tulenchik (18 saves); EG-Morgan Hirsch (42 saves)

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Conference: NL 4-0. Overall: NL 11-5.

Lightning 4, Lakers 1

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Tulenchik blocked 24 of 25 shots - finally surrendering a goal with roughly four minutes left in the game - in Northern Lakes' 4-1 Mid-State Conference win over the Detroit Lakes Lakers.

"I don't know if it from coming off the holidays and New Year's, but we didn't have our best start in the first five or six minutes," Stockler said. "After the halfway point of the first period, we started playing our game a little more and just playing better hockey. That carried us over to what I thought was one of our better periods of the year in the second - not just in goals scored but the way we were playing. We were all over them, winning the races and one-on-one battles and that led to some success for us."

Lightning goals were made by Sam Gutzman, Catie Gutzman, Kenzie Rickard and Mandi Soderholm.

The Lightning, who have won four straight and nine of their last 10, lead the conference with a 3-0 record.

Detroit Lakes 0 0 1-1

Northern Lakes 1 3 0 -4

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First period: NL-Sam Gutzman (Chelsea Skluzacek) 5:17

Second period: NL-Catie Gutzman (Hayden Boelter) 16:14, NL-Kenzie Rickard (Chloe Deutsch, Elli Saxerud) 10:15, NL-Mandi Soderholm 10:26 ppg

Third period: DL-Jamie Bollig (Payton Carlblom) 4:10

Shots on goal: NL 22, DL 25

Goalies: NL-Chaia Tulenchik (24 saves); DL-Kyndra McDougall (18 saves)

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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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