Freshmen propel Wolverines past Lightning
Freshmen Dylan Phillips and Mike Behl carried a good share of the load Tuesday as Wadena-Deer Creek skated to a 4-2 victory over Northern Lakes.
The shorthanded Wolverines asked goalie Cory McManigle to play an offensive role, and the senior evened the score at 1-1 at the 8:40 mark of the first period. Behl was credited with the assist.
After Gaven Bickford's power play goal at 14:37 of the first period put the Lightning up 2-1, Phillips answered with a second-period power play goal at the 4:16 mark. Behl earned the assist.
Christian Berg bumped WDC's lead to 3-2 with a power play goal at 4:36 in the third period. Mike Paavola and Mitchell Swanson picked up assists on the go-ahead goal.
Phillips put his final goal into an empty net at the 16:08 mark.
Both teams are now 4-4, overall. The Wolverines are 2-1 in the Mid-State, and Northern Lakes is 0-2.
Wesley Janson kicked out 19 shots for the Wolverines.
Wadena-Deer Creek 1 1 2 - 4
Northern Lakes 2 0 0 - 2
NL: Kegan Couture (Ben Moe) 2:20
WDC: Cory McManigle (Mike Behl) 8:40
NL: Gaven Bickford (Alex Galligan, Aspen Florey) 14:37 PP
WDC: Dylan Phillips (Behl) 4:16 PP
WDC: Christian Berg (Mike Paavola, Mitchell Swanson) 4:36 PP
WDC: Dylan Phillips (unassisted) 16:08 EN
Mitch Stangel (NL) 15; Wesley Janson (WDC) 19
Park Rapids 8, WDC 3
Connor Kennedy and Noah Macpherson iced two goals apiece Dec. 14 as the Panthers skated past a shorthanded Wadena-Deer Creek squad at the Community Ice Arena.
Bridger Pettit, Mitchell Swanson and Christian Berg scored goals for the Wolverines.
Pettit, Swanson and Mike Behl picked up assists.
Wesley Janson stopped 43 shots in the loss.
Park Rapids 8, WDC 3
Park Rapids 1 4 3 - 8
WDC 0 1 2 - 3
PR: Connor Kennedy (unassisted) 1:22
PR: Noah Macpherson (Frank Moren, Chris Walters) 3:09
PR: Kennedy (Luke Jaeger) 10:12
WDC: Bridger Pettit (Mitchell Swanson) 10:21
PR: Macpherson (Moren, Walters) 16:07
PR: Drew Bade (Kennedy) 16:49
WDC: Mitchell Swanson (Pettit) :08
PR: Kade Navritil (Ryan DeLaHunt) 1:10
WDC: Christian Berg (Mike Behl) 4:06
PR: Raul Garcia (Jeff Jacobson, Navratil)
PR: Moren (Ian Johnson, Macpherson) 14:56
Cody Brumbaugh (PR) 19; Wesley Janson (WDC) 43