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Wolverine icemen halt four-game skid Saturday

Despite out shooting Detroit Lakes 31-21 on Jan. 22, the Wolverine icemen couldn't tickle the back of the net as much as they needed to in a 4-2 sectional loss to the Lakers.

Tanner Lane scored two goals and assisted on another for the Lakers. He scored the game's first goal unassisted 1:44 into the first period and kept the Lakers offensive wheels churning with his power-play goal in the second period.

With 4:34 left in the first period, the Wolverines tied the game up 1-1 on Wyatt Pettit's power-play goal off a Jimmy Iken feed.

But once Lane tallied his second goal of the night, the Lakers erupted for two more scores in the second period to take the commanding 4-1 lead heading into the second intermission. Detroit Lake defenseman Max Bentley's unassisted slapshot found the top left corner and forward Travis Maristuen snapped a rebound past Wolverine netminder Allen Uselman with 36 seconds left in the second period.

In the third period, the Wolverines had four chances to get back into the game with power-plays but were only able to capitalize on one opportunity.

Wolverine sophomore Brandon Wing tacked a power-play goal with less than six minutes to play with Iken and Trevor Ness assisting to close out the scoring.

Uselman took the loss between the pipes for the Wolverines, stopping 17 shots. Detroit Lakes' senior goaltender Jake Vavricka made 29 saves.

With its losing streak at four games, the Wolverines could have been intimidated by the visiting Marshall team sporting a 13-3-2 record on Saturday.

There was one Wolverine that had more bite than the Tigers. That was goaltender Chris McCullough. The high-scoring Marshall team was kept in check by the stellar performance between the pipes of McCullough for two and a half periods.

Despite being out shot 32-15 after two periods, the Wolverines managed to take a 2-0 lead into the third period on goals from Wyatt Pettit and Matt Stone. Both goals came in the first period as Pettit erased the goose egg with 9:13 left in the stanza off a Ness feed while Stone snapped a shot over Marshall netminder Paul Ivers' right shoulder with 46 seconds remaining.

The second period was scoreless for both teams, with the Tigers holding the 17-6 advantage on shots. But McCullough's biggest test came with 4:09 left in the period when he stopped Tiger Tony Krogen cold on a penalty shot. Wolverine Dylan Carlisle was called for a delay of game penalty when he was alleged to have covered the puck during a pile up in the Wolverine crease. After minutes of discussion among themselves, the referee's awarded the Tigers a penalty shot.

Krogen took the puck, skated to McCullough's right side and attempted to shoot, only to be denied by a poke check by McCullough.

That ignited the Wolverines in the third period as Ness and Iken scored to increase the lead to 4-0.

With 3:18 left in the game, the Tigers finally found an answer to McCullough as Krogen was able to slip a rebound past him during a power-play. Marshall pulled their goalie with two minutes remaining to favor the extra-attacker, but was burned by Stone's slap shot that sent the puck into a black blur toward the empty net.

Another power-play and extra attacker gave the Tigers better odds in the waning seconds of the game and it paid dividends. Ryne Hanson closed out the scoring with 13 seconds left in the Wolverines 5-2 victory.

McCullough finished with 38 saves to pick up his second victory of the season. Stone (2 goals, assist) and Ness (goal, 2 assists) were the Wolverines leading point-getters.

The Wolverines (9-10-1) travel to take on a strong Mora team tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. The Mustangs (14-3-1) will be seeking to avenge an earlier 2-1 loss to the Wolverines in the WDC Holiday Tournament back in December. Kittson Central comes to town Saturday at 3 p.m.

WDC at Detroit Lakes on Jan. 22

Lakers 4, Wolverines 2

Wadena-Deer Creek 1 0 1-2

Detroit Lakes 1 3 0-4

First Period

DL-Tanner Lane (unassisted) 1:44

WDC-Wyatt Pettit (Jimmy Iken) PPG 12:26

Second Period

DL-Lane ((Kory Swanson, Brandon Yozamp) PPG 12:05

DL-Max Bentley (unassisted) 12:44

DL-Travis Maristuen (Alex Phelps, Lane) 16:24

Third Period

WDC-Brandon Wing (Iken, Trevor Ness) PPG 11:09

Shots on Goal: WDC 14-6-11 31; DL 6-8-7 21

Goalies-Saves: WDC-Allen Uselman 5-5-7 17; DL-Jake Vavricka 13-6-10 29

Marshall at WDC on Jan. 26

Wolverines 5, Tigers 2

Marshall 0 0 2-2

Wadena-Deer Creek 2 0 3-5

First Period

WDC-Wyatt Pettit (Ness) 7:47

WDC-Matt Stone (Wyatt Pettit) 16:14

Second Period

No Scoring

Third Period

WDC-Ness (Wing) 5:50

WDC-Iken (Ness, Stone) PPG 12:34

M-Tony Krogen (Andy Ogdahl, Grant Sattler) PPG 13:42

WDC-Stone (Zach Ziese, Joe Peters) ENG 15:21

M-Ryne Hanson (Dereck Deutz, Nathan Schaeffer) PPG 16:47

Shots on Goal: WDC 9-6-10 25; M 15-17-8 40

Goalies-Saves: WDC-Chris McCullough 15-17-6 38; M-Paul Ivers 7-6-7 20