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Detroit Lakes wins conference title, sweeps W-DC

leyten Pettit finishes a big check on Detroit Lakes' Jackson Fields Thursday night in an 8-3 Laker victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at the Kent Freeman Arena. Robert Williams/Forum News Service

Detroit Lakes and Wadena-Deer Creek combined to commit 13 penalties in a testy renewal of the Mid-State Conference rivalry Thursday night. The Lakers swept the season series after an 8-3 victory at Kent Freeman Arena.

“That’s a rivalry game right there,” said Head Coach Todd Dwyer. “It’s good for us to have a game like that. Obviously, we don’t want that many penalties, but you have to stand up for each other.”

The Lakers fell behind 1-0 on a Colby Schertler power play goal five minutes into the game but quickly erased the deficit on Jackson Fields goal and Collin Ginnaty’s first of two on the night.

DL erupted for four goals in the second period with the opening two coming by way of solid puck movement.

Fields set up Trey Seebold with a perfect pass on Seebold’s backdoor cut to the far post for a tap-in 3-1 lead. Will Green’s wrister from the point caromed off the end wall straight to a waiting Brady Morris, who buried the rebound.

A Max Phillips slapper got the Wolverines back on the board trailing 4-2 five minutes into the second period.

A pair of giveaways from the visitors set up two more easy tallies for DL. Fields gave the puck up but a Wolverines’ pass ended up on Jackson Carblom’s tape and into the back of the net for a 5-2 lead.

Bryce Cooper cut the DL advantage to 5-3 on the power play and the Wolverines had a second chance with Green in the box for roughing but goalie Noah Stevens loosely played the puck into the slot to two Lakers.

Max Phillips skates past a Laker defender at center ice. Phillips scored the Wolverines' second goal of the game.

Seebold wound up a slapper that Stevens kicked out right to Ryan Paskey. Paskey had nothing but twine to stare at and turned the game around sending DL to the third period up 6-3.

Carson Reep and Ginnaty added the only goals of the third period.

Reep cleaned up a juicy rebound off a Carlblom shot. Ginnaty was left alone at the left point and drilled a slapshot past Stevens.

DL has scored 19 goals in their past two games.

“We’ll take that because it wasn’t coming at the beginning,” said Dwyer. “We just need to be more disciplined. To beat the teams we want to beat, we can’t take 10 penalties. A win is a win and it’s good to see guys play hard for each other. I think that was something we were missing.”

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The Lakers’ four-game win streak is the longest of the season and clinched the Mid-State Conference title with a record of 6-0 with two more conference games remaining.

“We’re playing better hockey,” said Dwyer. “River Lakes is going to be a big game for us. We’ve got to have more composure but the same desperation and playing or each other.”

The Stars (10-12) will be in town Saturday, Feb. 3 for a 3 p.m. game.

The Wolverines fell to 12-8-2 overall on the season and will be home on Monday, Feb. 5 for a 7 p.m. tilt with Morris-Benson Area. The Wolverines defeated Morris-Benson 8-1 earlier in the season.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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