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Wadena-DC drops Park Rapids Area, falls to Detroit Lakes

Wadena-Deer Creek's Josh Dykhoff corals the loose puck against Detroit Lakes. Robert Williams/Forum News Service

The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were hoping to pick up another Mid-State Conference victory when they traveled to Detroit Lakes to take on the Lakers at the Kent Freeman Arena on Jan. 8.

The Lakers entered the contest as the state’s 13th ranked team in Class A and were coming off of their first defeat of the season. The Lakers wasted little time in taking control of the game and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Wolverines.

The Lakers scored two power play goals and put 49 shots on net during the victory. The Lakers moved to 4-0-0 in the Mid-State Conference and hold a game edge on Prairie Centre, who sits at 3-1-0.

Justin Dykhoff fires a shot on Detroit Lakes goalie Blake Itzen.

The Wolverines were able to hold of the Laker surge on the scoreboard until the floodgates opened up in the third period with four goals. Will Stowman tallied four goals, while Jackson Carlblom found the net twice for the Lakers. Jackson Fields and Trey Seebold each tallied single goals for the Lakers.

The Wolverines’ Finn Erholtz scored five-hole on Laker goalie Blake Itzen to avoid the shutout. Blake Itzen had to battle through lapses in action in his end as the Laker offense dominated play. He made 17 saves to improve his record to 9-1-1.

Wadena-DC goalie Josh Dykhoff was busy between the pipes. He was pelted with 49 shots and made 42 saves.

The Wolverines dropped their season mark to 5-7-1 overall and are now 1-3 in the Mid-State Conference. The Wolverines return to the pond with a road trip on Jan. 12 when they take on Kittson Central at the Hallock Ice Arena.

W 0 0 1 - 1

D 1 2 4 - 7


First Period

D - Jackson Carlblom,  ES, (Will Stowman, Will Green)

Second Period

D - Will Stowman, ES, (Jackson Carlblom, Will Green)

D - Will Stowman, PP, (Jackson Fields, Maddux Kovash)

Third Period

D - Jackson Fields, ES, (Jackson Carlblom, Will Stowman)

D - Trey Seebold, ES, (Roland Cormier, Lukas Justesen)

D - Will Stowman, PP, (Jackson Fields, Drew Schwan)

W - Finn Erholtz, ES, (Daunte Leiran, John Oberg)

D - Will Stowman, ES, (Logan Burhans, Dominic Denardo)

Wadena-DC vs. Park Rapids Area

The Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team had some time to stew over their last few games. The Wolverines were 1-5-1 in their last seven games and included in that stretch was a 3-1 defeat to Park Rapids Area for the annual Highway 71 Cup.

The Wolverines took out their frustrations from that seven-game stretch with a 9-2 drubbing of Park Rapids Area at the Ted O. Johnson Arena on Jan. 4.

The Wolverines were off for an extended period of time due to weather canceling their annual home tournament. Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Scott Woods believes the break is what the team needed to get healthy and to find that energy.

The Wolverines pelted Park Rapids Area goalie Logan Arndt with 41 shots and held a thorough advantage in that department, outshooting the Panthers 41-15.

“It was nice to play with enough pace to outshoot them heavily after being outshot the last time,” Woods said.

Woods said the Wolverines came out with intensity, which was lacking the first time the two teams met.

“I think the game is always motivating for the guys,” Woods said. “You could tell how motivated Park Rapids Area was when they came to our building and we didn’t match the intensity that night. We clearly responded on Friday night.”

Max Phillips scored four goals and collected a pair of assists to lead the spirited attack. Logan Robinson, Lleyten Pettit, Tyler Reese and Kade Woods found the net as well. Colby Schertler dished out four assists, while Pettit and Wyatt Murray each had three assists.

One of the things that played a role in the raised intensity level was the success of the Wolverines on special teams. The Wolverines killed off three penalties, score two short-handed goals and three power play goals.

Kade Woods started the scoring with a power play tally in the first period just one minute and five seconds into the game. Phillips and Schertler assisted on the goal.

It started the onslaught of scoring for the Wolverines. Phillips scored his first of four goals in the first period with a power play tally with Pettit and Murray assisting.

Park Rapids Area cut into the lead with a goal by Josh Kuhlman. However, Wadena-DC answered with back-to-back goals from Phillips, who recorded the hat-trick in the first period.

Robinson, Ness, Reese and Phillips scored in the second period, extending the Wolverines’ lead to 8-1.

Pettit found the net in the third period for Wadena-DC to close out the scoring. Carter Opheim scored the game’s final goal for Park Rapids Area.

Arndt finished with 32 saves on 41 shots for Park Rapids Area. Josh Dykhoff finished with 13 saves on 15 shots for the Wolverines.

WDC 4 4 1--9

PRA 1 0 1--2


First Period

WDC-Kade Woods, PP, (Max Phillips, Colby Schertler)

WDC-Max Phillips, PP, (Lleyten Pettit, Wyatt Murray)

PRA-Josh Kuhlman, ES, (Jensen Rice)

WDC-Max Phillips, ES, (Colby Schertler, Lleyten Pettit)

WDC-Max Phillips, ES, (Wyatt Murray)

Second Period

WDC-Logan Robinson, PP, (Wyatt Murray)

WDC-Dylan Ness, SH, (Unassisted)

WDC-Tyler Reese, SH, (Unassisted)

WDC-Max Phillips, ES, (Lleyten Pettit, Colby Schertler)

Third Period

WDC-Lleyten Pettit, ES, (Max Phillips, Colby Schertler)

PRA-Carter Opheim, ES, (Nolan Pederson)

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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