Power plays accounted for three of five goals and were critical to a three-goal unanswered scoring burst by Northern Lakes in a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Detroit Lakes in girls hockey at Kent Freeman Arena Tuesday, Feb. 23.
The Lakers controlled the pace of play and puck possession for the first half of the game and were rewarded for their efforts with a pair of goals by defenseman Haley Stattelman.
Emma Coley and Hadlee Justesen helped set up the only tally of the first period. Stattelman scored at even strength to go to intermission up 1-0.
The second period was a testy affair with each team committing four penalties in 17 minutes.
The Lakers capitalized with the Lightning’s Megan Muller in the box for hooking with 4:23 left in the second period. Stattelman’s shot from the right point found the back of the net through a screen in front that gave Northern Lakes goalie Katherine Stephens no chance to see the puck.
The Lightning responded with a power play goal of their own from Maya Christensen two minutes later to head to the third period trailing by a goal.
Northern Lakes slowly tilted the ice in their favor by playing fundamental hockey in getting the puck to the front of the net.
The Lightning also started the third period on a power play and cashed in when captain Riley Fogarty tied the game a minute-14 into the period.
Kiana Landt scored the game winner with 6:40 to play in a scrum in front of Laker goalie Leah Honer.
Northern Lakes defensive play was key to finishing off DL as the Lakers struggled to get into the offensive zone during the final three minutes of play and the Lightning got the puck to center ice and continually pressured on the forecheck.
Adisyn Strand had the Lakers best opportunity late getting past a pair of Lightning defenders on a left wing breakaway but her shot was turned aside by Stephens.
Emma Coley nearly picked the puck from Muller on a Northern Lakes breakout and would have had an open run from the slot to the net, but Muller managed to keep possession of the puck while on her knees and was able to clear the zone.
Coley leads DL with 12 points (5G, 7A); Stattelman has 10 points (5G, 5A).
Northern Lakes improved to 4-7 overall. Detroit Lakes dropped to 5-6. The Lakers host Morris-Benson (1-5) Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.
Northern Lakes 3, Detroit Lakes 2
NL 0 1 2 - 3
DL 1 1 0 - 2
4:42 DL - Haley Stattelman (Emma Coley, Hadlee Justesen)
4:23 DL - Haley Stattelman (PP) (Emma Coley)
6:43 NL - Maya Christensen (PP)
15:46 NL - Riley Fogarty (PP)
6:40 NL - Kiana Landt
Saves: NL - Katherine Stephens 31; DL - Leah Honer 29