Lakers seeded sixth in 8A hockey, open at Crookston
The Detroit Lakes boys hockey coaching staff went to Wednesday’s Section 8A seeding meeting coming off a home victory over Park Rapids and gained a rematch with No. 3 Crookston to open the playoffs.
The Lakers defeated the Panthers 4-1 at Kent Freeman Arena Tuesday night 4-1 to improve the 12-11-1.
Will Green had a pair of goals, including the game-winner at 9:15 of the first period, and added an assist.
Jackson Carlblom gave DL a 1-0 lead unassisted less than a minute before Green’s first. Green’s second followed at 13:35 and Park Rapids Shea Alto scored less than a minute later to head to the first intermission 3-1 Lakers.
Will Stowman had the only other goal in the game at 2:57 of the third period on a Green assist.
Blake Itzen made 27 saves to claim the victory in net. Austin Jerger stopped 39 DL shots.
DL has one non-section game remaining on the schedule at Little Falls Thursday, Feb. 15.
Warroad received the top seed in the playoffs, followed by East Grand Forks at No. 2.
Crookston (14-10) and DL met twice during the regular season and split 3-1 victories on home ice.
The Pirates eliminated the Lakers in DL last year 2-1 in overtime. The Lakers ended the Pirates’ season 5-4 in double overtime in 2016.
PR 1 0 0 - 1
DL 3 0 1 - 4
D-Jackson Carlblom (even strength)
D-Will Green (even strength) (Trey Seebold, Ryan Paskey)
D-Will Green (even strength)
P-Shea Alto (even strength) (Cameron Hoyt)
D-Will Stowman (even strength) (Will Green)
Section 8A playoff seeding
- 1 Warroad
- 2 EGF
- 3 Crookston
- 4 Thief River Falls
- 5 Lake of the Woods
- 6 Detroit Lakes
- 7 Kittson Central
- 8 Park Rapids Area
- 9 Red Lakes Falls
- 10 Bagley/Fosston