DETROIT LAKES — Hunter Leslie scored the only goal in the Northern Lakes Lightning’s 5-1 loss to the Detroit Lakes Lakers in a key Mid-State Conference matchup Saturday.
The Lightning have a chance to win the conference title if they can beat Prairie Center at Long Prairie on Tuesday and Park Rapids defeats the Lakers the same night. The Lightning could also finish as low as fourth.
Leslie’s goal came on a power play in the second period with assists going to Alex Galligan and Kyle Narveson.
Northern Lakes was outshot 46-16 with goalie Joey Bergquist making 41 saves.
Detroit Lakes 3 2 0 — 5
Northern Lakes 0 1 0 — 1
First period: DL-Austin Rusness (Alex Mason, Connor Collins) :16, DL-Rusness (Collins, Mason) 6:49, DL-Rusness (Mason) 12:00.
Second period: NL-Leslie Hunter (Alex Galligan, Kyle Narveson) pp 6:54, DL-Mason (Rusness, Ethan Brekke) pp 12:22, DL-Mason (Rusness, Brekke) 16:40.
Shots on goal: NL 16, DL 46
Goalies: NL-Joey Bergquist (41 saves); DL-MacKenzie Steele (15 saves);
Overall: NL 11-11-2. Next: Northern Lakes vs. Prairie Centre at Long Prairie 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Red Lake Falls 7,
Wadena-Deer Creek 4
RED LAKE FALLS — Garrett Schmitz scored twice and Bridger Pettit and Dylan Phillips added goals as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines lost 7-4 to the Red Lake Falls Eagles Saturday in a non-conference game.
The game was knotted 3-3 after two and 4-4 midway through the final period.
Cory McManigle made 21 saves for the Wolverines, who outshot the Eagles 30-28.
The Wolverines have lost four straight and drop to 1-22 overall.
Red Lake Falls 3 0 4 — 7
Wadena-Deer Creek 2 1 1 — 4
First period: RLF-Dylan Zutz (Tristan Knott) 5:27, RLF-Garrett Schmitz (Tanner Olsen) 5:42, RLF-Schmitz 7:54, WDC-Mitchell Swanson (Mike Paavola) 13:27, WDC-Swanson sh 15:21.
Second period: WDC-Bridger Pettit (Swanson, Dylan Phillips) :23.
Third period: RLF-Schmitz (Zutz, Knott) pp :57, WDC-Phillips (Paavola) 9:01, RLF-Knott (Jacob Ness) 9:16, RLF-Zutz (Schmitz) 9:33, RLF Joe Berberena (Ryan Amoit, Olsen) 14:06
Shots on goal: WDC 30, RLF 28
Goalies: WDC-Cort McManigle (21 saves); RLF-Wyatt Casavan (26 saves)
Overall: WDC 1-22. Next: Wadena-Deer Creek at Morris/Benson 7 p.m. Tuesday.