Caiden Kjelstrom recorded a hat trick while Shane Donovan and Hunter Nybakken tallied six points each in leading Northern Lakes to a 10-3 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team at the Walker Area Community Center on Thursday, Jan. 16.
The Lightning scored eight unanswered goals to break open a 1-1 tie to sweep the season series from Park Rapids. Northern Lakes, which finished with a 53-25 advantage in shots on goal, defeated the Panthers 7-1 on Dec. 19.
After Tyler Seeling opened the scoring 4:35 into the game, Joey Hillukka assisted on a goal by Nash Mitchell as the Panthers tied the game at 1-1 at the 7:28 mark. Northern Lakes closed out the first period with goals by Erik Larsen at the 8:50 mark, Kjelstrom at the 11:33 mark and Nybakken at the 13:22 mark to claim a 4-1 lead.
Northern Lakes used a 15-7 advantage in shots to score four more times in the second period. Donovan scored a power-play goal 19 seconds into the period before Kjelstrom completed his hat trick with goals at the 3:02 and 14:29 marks. Donovan’s goal at the 15:09 mark gave the Lightning an 8-1 advantage.
Park Rapids opened the third period with a pair of goals as Brody Hagen set up Joseph Huber at the 4:24 mark and Ethan Eischens assisted on a goal by Alec Nordin at the 6:56 mark. The Lightning, which held a 21-7 advantage in shots in the third period, ended the game with power-play goals by Larsen at the 10:07 mark and Kyler Couture at hte 10:25 mark.
Goalie Ben Strandlie finished with 43 saves as the Panthers fell to 1-3 in the conference and 4-13 overall. Park Rapids went 1 for 5 on the power play.
Donovan’s two goals and four assists and Nybakken’s goal and five assists lifted the Lightning to 3-1-1 in conference play and 8-7-1 overall. Northern Lakes scored three goals on five power-play opportunities.
Detroit Lakes tops the conference standings with a 4-0 record. Prairie Centre is 3-2 and Wadena-Deer Creek is 1-4-1.