By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports USA
Stars, who needs ‘em? Apparently not Detroit Lakes.
Dropped from most contending lists in Section 6A prior to the season when NHL draftee Tanner Lane decided not to return for his senior season, the Lakers are proving to be a deeper team than anyone imagined – except perhaps amongst themselves.
Senior forward Nate Baker scored 4:17 into overtime to give Detroit Lakes an important 6-5 victory over Mid-State Conference rival Park Rapids Tuesday night at the Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes, the Lakers’ fifth victory in six games without their superstar.
“You hear all the criticism of how Tanner is gone and they’ll be sunk, so we’re using ‘silence the critics’ as our motto this year,” said coach Chris Denardo.
The Lakers (5-1-0) rallied from a 4-1 second period deficit to defeat the Panthers (1-2-0). The victory also avenged last February's defeat on home ice, which gave Park Rapids the Mid-State title.