The following was submitted to White Lake Patch by Pat Kalinowski.
Lakeland sophomore Justin Pahl was called up to Varsity and playing in his third game for the Eagles Wednesday night. Pahl’s first career varsity goal came at the 10:58 mark of the third period and put Lakeland up 2-1.
After a scoreless first period it was Northern’s Chad Bailey (Rob Luzynski, Kyle Adkins) putting the Knights up 1-0 at the 12:51 mark of the second. The Eagles fought back and Kevin Lechner tied it up with 48 seconds left in the second period after Kyle Jakubowski drove hard to net creating a rebound for Lechner.
It was a tight third period until Lakeland’s Jakubowski wheeled around in the slot and fired a shot on Knight’s goalie Grant Luzynski. Pahl was standing at the side of the net and buried the rebound for what proved to be the game winner.
The Eagles got an insurance power play goal from Lechner (Tyler Mesclier), his second tally on the night with just under 9 minutes to play in the game.
The Knights had a two man advantage late in the period, but had trouble finding the net. When Northern did find the net it was occupied by senior goalie Mitch Leist. Leist was solid between the pipes for Lakeland and made some big saves during the final charge by Northern.
Northern out shot Lakeland 29 – 24.
Grant Luzynski made 26 saves in goal for the Knights.
Mitch Leist made 23 saves in goal for the Eagles.
Lakeland advances to the Regional Finals Saturday against Waterford Mott. The puck drops at 5:30 p.m. at Lakeland Ice Area. Admission is $5 and no passes are accepted.