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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Firebirds outplayed by Red River in 6-1 loss

  • If you had watched only the first ten minutes of Tuesday night’s EDC match up between Red River and Devils Lake, you may have left thinking that the Firebirds had a chance to win.
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  • If you had watched only the first ten minutes of Tuesday night’s EDC match up between Red River and Devils Lake, you may have left thinking that the Firebirds had a chance to win.
    Unfortunately for the home fans, the other 41 minutes told most of the story as Devils Lake was hustled off their own ice Tuesday night, falling to rival Red River, 6-1.
    The loss makes it four straight district defeats for Devils Lake, and though the Roughriders present a difficult test to all teams they encounter, the DL coaches insist that the game was winnable for them coming in, despite what the otherwise lopsided scoreline might indicate.
    When asked what separated Devils Lake and Red River following Tuesday night games, the Firebirds coaching staff had one solitary answer: passion.
    “It comes down to lack of passion,” assistant coach Todd Thompson said. “We can’t instill passion for the game in these players. That’s something that they’ll have to find for themselves.”
    The Firebirds were outworked against Red River, particularly late in the game with the team down four goals in the third period. The Roughriders were beating the home team to every loose puck, they were winning all the battles in the corners and it showed.
    The 6-1 final score didn’t flatter Red River in the least bit as they were the better team Tuesday night. Plain and simple.
    At about the ten minute mark, Red River went for the jugular right away, scoring two goals inside a 30-second interval to give the visitors an early 2-0 lead.
    Jonah Kratochvil, who was the best player for both teams in the game, buried Red River’s third goal of the night with less than five minutes to play in the first period.
    Devils Lake responded in the first minute of the second period via a deflected goal from Chris Dahlen, assisted by Mattheew Boren and Cole Thompson, but the Firebirds momentum was short lived.
    Red River came back with an immediate response of their own with Kratochvil’s second of the game less than a minute after Devils Lake had scored their first.
    From that point on, Devils Lake seemed a defeated team. Jordan Lunski went on to score Red River’s fifth of the night, assisted by Kratochvil, just before the end of the second period. putting Devils Lake in a similar position as the one they encountered against Davies.
    But this time, the Firebirds were unable to mount a comeback charge as they eventually lost by a final score of 6-1.
    At 0-4, this wasn’t exactly how Devils Lake was hoping to kick off its 2013-14 district campaign, but with two winnable games still on the agenda for the Firebirds this week, a 5-5 record heading into the holiday break is not out of the question for this group, a group that still has high hopes for what this season can bring.
    Page 2 of 2 - Devils Lake takes on Fargo North this Friday night in Burdick Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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