Photos by Dean Hall/Lakeland Times

Lakeland goalie Andrew Maulson gets ready to make a save in the semi-final game of the North Lakeland Outdoor Classic. In the finals, against Marshfield, the Hawks would win 10-4 and take the tournament title.
Photos by Dean Hall/Lakeland Times

Lakeland goalie Andrew Maulson gets ready to make a save in the semi-final game of the North Lakeland Outdoor Classic. In the finals, against Marshfield, the Hawks would win 10-4 and take the tournament title.
The Lakeland Hawks battled not only tough competition, but freezing temperatures to win the North Lakeland Outdoor classic Peewee A youth hockey tournament held over the weekend at the North Lakeland School outdoor rink.

To get to the title game, Lakeland beat Ironwood 11-0 on Friday, Jan. 25. Then they lost to Kiwana Bay 8-4 on Jan. 26, but bounced  back to beat Shawano 4-0 on Jan. 27 to reach the championship. 

In the title game the Hawks faced Marshfield, and it was Marshfield that struck first when, at 12:10 in the first period, Reed Gieseking scored unassisted.

Lakeland would answer back with 6:45 to play in the first with a goal by Cooper DePuydt, assisted by Kort Meyer, and the score was 1-1.

Marshfield would take the lead back though at 6:02 in the first when Caleb Schoessow scored off an assist from Carson Enger. 

But Lakeland’s Kort Meyer would tie the game up at two with a goal off an assist from Dom Gironella.

Marshfield, though, would end the first half with a goal by Aydin Sternitzky, assisted by Schoessow, and at the first intermission the score was 3-2 Marshfield.

But Lakeland would take over control in the second period and score seven goals.

At 10:52 in the second period Cooper DePuydt scored his second goal of the game off an assist from CJ?Smith. Thirty seconds later he would complete his hat trick with a goal assisted by Alex?Meyer and CJ Smith.

At the 10:22 mark in the first, Lakeland had the lead back 4-3.

Taylor Heleniak would add to that lead with a score off an assist from Kade Meyer to make to make it a 5-3 game.

Lakeland then would continue to pile it on.

In the next minute and a half Kort Meyer scored off a Mali DePuydt assist, Alex Meyer scored off a Mali DePuydt assist, and then Mali DePuydt scored again, off assists from Cooper DePuydt and Kade Meyer, and with 6:37 to play in the second period, Lakeland was suddenly up 8-3.

But they still weren’t done. Mali DePuydt then completed a hat trick, with an assist from Gironella, to make the score 9-3.

With two minutes to play in the second period Marshfield’s Wyatt Hanna scored unassisted, and at the second intermission the score was 9-4 Lakeland.

The Hawks would add an exclamation point at 8:29 in the third when Cooper DePuydt scored his fourth goal of the game off an assist from Alex Meyer, and Lakeland would take the game 10-4 to win the tournament title.

“Overall, the weekend couldn’t have turned out any more perfect than what took place,” Lakeland Hawks head coach Charlie DePuydt said. “The frigid temperatures really added to the experience. We played Friday night with the temperatures reaching all the way down to 19 degrees below zero. We had the opportunity to play Friday night under the lights. Throughout the weekend these pee wee players never complained, they just battled and improved their game. I want to thank all the North Lakeland families for putting this great tournament on. A lot of time and effort went into organizing the tournament. I want to thank Neil Wallace, Max Wallace, Brian Heleniak, Chris Szrafransky, and many more for the great experience.”

Jacob Friede may be reached at jacob@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.