Forest Lake, Minn. – This past Friday night, the Lakers hosted the Dells Ducks, which resulted in a late third period let down and tough loss on the ice.
However, off the ice, Laker boosters were extremely successful in hosting their first Law Enforcement Appreciation night.
“We had an outstanding fan turnout and tremendous support. The boys played their hearts out and we are always proud of our team,” said Nirvana Wallace, event organizer.
“We would like to thank those who generously donated to our silent auction. We raised over $1000 for the Law Enforcement Memorial Association,” said Wallace.
Laker fans and supporters of the Forest Lake Police Department filled the stands, which made for a season high in single game attendance.
“The energy building was incredible,” said Chris Walby, Laker Head Coach and GM. “We fed off that energy. We certainly appreciate what our police officers do so much for us on a daily basis and we knew a lot of people put such effort and work into this night. We wanted to win this one bad for them,” said Walby.
Also in attendance, 10 local law officers were honored before the game. A ceremonial puck drop and a flag were given to the officers.
Representing the Forest Lake Police Department was Sergeant Jake Ayers, Sergeant Mark Richert, Detective Nancy Carlson, Officer Pat Ferguson, Officer Trevor Johnson, Officer Sean Lafferty, Officer Troy Meyer, Officer Megan Olstad, Officer Nathan Olstad, Officer Maryrose Warke.
“For all their many sacrifices, as a team and community, they have our unwavering support. A heartfelt thank you to our local the officers at Forest Lake Police Department,” said Wallace.