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Coborn returns, aids Panthers' 6-2 victory

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After sitting out the last six games with a concussion, Sam Coborn returned to the ice to lead the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-2 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Tuesday night at Long Prairie.

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Coborn had a goal and an assist while Noah MacPherson scored twice as the Panthers improved to 5-2 in conference games. Prairie Centre fell to 2-3-1 in the conference.

Despite being outshot 16-11 in the first period, the Panthers held a 1-0 lead behind MacPherson's goal at the 1:03 mark. Frank Moren assisted on that goal.

A four-goal second period put the Panthers in control. Ian Johnson scored 20 seconds into the period and Luke Jaeger set up Drew Bade at the 1:54 mark. Johnson and Coborn had assists on a goal by Benson Ringle at the 6:09 mark before Prairie Centre closed the gap to 4-2 with a power-play goal by Brady Schulzetenberg and a goal by Derek Holm. Ringle assisted on a power-play goal by Coborn at the 14:43 mark as the Panthers carried a 5-2 cushion into the final period. Park Rapids held a 16-15 edge in shots in that period.

The Panthers controlled play in the final period by holding a 20-9 advantage in shots. Moren assisted on a goal by MacPherson at the 15:05 mark to account for the only scoring in that period.

Park Rapids goalie Cody Brumbaugh made 38 saves for the win as the Panthers improved to 8-12 on the season. Prairie Centre fell to 10-9-1 overall.

Park Rapids 1 4 1.....6

Prairie Centre 0 2 0.....2

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, MacPherson (Moren), 1:03. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Prairie Centre 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Johnson (unassisted), :20. 3, Park Raids, Bade (Jaeger), 1:54. 4, Park Rapids, Ringle (Johnson, Coborn), 6:09. 1, Prairie Centre, Schulzetenberg (Holm, Mettenburg), 10:58. 2, Prairie Centre, Holm (Bartkowicz, Mettenburg), 12:34. 5, Park Rapids, Coborn (Ringle), 14:43. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, Prairie Centre 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, Park Rapids, MacPherson (Moren), 15:05. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, Prairie Centre 2.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 16-13-9-38. Prairie Centre (Brever) 10-12-19-41.

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