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Coborn's hat trick not enough in loss to Prairie Centre

Sam Coborn's fifth hat trick of the season wasn't enough to lead the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team past Prairie Centre Thursday night.

Cody Bartkowicz and Nate Mettenburg scored two goals each in leading Prairie Centre to a 5-3 Mid-State Conference win at Long Prairie.

Coborn scored at the 13:37 and 15:14 marks to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead after the first period. Noah MacPherson, Bailey Mueller and Levi Erickson had assists.

Ryan Connor's power-play goal and goals by Bartkowicz and Mettenburg gave Prairie Centre a 3-2 lead before Coborn completed his hat trick with a power-play goal at the 14:57 mark to tie the game. Ian Johnson set up Coborn's third goal of the game. The Panthers held a 17-10 edge in shots in that period.

Bartkowicz scored the game-winning goal at the 9:38 mark and Mettenburg added an insurance goal at the 13:22 mark to give Prairie Centre the win.

Scott Smith made 22 saves for the Panthers, who finished with a 41-27 edge in shots. The loss dropped Park Rapids to 3-2-1 in conference play and 8-8-1 overall. Prairie Centre improved to 2-1 in the conference and 7-10 overall.

Park Rapids 2 1 0.....3

Prairie Centre 0 3 2.....5

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Coborn (MacPherson, Mueller), 13:37. 2, Park Rapids, Coborn (Erickson), 15:14. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Prairie Centre 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Prairie Centre, Connor (Schultz, Ecker), 1:21. 2, Prairie Centre, Bartkowicz (Mettenburg), 3:23. 3, Prairie Centre, Mettenburg (Bartkowicz), 10:58. 3, Park Rapids, Coborn (Johnson), 14:57 Penalties: Park Rapids 0, Prairie Centre 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, Prairie Centre, Bartkowicz (Berscheit), 9:38. 5, Prairie Centre, Mettenburg (Pung, Bartkowicz), 13:22. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, Prairie Centre 3.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Smith) 7-7-8-22. Prairie Centre (Deters) 7-16-15-38.