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Park Rapids defenseman Jared Naeve (right) carried a puck around a Thief River Falls player during Tuesday night's game. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)

Gothberg makes 32 saves as Prowlers top Panthers

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One of the strengths of the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team this season has been the ability to score on the power play.

The Panthers, who have scored 27 goals on 81 power-play opportunities, didn't produce with a man advantage Tuesday night.

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Thief River Falls, which is rated No. 7 in the latest state Class A poll, allowed only one power-play goal in six situations to spark a 5-1 win over the Panthers at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

The Panthers took advantage of their second power-play chance to tie the game at 1-1 in the second period when Tucker Coborn and Kevin McMorrow set up Sam Coborn at the 1:56 mark.

But the Prowlers responded as goals by Micah Ranum and Beezer Skime led to a 3-1 advantage entering the final period. The Panthers fired 15 shots on net during that period.

A power-play goal by Christopher Forney and Ranum's second goal of the game in the third period sealed the win. Park Rapids failed to convert on three power-play opportunities in the third period.

Ryan O'Mara finished with 28 saves as the Panthers fell to 4-2-1 against Section 8A teams and 10-5-1 overall.

Zane Gothberg saved 32 shots as the Prowlers improved to 2-1 in the section and 10-4 overall.

The Panthers traveled to Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night and will host Red Lake Falls today (Saturday) at 2 p.m.

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