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Jensen, EGF oust Panthers from playoffs

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The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team couldn't contain one of the state's top scorers in the Section 8A quarterfinals Thursday night.

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Leah Jensen, who will play hockey at the University of North Dakota next season, scored four goals in leading No. 4-seeded East Grand Forks to a 4-1 win over the No. 5-seeded Panthers in the first round of the section playoffs at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.

Jensen has 53 goals on the season, trailing only Morris/Benson's Dani Schultz, who has 73 goals.

Jensen tipped in a rebound at the 5:45 mark of the first period and scored on a two-on-one break at the 10:34 mark of the second period to give the Green Wave a 2-0 lead.

Park Rapids closed the gap when Jessica Gapinski set up Hannah Williams for a power-play goal at the 10:45 mark of the third period.

The Panthers were on another power play when Jensen scored a shorthanded goal with 2:51 to play. Jensen sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:02 remaining.

Goalie Shania Johnson made 21 saves as the Panthers end the season with a 10-15 record.

East Grand Forks, which is ranked No. 9 in the latest state Class A poll, improved to 16-9-1. The Green Wave defeated Park Rapids by scores of 6-3 and 6-2 during the regular season.

Park Rapids 0 0 1.....1

East Grand Forks 1 1 2.....4

FIRST PERIOD: 1, East Grand Forks, Jensen (Beito, Piche), 5:45.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, East Grand Forks, Jensen, Piche, Galstad), 10:34.

THIRD PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Williams (Gapinski), 10:45. 3, East Grand Forks, Jensen, 14:09. 4, East Grand Forks, Jensen, 15:58.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 6-10-5-21. East Grand Forks (Galstad) 6-4-9-19.

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