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Park Rapids' Dan Ricke (10) kept a Lake of the Woods player away from the puck during Friday night's game.

LOW hangs on for 2-1 victory over Panthers

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Alex Lyon's 44 saves led Lake of the Woods to a 2-1 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.


Wade Holen's power-play goal in the first period and goal in the second period gave LOW a 2-0 lead.

Dan Ricke and Jared Naeve assisted on a goal by Levi Erickson early in the third period as the Panthers closed the gap to 2-1. But Lyon stopped 19 shots the rest of the way as the Bears improved to 4-3-1 against Section 8A opponents and 10-9-1 overall.

Ryan O'Mara finished with 26 saves for the Panthers, who fell to 6-3-1 in section play and 14-6-1 overall. Park Rapids and LOW skated to a 3-3 tie earlier this season.

The Panthers will travel to Red Lake Falls Thursday night for another section game.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, LOW, Holen (unassisted), 4:57. Penalties: LOW 0, Park Rapids 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, LOW, Holen (unassisted), 2:36. Penalties: LOW 1, Park Rapids 0.

THIRD PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Erickson (Ricke, Naeve). Penalties: LOW 2, Park Rapids 2.

GOALIE SAVES: LOW (Lyon) 12-14-18-44. Park Rapids (O'Mara) 11-9-6-26.