Naeve's goal, Johnson's 22 saves lift Panthers to first victory over Crookston
Lauren Naeve's goal with 37 seconds to play and Shania Johnson's 22 saves led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to its first win ever over Crookston Friday afternoon.
Alex Pederson added an empty-net goal with 10 seconds left to seal the Panthers' 2-0 victory over Crookston at Thief River Falls.
Crookston had won the previous 14 meetings dating back to 2003. In those 14 games, the Pirates posted six shutouts and outscored Park Rapids 84-13. That trend ended Friday night.
This battle of Section 8A rivals appeared headed for overtime until Naeve found Jessica Gapinski on a breakaway. Crookston goalie Rachel Biermaier stopped Gapinski's shot, but Naeve was able to tip in the rebound for the game-winning goal.
Pederson sealed the win by scoring into an empty net 27 seconds later on an assist by Naeve.
Johnson made 12 saves in the first period, four saves in the second period and six saves in the third period for her second shutout of the season.
Crookston held a 22-17 edge in shots on goal in falling to 1-3 on the season.
Park Rapids 0 0 2.....2
Crookston 0 0 0.....0
FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.
SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.
THIRD PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Naeve (Gapinski), 16:23. 2, Park Rapids, Pederson (Naeve), 16:50.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 12-4-6-22. Crookston (Biermaier) 5-5-6-16.
TRF shuts out Panthers
Goalie Kaylee Koop stopped all 12 shots she faced in leading Thief River Falls to a 6-0 win over the Panthers Saturday afternoon at Thief River Falls.
Brandi Malwitz scored in the first period, Emily Bergland scored twice in the second period, and Jordan Solheim, Kora Torkelson and Patti Marshall scored in the third period to lead the Prowlers, who finished with a 51-12 advantage in shots. Solheim scored on the power play while Marshall scored short-handed.
Johnson finished with 45 saves for the Panthers, who were outshot 17-1 in the first period and 18-2 in the second period.
Thief River Falls improved to 6-0 while the Panthers fell to 3-3.
Park Rapids 0 0 0.....0
Thief River Falls 1 2 3.....6
FIRST PERIOD: 1, TRF, Malwitz (Marshall, Marlot), 1:29. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, TRF 0.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, TRF, E. Bergland (M. Bergland, Hunt), 5:11. 3, TRF, E. Bergland (M. Bergland), 5:33. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, TRF 1.
THIRD PERIOD: 4, TRF, Solheim (Hunt, M. Bergland), 9:48. 5, TRF, Torkelson (unassisted), 10:51. 6, TRF, Marshall (unassisted), 15:57. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, TRF 2.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 16-16-13-45. TRF (Koop) 1-2-9-12.