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Panthers blank Flyers, avenge loss to Bearcats

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     The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team closed out its home schedule with a big 3-2 win over Kittson Central Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

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     That win followed a 9-0 victory over Bagley/Fosston Thursday night at Walker as the Panthers improved to 7-4-2 against Section 8A teams and 16-5-3 overall.

Panthers rout Bagley/Fosston

     A six-goal first period sparked the Panthers in a dominating performance against Bagley/Fosston.

     Park Rapids set the tone by outshooting the Flyers 31-0 in the first period and 23-1 in the second period to finish with a 68-3 advantage in shots on goal for the game.

     Noah MacPherson and Connor Kennedy had two goals and three assists each as 12 different players tallied a point.

     Luke Jaeger opened the scoring 4:08 into the game on assists from MacPherson and Kennedy. Kennedy set up MacPherson at the 6:47 mark, Bailey Mueller assisted on a goal by Matt DeLaHunt at the 8:00 mark, Kennedy scored on assists from MacPherson and Jamie Stewart at the 8:50 mark, Kiefer Miller and Drew Bade set up Chase Brand at the 9:38 mark, and Raul Garcia scored a power-play goal at the 14:12 mark on assists from Stewart and Craig Walters.

     Power-play goals by Kennedy and MacPherson pushed the lead to 8-0 after the second period. Zach Hagen and MacPherson assisted on Kennedy’s goal at the 3:45 mark while Hagen and Kennedy had assists on MacPherson’s goal at the 7:42 mark.

     Brand and Bade had assists as Mueller concluded the scoring at the 4:50 mark of the third period.

     Goalie Cody Brumbaugh faced his lowest number of shots this season in recording his fifth shutout of the year. The Panthers shut out Bagley/Fosston 14-0 earlier in the season.

     Bagley/Fosston fell to 0-8 in section games and 2-18 overall.

Bagley/Fosston           0    0      0…0

Park Rapids                6    2      1…9

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Jaeger (MacPherson, Kennedy), 4:08. 2, Park Rapids, MacPherson (Kennedy), 6:47. 3, Park Rapids, M. DeLaHunt (Mueller), 8:00. 4, Park Rapids, Kennedy (MacPherson, Stewart), 8:50. 5, Park Rapids, Brand (Miller, D. Bade), 9:38. 6, Park Rapids, Garcia (Stewart, Walters), 14:12. Penalties: Bagley 1, Park Rapids 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 7, Park Rapids, Kennedy (Hagen, MacPherson), 3:45. 8, Park Rapids, MacPherson (Hagen, Kennedy), 7:42. Penalties: Bagley 5, Park Rapids 3.

THIRD PERIOD: 9, Park Rapids, Mueller (Brand, D. Bade), 4:50. Penalties: Bagley 5, Park Rapids 1.

GOALIE SAVES: Bagley (Thoma) 25-21-13-59. Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 0-1-2-3.

Panthers avenge loss to Kittson

     MacPherson’s goal midway through the third period lifted the Panthers past Kittson Central.

     Billy Thorstenson’s goal at the 5:46 mark of the first period gave Kittson Central a 1-0 lead.

     Ryan DeLaHunt scored at the 2:20 mark of the second period to tie the game. Bade and Brand had assists on that goal. Dalton Klegstad scored at the 11:10 mark as Kittson Central carried a 2-1 lead into the third period.

     Stewart and Brand assisted on a power-play goal by Kennedy at the 5:53 mark to tie the game before Jaeger set up MacPherson for the game-winner at the 9:36 mark.

     Brumbaugh made 26 saves as the Panthers held a 35-28 advantage in shots.

     Kittson Central, which defeated the Panthers 5-3 a week ago, fell to 7-5-1 against section teams and 15-5-2 overall.

Kittson Central            1    1      0…2

Park Rapids                0    1      2…3

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Kittson Central, Thorstenson (Vagle), 5:46. Penalties: Kittson Central 1, Park Rapids 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, R. DeLaHunt (D. Bade, Brand), 2:20. 2, Kittson Central, Klegstad (Kasprowicz, Thorstenson), 11:10. Penalties: Kittson Central 2, Park Rapids 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Kennedy (Stewart, Brand), 5:53. 3, Park Rapids, MacPherson (Jaeger), 9:36. Penalties: Kittson Central 1, Park Rapids 1.

GOALIE SAVES: Kittson Central (Cosley) 10-14-9-33. Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 5-9-12-26.

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