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Panthers get shut out by LOW's Lyon

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Panthers get shut out by LOW's Lyon
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One of the best goalies in the state shut out the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team for the first time this season in the regular-season finale Friday night.


Alex Lyon made 21 saves in leading Lake of the Woods to a 4-0 Section 8A victory. It was the sixth shutout of the season for Lyon, who has a 1.48 goals against average and leads the state with a .948 save percentage.

Lyon received all the offensive support he needed when the Bears scored twice in the first period. A power-play goal by Bryson Jasper proved to be the game-winner while Kyle Poolman's goal gave LOW a 2-0 lead.

LOW held an 18-7 advantage in shots during a scoreless second period before goals by Jasper and Wade Holen concluded the scoring in the third period, which saw the Bears hold a 17-5 edge in shots on goal.

LOW, which defeated the Panthers 5-1 early in the season and finished with a 45-21 advantage in shots Friday night, improved to 8-3-1 against section teams and 16-6-3 overall.

Scott Smith finished with 41 saves for the Panthers, who fell to 5-8 in section games and 12-12-1 overall.

The Panthers received the No. 7 seed for the section playoffs and will play a quarterfinal game at No. 2 Thief River Falls Friday night at 6.

Park Rapids 0 0 0.....0

Lake of Woods 2 0 2.....4

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Lake of the Woods, Jasper (Mollberg), 9:49. 2, Lake of the Woods, Poolman (Torgeson, Sugden), 11:35.

Penalties: Park Rapids 0, LOW 5.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, Lake of the Woods, Jasper (Dahl, Poolman), 11:39. 4, Lake of the Woods, Holen (Jasper, Bitter), 14:42.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Smith) 8-18-15-41. LOW (Lyon) 9-7-5-21.