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Panthers miss opportunity to move up in 8A standings with 4-1 loss to Crookston

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The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team missed an opportunity to move up in the Section 8A standings with a 4-1 loss at Crookston Thursday night.

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The Panthers followed with a 2-2 tie against Lake of the Woods Friday night at Walker for a 4-5-1 record against section opponents and a 9-6-3 overall record.

Klatt leads Pirates past Panthers

Crookston used two goals by Dylan Klatt and a 46-15 advantage in shots to defeat the Panthers for the second time this season.

Ryan Bittner's power-play goal at the 15:04 mark gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead after the first period. Crookston outshot the Panthers 15-2 in the opening period.

The Panthers tied the game when Frank Moren assisted on a goal by Noah MacPherson 34 seconds into the second period.

Klatt scored less than a minute after Park Rapids tied the game and followed with another goal two minutes later to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead. Crookston had a 20-9 edge in shots in that period.

Brady Heppner's goal at the 9:37 mark of the third period sealed the win as the Pirates finished with a 15-5 edge in shots.

Goalie Cody Brumbaugh finished with 46 saves for the Panthers.

The win lifted Crookston to 5-5 against section opponents and 9-10 overall. The Pirates defeated Park Rapids 6-3 earlier in the season.

Park Rapids 0 1 0...1

Crookston 1 2 1...4

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Crookston, Bittner (Klatt), 15:04.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, MacPherson (Moren), :34. 2, Crookston, Klatt (Larson), 1:20. 3, Crookston, Klatt, 3:23.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, Crookston, Heppner (Edevold, Morgan), 9:37.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 14-18-14-46. Crookston (Stainbrook) 2-8-5-15.

Panthers, LOW settle for 2-2 tie

Despite holding a 36-26 edge in shots for the game, including an 8-4 advantage in overtime, the Panthers had to settle for a tie with LOW.

After a scoreless first period, Kiefer Miller gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead before Carter Chorney scored to tie the game.

Miller set up Moren for the go-ahead goal in the third period before LOW forced overtime on Victor Dahl's goal.

Brumbaugh finished with 24 saves for the Panthers, who edged LOW 2-1 earlier this season. LOW fell to 5-4-1 in section play and 6-10-2 overall.

Lake of the Woods 0 1 1...2

Park Rapids 0 1 1...2

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Miller. 1, LOW, Chorney.

THIRD PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Moren (Miller). 2, LOW, Dahl.

OVERTIME: No scoring.

GOALIE SAVES: LOW (Olson) 9-8-9-8-34. Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 6-7-7-4-24.

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