Panthers open season with win on road, at home
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team opened the season with a shutout win, a shutout loss and a win at home.
Emma Gribbin and Alex Pederson scored two goals apiece and Shania Johnson made 14 saves as the Panthers opened the season with a 9-0 victory over Morris/Benson on Nov. 9.
The Panthers were held to 11 shots on goal in a 7-0 loss at Warroad last Tuesday night.
Mady Vaudrin and Kendra Dresow scored two goals apiece as the Panthers made their home debut with a 5-1 win over Northern Lakes Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Panthers blank Morris/Benson
Seven different players scored goals and eight different players tallied assists as the Panthers opened the season with a decisive win.
Lauren Naeve scored on an assist from Julia Renner, Lexi Hinkley-Smith scored on assists from Taylor Sagen and Kalpana Bowe, and Gribbin scored twice with assists going to Danika Aletto, Pederson and Vaudrin as the Panthers led 4-0 after the first period.
Vaudrin and Gribbin tallied assists on goals by Pederson and Bailee Jerger in the second period to extend the lead to 6-0.
Goals by Pederson, Sarena Aletto and Vaudrin concluded the scoring in the third period. Christina Smith and Danika Aletto had assists in the final period.
The Panthers finished with a 30-14 advantage in shots.
Park Rapids 4 2 3…9
Morris/Benson 0 0 0…0
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Naeve (Renner), 15:11. 2, Park Rapids, Hinkley-Smith (Sagen, Bowe), 9:43. 3, Park Rapids, Gribbin (D. Aletto), 4:52. 4, Park Rapids, Gribbin (Pederson, M. Vaudrin), :35. Penalties: Park Rapids 0, Morris/Benson 1.
SECOND PERIOD: 5, Park Rapids, Pederson (M. Vaudrin, Gribbin), 16:26. 6, Park Rapids, Ba. Jerger (M. Vaudrin, Gribbin), 4:51. Penalties: Park Rapids 0, Morris/Benson 1.
THIRD PERIOD: 7, Park Rapids, Pederson, 15:58. 8, Park Rapids, S. Aletto (Smith), 13:20. 9, Park Rapids, M. Vaudrin (D. Aletto), 10:24. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Morris/Benson 3.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 4-3-7-14. Morris/Benson (Christians) 10-6-5-21.
Warroad shuts out Panthers
Lynn Astrup’s hat trick and three assists apiece from Demi Gardner and Mariah Gardner led Warroad past the Panthers in a battle of Section 8A teams.
Goals by Demi Gardner and Mariah Gardner gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead after the first period before goals by Shalese Snowdon, Cassie Pelland and Astrup made it 5-0 after the second period. Astrup completed her hat trick with a pair of goals in the third period as the state’s No. 1-ranked Class A team completed the shutout.
Johnson made 34 saves as Warroad held a 41-11 edge in shots.
Park Rapids 0 0 0….0
Warroad 2 3 2....7
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Warroad, D. Gardner (M. Gardner), 6:50. 2, Warroad, M. Gardner, 16:07.
SECOND PERIOD: 3, Warroad, Snowdon (Jacques, Huerd), 12:34. 4, Warroad, Pelland (Baumann, Astrup), 12:59. 5, Warroad, Astrup (D. Gardner, M. Gardner), 13:23.
THIRD PERIOD: 6, Warroad, Astrup (D. Gardner), 9:41. 7, Warroad, Astrup (D. Gardner, M. Gardner), 13:03.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 34. Warroad (Knott) 11.
Panthers defeat Lightning
Scoring three goals on eight shots in the second period sparked the Panthers past Northern Lakes in this Mid-State Conference game.
Danika Aletto and Pederson set up Vaudrin on the opening face-off as the Panthers took a 1-0 lead just 10 seconds into the game.
After Courtney Kittock scored 25 seconds into the second period to tie the game, Brooke Jerger assisted on a goal by Dresow 17 seconds later to produce what would be the game-winner. Vaudrin scored on an assist from Tayah Otterness at the 11:38 mark and Brooke Jerger set up Dresow at the 6:21 mark to give Park Rapids a 4-1 lead.
Pederson and Otterness assisted on a goal by Gribbin with 2:11 to play to conclude the scoring.
Johnson finished with 25 saves as the Panthers held a 29-26 edge in shots on goal. The Lightning fell to 0-2 on the season.
Northern Lakes 0 1 0…1
Park Rapids 1 3 1…5
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, M. Vaudrin (D. Aletto, Pederson), 16:50. Penalties: Northern Lakes 2, Park Rapids 0.
SECOND PERIOD: 1, Pequot Lakes, Kittock (Reed), 16:35. 2, Park Rapids, Dresow (Br. Jerger), 15:18. 3, Park Rapids, M. Vaudrin (Otterness), 11:38. 4, Park Rapids, Dresow (Br. Jerger), 6:21. Penalties: Northern Lakes 0, Park Rapids 1.
THIRD PERIOD: 5, Park Rapids, Gribbin (Pederson, Otterness), 2:11. Penalties: Northern Lakes 1, Park Rapids 1.
GOALIE SAVES: Northern Lakes (Deutsch) 8-5-11-24. Park Rapids (Johnson) 4-13-8-25.