Panthers push win streak to 7 in row
Solid defense and an improved offense have the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team riding a seven-game winning streak.
The Panthers extended their winning streak by defeating a pair of North Dakota teams at the Crookston Invitational. Park Rapids opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Jamestown on Dec. 27 and followed with a 6-0 win over Mandan on Dec. 28.
Those two wins followed a 6-0 victory at Lake of the Woods on Dec. 21. The Panthers have outscored their opponents 36-3 with four shutouts in the last seven games.
"Great team play has been a key to our success. We've had strong goaltending and have had great defensive play and have started scoring," said Park Rapids head coach Gary Vaudrin, whose team improved to 9-7. "We have a very tough January schedule with playing teams such as Crookston, East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls. We've had competitive games with Crookston and East Grand Forks and hope we can turn these games into wins."
Panthers defeat Jamestown
Julia Renner scored a pair of goals as the Panthers shut out Jamestown in the tournament opener.
Mady Vaudrin assisted on Renner's first goal while goalie Shania Johnson set up a goal by Alex Pederson as the Panthers led 2-0 after the first period.
Danika Aletto assisted on Renner's second goal to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead entering the final period.
Johnson finished with 23 saves as Jamestown held a 24-17 advantage in shots on goal.
Park Rapids 2 1 0.......3
Jamestown 0 0 1........1
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Renner (Vaudrin), 3:16. 2, Park Rapids, Pederson (Johnson), 15:48. Penalties: None.
SECOND PERIOD: 3, Park Rapids, Renner (Aletto), 14:12. Penalties: Park Rapids 3, Jamestown 0.
THIRD PERIOD: 1, Jamestown. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Jamestown 0.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 14-9-0-23. Jamestown (Fink) 6-5-3-14.
Panthers shut out Mandan
Bailey Moore recorded 15 saves as the Panthers posted their fifth shutout of the season by blanking Mandan.
Lauren Naeve and Hannah Williams scored in the first period to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Aletto assisted on Naeve's goal as the Panthers held a 14-3 edge in shots.
Vaudrin opened the second period with a shorthanded goal and a power-play goal to give the Panthers a 4-0 advantage. Williams and Naeve assisted on the first goal while Williams set up Vaudrin's power-play goal. Aletto set up Williams as the Panthers carried a 5-0 lead into the final period.
Bailee Jerger and Naeve assisted on a goal by Kendra Dresow to conclude the scoring as the Panthers held a 13-5 edge in shots in the third period to finish with a 41-15 advantage for the game.
Park Rapids 2 3 1...6
Mandan 0 0 0...0
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Naeve (Aletto). 2, Park Rapids, Williams. Penalties: None.
SECOND PERIOD: 3, Park Rapids, Vaudrin (Williams, Naeve). 4, Park Rapids, Vaudrin (Williams). 5, Park Rapids, Williams (Aletto). Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Mandan 1.
THIRD PERIOD: 6, Park Rapids, Dresow (Jerger, Naeve). Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Mandan 0.
GOALIE SAVIES: Park Rapids (Moore) 3-7-5-15. Mandan 12-11-12-35.
Panthers shut out LOW
Six different players scored goals as the Panthers used a 60-15 advantage in shots to shut out Lake of the Woods.
Ashley Thelen assisted on a goal by Alex Pederson as the Panthers led 1-0 after holding a 20-4 edge in shots in the first period.
Goals in the second period by Jessie O'Hern and Mady Vaudrin pushed the lead to 3-0. Christina Smith assisted on O'Hern's goal while Pederson and Hannah Williams had assists on Vaudrin's power-play goal. The Panthers held a 21-7 advantage in shots in that period.
Julia Renner, Tayah Otterness and Thelen concluded the scoring with goals in the third period, which saw the Panthers hold a 19-4 advantage in shots. Hannah Gorder assisted on Otterness' goal while Renner assisted on Thelen's goal.
Johnson stopped all 15 shots she faced for the shutout.
Park Rapids 1 2 3...6
Lake of the Woods 0 0 0...0
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Pederson (Thelen), 7:59. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, LOW 1.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, O'Hern (Smith), 12:51. 3, Park Rapids, Vaudrin (Pederson, Williams), 13:56. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, LOW 3.
THIRD PERIOD: 4, Park Rapids, Renner, 4:42. 5, Park Rapids, Otterness (H. Gorder), 5:10. 6, Park Rapids, Thelen (Renner), 10:05. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, LOW 2.
GOALIE SAVIES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 4-7-4-15. LOW (Ney) 19-19-16-54.