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Lexi Hinkley-Smith (17) looked to fire a shot on net during Thursday night's game against Morris/Benson.

Panthers rout Storm, edge Bears

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Panthers rout Storm, edge Bears
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     Two goals apiece by Mady Vaudrin and Jessie O’Hern and Christina Smith’s two assists led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a second shutout over Morris/Benson this season.


     Vaudrin scored both her goals during a six-goal second period that sparked the Panthers’ 8-0 win over Morris/Benson Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Park Rapids shut out the Storm 9-0 in the season opener.

     Alex Pederson scored the game-winner Saturday afternoon as the Panthers edged Eveleth-Gilbert 2-1.

     Those two wins gave the Panthers a 4-5-1 record this season.

Panthers dominate Storm

     The Panthers used a 58-11 advantage in shots to spark the win over Morris/Benson.

     Abby Fischer and Smith assisted on O’Hern’s first goal at the 2:57 mark as the Panthers led 1-0 after the first period.

     Park Rapids exploded for six goals in the second period to take control. Emma Gribbin scored at the 1:04 mark, Pederson set up Fischer at the 1:48 mark and Vaudrin scored at the 5:18 mark to push the lead to 4-0. Short-handed goals by O’Hern at the 7:54 mark and Pederson at the 9:22 mark and another goal by Vaudrin at the 11:32 mark gave the Panthers a 7-1 advantage. Danika Aletto, Smith, Vaudrin and Gribbin had assists on the final three goals.

     Taylor Sagen scored the game’s final goal on an assist from Lexi Hinkley-Smith at the 6:28 mark.

     Goalie Shania Johnson made 11 saves for the Panthers.

Morris/Benson             0    0      0…0

Park Rapids                1    6      1…8

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, O’Hern (Fischer, Smith), 2:57.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Gribbin, 1:04. 3, Park Rapids, Fischer (Pederson), 1:48. 4, Park Rapids, Vaudrin, 5:18. 5, Park Rapids, O’Hern (D. Aletto, Smith), 7:54. 6, Park Rapids, Pederson (Vaudrin), 9:22. 7, Park Rapids, Vaudrin (Gribbin), 11:32.

THIRD PERIOD: 8, Park Rapids, Sagen (Hinkley-Smith), 6:28.

GOALIE SAVES: Morris/Benson (Christians) 50. Park Rapids (Johnson) 11.

Panthers edge Golden Bears

     Goals by Brooke Jerger and Pederson and 22 saves by Johnson led the Panthers past Eveleth-Gilbert.

     Kendra Dresow set up Jerger’s goal at the 8:07 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

     After Sam Mugge tied the game with a power-play goal at the 5:15 mark of the second period, Pederson scored the game-winner at the 9:19 mark of the third period on the power play.

     The Golden Bears finished with a 23-21 edge in shots.

Park Rapids                1    0      1…2

Eveleth-Gilbert            0    1      0…1

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Br. Jerger (Dresow), 8:53. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Eveleth 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Eveleth, Mugge (Williams, Larson), 11:45. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Eveleth 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Pederson, 7:41. Penalties: Park Rapids 0, Eveleth 2.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 5-5-12-22. Eveleth (Bonicatto) 5-11-3-19.