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Levi Erickson (6) checked Northern Lakes' Blake Demars into the boards during Tuesday night's game.

Panthers settle for a tie

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Failing to take advantage of scoring opportunities resulted in the first tie of the season for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night.


The Panthers held a 51-21 advantage in shots on goal, but went 0-for-6 on the power play in settling for a 2-2 Mid-State Conference tie with Northern Lakes at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

Andy Sorben gave Northern Lakes a 1-0 lead after the first period before goals by Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson gave the Panthers a 2-1 advantage in the second period. Erickson set up Coborn at the 9:25 mark and followed with the go-ahead goal at the 11:05 mark.

Northern Lakes tied the game on Kyler Decent's goal at the 12:14 mark of the second period.

The Panthers dominated the third period, holding a 19-2 edge in shots. However, Northern Lakes goalie Joey Bergquist stopped all 19 shots to preserve the tie.

In overtime, the Panthers had a two-man advantage for 46 seconds but couldn't capitalize.

Park Rapids goalie Scott Smith finished with 19 saves. The Panthers and Northern Lakes are both 1-1-1 in conference play and 4-5-1 overall.

Northern Lakes 1 1 0 0.....2

Park Rapids 0 2 0 0.....2

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Northern Lakes, Sorben (Florey, Couture), 2:38. Penalties: Northern Lakes 2, Park Rapids 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Coborn (Erickson), 9:25. 2, Park Rapids, Erickson (unassisted), 11:05. 2, Northern Lakes, Decent (Heinlen, Chambers), 12:14. Penalties: Northern Lakes 1, Park Rapids 3.

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: Northern Lakes 3, Park Rapids 3.

OVERTIME: No scoring. Penalties: Northern Lakes 2, Park Rapids 0.

GOALIE SAVES: Northern Lakes (Bergquist) 12-12-19-6-49. Park Rapids (Smith) 5-9-2-3-19.