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Ryan DeLaHunt carried the puck toward the center line during Park Rapids' 7-1 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night.

Panthers skate past Wolverines

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Panthers skate past Wolverines
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Noah MacPherson's hat trick and three assists sparked the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 7-1 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

MacPherson and Frank Moren assisted on a goal by Ian Johnson just 34 seconds into the game before Johnson and Ryan DeLaHunt set up MacPherson at the 11:57 mark as the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Each team had 10 shots on goal in the opening period.

MacPherson's power-play goal at the 11:39 mark extended the Panthers' lead to 3-0. After Christian Berg's power-play goal at the 14:23 mark cut the gap to 3-1, Moren scored twice within a span of 1:32 to give the Panthers a 5-1 advantage. Johnson and MacPherson assisted on both goals as Moren scored at the 15:20 and 16:52 marks. Moren has scored at least one goal in seven straight games. Again, each team had 10 shots on goal in that period.

The Panthers, who were outshot 10-8, sealed the win on goals by Drew Bade and MacPherson in the third period. Connor Kennedy and Chase Brand assisted on Bade's goal at the 4:21 mark while MacPherson completed his hat trick at the 10:40 mark.

Park Rapids goalie Cody Brumbaugh made 29 saves as the Panthers improved to 3-1 in conference games and 5-5-2 overall. W-DC fell to 2-3 against conference opponents and 6-7 overall.

W-DC 0 1 0...1

Park Rapids 2 3 2...7

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Johnson (MacPherson, Moren), :34. 2, Park Rapids, MacPherson (Johnson, DeLaHunt), 11:57. Penalties: None.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, Park Rapids, MacPherson (Miller), 11:39. 1, W-DC, Berg (Swanson), 14:23. 4, Park Rapids, Moren (Johnson, MacPherson), 15:20. 5, Park Rapids, Moren (Johnson, MacPherson), 16:52. Penalties: W-DC 1, Park Rapids 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, Park Rapids, Bade (Kennedy, Brand), 4:21. 7, Park Rapids, MacPherson, 10:40. Penalties: W-DC 0, Park Rapids 1.

GOALIE SAVES: W-DC (Janson) 8-7-6-21. Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 10-9-10-29.