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Panthers struck by Lightning

Frank Moren (3) took the puck away from Northern Lakes' Alex Galligan during Tuesday night's game.1 / 2
Park Rapids' Ian Johnson and Northern Lakes' Connor Chambers faced off during Tuesday night's game.2 / 2

Joey Bergquist's 56 saves helped Northern Lakes defeat the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team and gain a share of first place in the Mid-State Conference standings.

The win lifted the Lightning to 3-1 in the conference standings to tie Detroit Lakes for the top spot. Northern Lakes edged the Panthers 3-2 earlier in the season. Park Rapids fell to 3-2 in conference games.

Park Rapids held a 23-11 advantage in shots during a scoreless first period.

Benson Ringle's slapshot at the 8:39 mark gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead before Aspen Florey's goal just before the end of the second period tied the game at 1-1.

Hunter Leslie scored the game-winner at the 8:36 mark before Ben Moe's power-play goal into an empty net with 24 seconds to play concluded the scoring.

Park Rapids goalie Cody Brumbaugh made 38 saves as the Panthers fell to 6-10. Northern Lakes improved to 9-9-1.

Northern Lakes 0 1 2.....3

Park Rapids 0 1 0.....1

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: None.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Ringle (unassisted), 8:39. 1, Northern Lakes, Florey (Couture), 16:59. Penalties: Northern Lakes 0, Park Rapids 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 2, Northern Lakes, Leslie (Couture, Narveson), 8:36. 3, Northern Lakes, Moe (unassisted), 16:36. Penalties: Northern Lakes 2, Park Rapids 2.

GOALIE SAVES: Northern Lakes (Bergquist) 23-17-16-56. Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 11-13-14-38.

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