Panthers struck by Lightning
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.