Panthers win key section game
Shania Johnson’s 21 saves and Mady Vaudrin’s third-period goal lifted the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 2-0 win over Crookston in a key Section 8A battle Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
After these two rivals skated to a 1-1 tie earlier in the season, the winner of this game would earn the No. 4 seed and host the other in a Section 8A quarterfinal game when the playoffs begin Feb. 6.
Thanks in part to Johnson’s 16 saves through two scoreless periods, the Panthers prevailed to earn a home playoff game.
Abby Fischer and Kendra Dresow received assists as Vaudrin scored on a breakaway 3:35 into the third period. That would prove to be the game-winner as Dresow’s goal into an empty net with: 05 showing sealed the win.
The win lifted Park Rapids to 2-5-1 against section teams and 8-10-1 overall while the Pirates fell to 1-5-1 in the section and 5-13-1 overall.
Crookston 0 0 0…0
Park Rapids 0 0 2…2
FIRST PERIOD: No scoring.
SECOND PERIOD: No scoring.
THIRD PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Vaudrin (Fischer, Dresow), 3:35. 2, Park Rapids, Dresow, 16:55.
GOALIE SAVES: Crookston (Cormican) 5-4-6-16. Park Rapids (Johnson) 7-9-5-21.
Panthers fall to International Falls
Three different players scored as International Falls skated to a 3-1 win over the Panthers last Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Amy Auran’s goal in the first period, Amber Tilander’s goal in the second period and Lexi Erickson’s goal in the third period gave the Broncos a 3-0 lead.
Danika Aletto scored with 33 seconds to play as the Panthers avoided the shutout. Julia Renner had an assist on Aletto’s goal.
Johnson finished with 29 saves, including 18 in the first period, for the Panthers, who lost to International Falls 7-3 earlier in the season.
The win gave International Falls an 8-6-2 record.
International Falls 1 1 1…3
Park Rapids 0 0 1…1
FIRST PERIOD: 1, International Falls, Auran, 13:51. Penalties: International Falls 0, Park Rapids 3.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, International Falls, Tilander (Auran, West), 6:50. Penalties: International Falls 0, Park Rapids 1.
THIRD PERIOD: 3, International Falls, Erickson (Johnson), :17. 1, Park Rapids, D. Aletto (Renner), 16:27. Penalties: International Falls4, Park Rapids 0.
GOALIE SAVES: International Falls (Fish) 8-6-11-25. Park Rapids (Johnson) 18-6-5-29.