Panthers win twice at Eveleth
Sam Coborn's six goals and five assists helped the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team go 2-1 at last week's Eveleth-Gilbert Tournament.
Six different players scored as the Panthers opened the tournament with a 7-4 win over Minneapolis West on Dec. 28. Coborn scored all five goals as the Panthers defeated Henry Sibley 6-2 on Dec. 29. Spring Lake Park scored five unanswered goals to spark an 8-3 win over Park Rapids on Dec. 30 in the championship game.
The Panthers carried a 7-4-1 overall record into Tuesday night's game against Pequot Lakes. Park Rapids plays a pair of Section 8A games on the road at Bagley Thursday and at Kittson Central Saturday.
Balance keys 7-4 win
Five different players scored during a five-goal first period as the Panthers opened the tournament by defeating Minneapolis West.
Kevin McMorrow opened the scoring just 22 seconds into the game before Coborn's power-play goal at the 4:59 mark gave the Panthers the lead for good. Goals by Levi Erickson, Tucker Coborn and Ian Johnson in a span of 1:53 gave the Panthers a 5-1 lead. Tucker Coborn had two assists while Dan Ricke, McMorrow and Sam Coborn tallied one assist each in the opening period.
Minneapolis West scored twice to close the margin to 5-3 before third-period goals by Tucker Coborn and Kyle Kanten sealed the win. Jared Naeve set up Tucker Coborn's power-play goal at the 6:31 mark before Sam Coborn set up Kanten's goal at the 9:21 mark.
Scott Smith made 16 saves for the Panthers, who held a 51-20 edge in shots on goal.
Coborn sparks 5-2 win
Sam Coborn scored all five of Park Rapids' goals to spark the win over Henry Sibley.
Coborn had two unassisted goals in the first period and added a power-play goal early in the second period for the hat trick. Tucker Coborn set up his brother's fourth goal at the 10:17 mark of the middle period before Sam Coborn ended the scoring with another unassisted goal with 48 seconds to play.
Mark Bravo made 24 saves for the Panthers, who had a 43-26 edge in shots.
Gerding lifts SLP to win
Luke Gerding completed his hat trick to cap a four-goal second period as Spring Lake Park captured the tourney title.
Tucker Coborn scored a power-play goal with an assist from Sam Coborn as the Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead 3:20 into the game.
Spring Lake Park then scored five unanswered goals to take control. Sam Coborn set up Tucker Coborn on another power-play goal at the 7:41 mark of the second period before the Coborns assisted on a goal by Ben Sitz at the 13:18 mark.
Two more goals, including a shorthanded tally, by Spring Lake Park in the third period sealed the win.
Mike Nelson made 43 saves to lead SLP. Bravo had 26 saves and Smith had 14 saves for the Panthers.