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Pederson lifts Panthers past Blue Devils

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  Alex Pederson’s two goals and Emma Gribbin’s two assists led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 4-1 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at Wadena.

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     After a scoreless first period, Mady Vaudrin scored on an assist from Danika Aletto at the 13:17 mark and Taylor Sagen scored on an assist from Gribbin at the 15:03 mark to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead after the second period.

     Abigail Ecker’s goal 20 seconds into the third period cut the gap to 2-1 before Pederson sealed the win with goals at the 9:55 and 12:05 marks. Gribbin assisted on Pederson’s first goal while Jessie O’Hern had an assist on the game’s final goal.

     Goalie Shania Johnson had 24 saves as the Panthers finished with a 35-25 advantage in shots to improve to 7-9-1 on the season. The Blue Devils fell to 7-9.

     Park Rapids’ home game against Crookston that was postponed on Jan. 3 will be played on Jan. 14.

Park Rapids                0    2      2…4

LPGE/WDC                0    0      1…1

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: None.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, M. Vaudrin (D. Aletto), 13:17. 2, Park Rapids, Sagen (Gribbin), 15:03. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, LPGE/WDC 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 1, LPGE/WDC, Ecker (Barthel), :20. 3, Park Rapids, Pederson (Gribbin), 9:55. 4, Park Rapids, Pederson (O’Hern), 12:05. Penalties: Park Rapids 4, LPGE/WDC 2.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 8-5-11-24. LPGE/WDC (Hanson) 13-11-7-31.

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