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Ian Johnson poked the puck away from Crookston's Justin Cameron during Tuesday night's game.

Pirates finish strong in win over Panthers

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Despite firing twice as many shots on goal over the first two periods, it took a three-goal third period to help Crookston seal a 7-2 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

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The Pirates used a 20-8 advantage in shots to claim a 2-1 lead after the first period before a 14-9 edge in shots led to a 4-2 lead after the second period. Crookston outshot the Panthers 14-5 in the third period to seal the victory in this battle of Section 8A teams.

Goals by Austin Proulx and Seth Heppner gave Crookston a 2-0 lead before Kyle Kanten scored off a rebound on a Sam Coborn shot at the 15:29 mark. Ian Johnson also had an assist on that goal.

Ryan Edevold scored midway through the second period to give the Pirates a 3-1 advantage before Coborn scored at the 10:26 mark. Johnson and Lucas Maves assisted on that goal.

Edevold answered 30 seconds later to give the Pirates a 4-2 cushion entering the final period before two goals by Brandon Larson and a goal by Kolton Walker in the third period sealed the win.

Kollin Erdman stopped 20 shots as Crookston improved to 2-0 against section opponents and 3-4-1 overall. Cody Brumbaugh finished with 41 saves as the Panthers, who went 0-for-5 on the power play, fell to 0-3 in section games and 2-4 overall.

Crookston 2 2 3.....7

Park Rapids 1 1 0.....2

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Crookston, Proulx (Bittner), 13:11. 2, Crookston, S. Heppner (B. Heppner), 14:23. 1, Park Rapids, Kanten (Coborn, Johnson), 15:29. Penalties: Crookston 1, Park Rapids 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, Crookston, Edevold (Morgan, Bittner), 8:32. 2, Park Rapids, Coborn (Johnson, Maves), 10:26. 4, Crookston, Edevold (Bittner), 10:56. Penalties: Crookston 3, Park Rapids 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 5, Crookston, Larson (Klatt), 2:49. 6, Crookston, Larson (Erickson, Bittner), 4:26. 7, Crookston, Walker (Edevold, Bittner), 13:57. Penalties: Crookston 3, Park Rapids 2.

GOALIE SAVES: Crookston (Erdman) 7-8-5-20. Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 18-12-11-41.

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