Thief River Falls, International Falls defeat Panthers
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team closed out the regular season with a pair of losses on the road.
Thief River Falls edged the Panthers 3-2 Thursday night at Thief River Falls in a Section 8A battle.
The Panthers closed out the regular season with a 6-2 loss at International Falls in a make-up game Saturday afternoon.
Park Rapids will carry a 10-14 overall record into the Section 8A tournament, which begins Thursday night.
Prowlers edge Panthers
Jordan Solheim's goal 5:21 into the third period proved to be the game-winner for Thief River Falls.
Abby Fischer gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 10:44 mark of the first period.
Goals by Megan Bergland and Emily Bergland gave the Prowlers a 2-1 lead after the second period.
McKenna Brand tied the game at the 2:32 mark of the third period before Solheim scored the game-winner.
Park Rapids goalie Shania Johnson finished with 25 saves as Thief River Falls held a 28-16 edge in shots. The Prowlers improved to 6-3-1 in section games and 16-6-1 overall while the Panthers fell to 2-8 against section opponents.
Park Rapids 1 0 1.....2
Thief River Falls 0 2 1.....3
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Fischer, 10:44.
SECOND PERIOD: 1, Thief River Falls, M. Bergland (E. Bergland, Marlot), 12:32. 2, Thief River Falls, E. Bergland (Marlot), 16:24.
THIRD PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Brand, 2:32. 3, Thief River Falls, Solheim (Hunt, E. Bergland), 5:21.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 5-11-9-25. Thief River Falls (Koop) 6-4-4-14.
Broncos top Panthers
Sydney Gordon's hat trick led International Falls past the Panthers in a game that was rescheduled from Jan. 14.
The Broncos took a 2-0 lead on Mackenzie Raboin's power-play goal and a goal by Bailey Bernard in the first period.
Goals by Amanda Hofius and Gordon gave the Broncos a 4-0 lead before Heather Brostrom set up Jessica Gapinski at the 13:29 mark. Gordon's second goal of the game gave International Falls a 5-1 lead entering the final period.
Brand and Brostrom set up Gapinski for her second goal of the game 6:45 into the third period before the Broncos sealed the win when Gordon completed her hat trick at the 11:12 mark.
Johnson made 35 saves for the Panthers. The win gave International Falls a 10-12-3 overall record.
Park Rapids 0 1 1.....2
International Falls 2 3 1.....6
FIRST PERIOD: 1, International Falls, Raboin (Gordon), 7:32. 2, International Falls, Bernard (Ford), 13:12. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, IF 0.
SECOND PERIOD: 3, International Falls, Hofius (McDonald), 11:45. 4, International Falls, Gordon (Auran, Raboin), 12:55. 1, Park Rapids, Gapinski (Brostrom), 13:29. 5, International Falls, Gordon (Auran), 14:17. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, IF 0.
THIRD PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Gapinski (Brand, Brostrom), 6:45. 6, International Falls, Gordon, 1:12. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, IF 1.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 10-15-10-35. International Falls (Carlson) 2-6-6-14.