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Minnehaha United scores four goals in third period to seal win

Park Rapids' Kinley Nordin (left) and Minnehaha United's Cara Sajevic (16) battled to control the puck during Saturday afternoon's game. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Minnehaha United scored four goals in the third period to seal a 6-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

Lucy Lyngen scored 4:50 into the game before the Panthers' Tara Johanning tied the game at 1-1 at the 13:43 mark on assists from Abigale Strandlie and Lexi Hinkley-Smith. Minnehaha United held a 12-7 edge in shots in the opening period.

Minnehaha United controlled the rest of the game, following a 20-3 advantage in shots in the second period with a 25-6 advantage in shots in the third period.

Hannah Schommer scored a power-play goal at the 11:19 mark of the second period as Minnehaha United claimed a 2-1 lead.

The Class AA team comprised of schools from Minnehaha Academy, DeLaSalle, Providence Academy and St. Agnes sealed the win by scoring three goals within a span of 1:32 at the start of the third period. Lyngen scored at the 1:38 mark, Emma Bettencourt scored at the 2:28 mark and Schommer scored at the 3:10 mark as Minnehaha United built a 5-1 lead. Justine Hill's power-play goal capped the scoring at the 8:15 mark.

Minnehaha United, which defeated Northern Lakes 5-1 Friday night, finished with a 57-16 advantage in shots to improve to 15-8-1 on the season.

Goalie Kylee Pachel made 51 saves as the Panthers fell to 3-20 in their final home game of the season.

Minnehaha United 1 1 4...6

Park Rapids 1 0 0...1

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Minnehaha United, Lyngen (Selander, Larson), 4:50. 1, Park Rapids, Johanning (Strandlie, Hinkley-Smith), 13:43. Penalties: Minnehaha 1, Park Rapids 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Minnehaha United, Schommer (Lyngen, Malone), 11:19. Penalties: Minnehaha 0, Park Rapids 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, Minnehaha United, Lyngen (Sajevic), 1:38. 4, Minnehaha United, Bettencourt (Clay, Selander), 2:28. 5, Minnehaha United, Schommer (Hill, Mullinix), 3:10. 6, Minnehaha United, Hill (Clay), 8:15. Penalties: Minnehaha 0, Park Rapids 3.

GOALIE SAVES: Minnehaha United (Skweres) 6-3-6--15. Park Rapids (Pachel) 11-19-21--51.

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