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Gapinski's late goal gives Panthers 3-3 tie with Detroit Lakes

Jessica Gapinski's goal with a minute remaining in regulation gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team a 3-3 Mid-State Conference tie with Detroit Lakes Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

After a scoreless first period, goals by Gapinski and Allie Bade gave the Panthers a 2-2 tie after the second period. Taylor Pachel and McKenna Brand assisted on Gapinski's goal at the 9:01 mark while Gapinski and Brand had assists on Bade's goal at the 12:16 mark.

The Lakers claimed a 3-2 lead on a power-play goal before Hannah Williams assisted on Gapinski's game-tying goal at the 16:00 mark.

Bailey Moore made 38 saves for the Panthers.

Panthers edged by Prowlers

Maddy Aandal scored two goals, including the game-winner, as Thief River Falls prevailed 3-2 in a Section 8A battle last Friday night at Thief River Falls.

Gapinski's goal in the first period and Brand's goal in the second period tied the game at 2-2. Brittany Floyd assisted on Gapinski's goal while Williams assisted on Brand's game-tying goal.

Aandal's second goal of the game late in the second period proved to be the game-winner for the Prowlers.

Moore finished with 25 saves for the Panthers.

Pirates shut out Panthers

Brianna Breiland scored two goals and had two assists in leading Crookston to an 8-0 victory over the Panthers last Saturday at Thief River Falls.

Two goals by Breiland and a goal by Hayley Epema gave Crookston a 3-0 lead after the first period.

Goals by Lexy Wangen, Shannon Kaiser and Emily Meyer pushed the lead to 6-0 after the second period.

Power-play goals by Kaiser and Jessica Broekemeier concluded the scoring in the third period.

Moore finished with 30 saves as Crookston held a 38-15 edge in shots on goal. The Pirates, who are rated No. 7 in the latest state Class A poll, improved to 5-1 on the season.

"I thought we played very well (against Thief River Falls and Crookston)," said Park Rapids head coach Chris Albee. "In the past we have had trouble with those teams and we are starting to close the gap a bit. Crookston is still a very tough team and we will have to try and learn from that game and improve how we play in our defensive zone. I think that will be key for us against the really talented teams in our section."