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Panthers defeat Red Lake Falls in Section 8A battle

Sam Coborn's two goals, Tucker Coborn's goal and assist, and Kyle Kanten's two assists led the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team to a 4-2 win at Red Lake Falls in a Section 8A game Thursday night.

Kanten set up Sam Coborn at the 9:02 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. A power-play goal by David Johnston helped Red Lake Falls tie the game after the first period.

Dan Ricke's power-play goal a minute into the second period put Park Rapids back in front. Tucker Coborn and Kevin McMorrow assisted on that goal.

Sam Coborn scored the game winner with 4:24 to play. Kanten and Ian Johnson had assists on that goal. Tucker Coborn followed with an insurance goal with 1:01 left. A goal by RLF's Garrett Schmitz with 28 seconds remaining ended the scoring.

Ryan O'Mara, who shut out RLF 4-0 on Jan. 16, made 22 saves as the Panthers improved to 7-3-1 against section teams and 15-6-1 overall. Red Lake Falls fell to 5-8 against section opponents and 8-12 overall.

The Panthers, who hosted Crookston in another section game Tuesday night, will travel to Detroit Lakes for a make-up Mid-State Conference game Thursday night. Both teams are 6-1 in conference play. The winner of that game wins the conference title. Park Rapids then hosts Kittson Central Saturday afternoon in another section game.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, S. Coborn (Kanten), 9:02. 1, Red Lake Falls, Johnston (Schmitz, Glass), 15:36. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, RLF 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Ricke (T. Coborn, McMorrow), 16:00. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, RLF 3.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, Park Rapids, S. Coborn (Kanten, Johnson), 12:36. 4, Park Rapids, T. Coborn (unassisted), 15:59. 2, Red Lake Falls, Schmitz (Olsen), 16:32. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, RLF 0.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (O'Mara) 5-10-7-22. Red Lake Falls (Page) 10-17-4-31.