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Pirates finish strong in win over Panthers

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

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.

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.