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Panthers split with W-DC, RLF

Park Rapids' Zach O'Hern (right) and Wadena-Deer Creek's Matthew Spar went after the puck during Thursday night's game at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.1 / 2
Wadena-Deer Creek's Colter Pettit (right) tried to check Park Rapids' Bailey Mueller away from the puck during Thursday night's game.2 / 2

Hat tricks were the difference as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team split games last week.

Sam Coborn's hat trick and two assists led the Panthers to a 7-1 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

Garrett Schmitz tallied a hat trick in leading Red Lake Falls to a 5-1 Section 8A win over the Panthers Saturday afternoon at Red Lake Falls.

The win over W-DC gave the Panthers a 2-2-1 record in conference play while the loss to Red Lake Falls dropped the Panthers to 3-5 against Section 8A teams. Park Rapids is 7-7-1 overall.

Panthers sweep Wolverines

Coborn's fourth hat trick of the season helped the Panthers defeat W-DC for the second time this season.

Levi Erickson's power-play goal at the 9:19 mark of the first period gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Ian Johnson and Coborn assisted on that first goal of the game. Park Rapids held a 21-12 edge in shots on goal in the opening period.

After W-DC tied the game, a four-goal second period put the Panthers in control. Coborn scored on the power play 1:43 into the second period and followed with another goal at the 4:47 mark. Johnson assisted on the first goal and Erickson set up the second goal. Johnson's goal at the 5:48 mark and Erickson's goal at the 9:02 mark gave the Panthers a 5-1 advantage. Kyle Kanten assisted on Johnson's goal while Johnson and Coborn set up the Panthers' fourth goal of the period. Park Rapids dominated the second period with a 25-7 advantage in shots.

Another power-play goal completed Coborn's hat trick 46 seconds into the third period. Johnson and Kanten were credited with assists on that goal. Frank Moren scored the game's final goal 1:14 into the final period. Bailey Mueller and Kody Walsh had assists on that goal. The Panthers outshot W-DC 12-8 in the final period.

Goalie Scott Smith made 26 saves for the Panthers, who went 3 for 7 on the power play and finished with a 58-27 edge in shots.

The loss dropped the Wolverines to 0-5 in the conference and 4-12 overall. Park Rapids also defeated W-DC 7-1 earlier in the season.

Wadena-Deer Creek 1 0 0.....1

Park Rapids 1 4 2.....7

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Erickson (Johnson, Coborn), 9:19. 1, W-DC, Pettit (unassisted), 12:16. Penalties: W-DC 4, Park Rapids 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Coborn (Johnson), 1:43. 3, Park Rapids, Coborn (Erickson), 4:47. 4, Park Rapids, Johnson (Kanten), 5:48. 5, Park Rapids, Erickson (Johnson, Coborn), 9:02. Penalties: W-DC 5, Park Rapids 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, Park Rapids, Coborn (Johnson, Kanten), :46. 7, Park Rapids, Moren (Mueller, Walsh), 1:14. Penalties: W-DC 0, Park Rapids 2.

GOALIE SAVES: W-DC (Isola) 20-21-10-51. Park Rapids (Smith) 11-7-8-26.

Schmitz keys win by RLF

Red Lake Falls scored the game's final five goals to prevail in this battle of section rivals.

Coborn set up Noah MacPherson at the 6:14 mark of the opening period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

Schmitz scored twice in a span of 27 seconds to give Red Lake Falls a 2-1 lead after the first period. Red Lake Falls held a 19-7 edge in shots in the opening period.

Max Martocq scored on the power play early in the second period to give Red Lake Falls a 3-1 edge. RLF held a 13-6 edge in shots in that period.

Schmitz completed his hat trick midway through the third period and Andrew Jahnke scored at the 14:15 mark to seal the win. RLF outshot the Panthers 16-7 in the third period.

Smith finished with 43 saves as RLF held a 48-20 advantage in shots in improving to 5-1 in the section and 9-4 overall.

Park Rapids 1 0 0.....1

Red Lake Falls 2 1 2.....5

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, MacPherson (Coborn), 6:14. 1, Red Lake Falls, Schmitz (Ness, Amiot), 12:42. 2, Red Lake Falls, Schmitz (Glass, Jahnke), 13:09. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, Red Lake Falls 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 3, Red Lake Falls, Martocq (Zutz, Larson), 3:48. Penalties: Park Rapids 3, Red Lake Falls 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, Red Lake Falls, Schmitz (unassisted), 7:17. 5, Red Lake Falls, Jahnke (Martocq), 14:15. Penalties: Park Rapids 4, Red Lake Falls 3.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Smith) 17-12-14-43. Red Lake Falls (Larson) 6-6-7-19.