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Erickson, Moren lift Panthers to 6-5 win

Frank Moren's pair of goals and Levi Erickson's goal and two assists sparked the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-5 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

The Panthers used a 24-16 edge in shots to build a 5-1 lead late in the second period before holding on for the win.

Erickson assisted on Moren's first goal of the game at the 10:05 mark of the first period before Erickson's goal at the 15:59 mark gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Noah MacPherson assisted on Erickson's goal.

After Tyler Schwartz's shorthanded goal pulled Prairie Centre to within 2-1, goals by Moren, Benson Ringle and Drew Bade pushed the Panthers' lead to 5-1. Erickson and Bailey Mueller assisted on Moren's second goal at the 2:12 mark before Ian Johnson set up a power-play goal by Ringle. Raul Garcia and Luke Jaeger tallied assists on Bade's goal at the 14:24 mark.

Prairie Centre rallied behind Cody Steward's goal at the 16:12 mark of the second period, Cody Bartkowicz's shorthanded goal 25 seconds into the third period and Preston Pung's goal at the 9:19 mark.

Scott Smith assisted on a shorthanded goal by Johnson as the Panthers claimed a 6-4 lead with 49 seconds to play. Prairie Centre concluded the scoring on Bartkowicz's power-play goal with 22 seconds left.

Smith finished with 21 saves as the Panthers improved to 4-2 in the conference and 7-10 overall. Prairie Centre fell to 1-2 in conference games and 8-7 overall.

Prairie Centre 0 2 3......5

Park Rapids 2 3 1......6

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Moren (Erickson), 10:05. 2, Park Rapids, Erickson (MacPherson), 15:59. Penalties: PC 0, Park Rapids 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Prairie Centre, Schultz (unassisted), 2:12. 3, Park Rapids, Moren (Erickson, Mueller), 4:57. 4, Park Rapids, Ringle (Johnson), 14:24. 5, Park Rapids, Bade (Garcia, Jaeger), 15:19. 2, Prairie Centre, Steward (unassisted), 16:12. Penalties: PC 3, Park Rapids 0.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, Prairie Centre, Bartkowicz (Holm), :25. 4, Prairie Centre, Pung (unassisted), 9:19. 6, Park Rapids, Johnson (Smith), 16:11. 5, Prairie Centre, Bartkowicz (Polipnick), 16:38. Penalties: PC 1, Park Rapids 3.

GOALIE SAVES: PC (Brever) 8-11-9-28. Park Rapids (Smith) 6-8-7-21.