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Panthers edge LOW to extend win streak

McKenna Brand's fifth hat trick of the season led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensck-Akeley girls hockey team to its fourth consecutive win.

Brand scored the game-winning goal 22 seconds into the third period to complete her hat trick and give the Panthers a 4-3 win at Lake of the Woods Tuesday night. In the last four games, Brand has 13 goals and two assists.

Bailee Jerger scored 4:22 into the game to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Hannah Williams and Brand assisted on that goal.

After LOW took a 2-1 lead on Shelby Nosan's goal late in the first period and Ashley Krohn's power-play goal 37 seconds into the second period, Brand scored twice within a span of 3:18 to give Park Rapids a 3-2 edge. Shelby Nosan's power-play goal late in the second period tied the game.

Williams set up Brand for what proved to be the game-winning goal to open the third period. The Panthers' defense preserved that lead by allowing the Bears only three shots on goal in the final period.

Shania Johnson finished with 20 saves as the Panthers improved to 1-5 against Section 8A teams and 5-8 overall. The Panthers, who held a 26-23 edge in shots, won despite going 0-for-5 on the power play.

LOW fell to 0-4 against section teams and 0-7-1.

Park Rapids 1 2 1.....4

Lake of Woods 1 2 0.....3

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Jerger (Williams, Brand), 4:22. 1, LOW, Nosan (unassisted), 13:37. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, LOW 2.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, LOW, Krohn (Thompson, Krause), :37. 2, Park Rapids, Brand (unassisted), 1:17. 3, Park Rapids, Brand (unassisted), 4:35. 3, LOW, Nosan (Anderson, Clifford), 14:55. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, LOW 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, Park Rapids, Brand (Williams), :22. Penalties: Park Rapids 5, LOW 3.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 9-8-3-20. LOW (Ney) 6-8-8-22.