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Kanten's hat trick leads Panthers past Greenway

Jamie Stewart carried the puck behind the Park Rapids net during Saturday night's game against Greenway.

Kyle Kanten's hat trick led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a penalty-marred 6-1 victory over Greenway Saturday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

Sam Coborn opened the scoring 1:51 into the game and Kanten followed with a pair of goals to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead after the first period. Ian Johnson and Coborn assisted on Kanten's power-play goal at the 11:38 mark and Kanten followed with another goal at the 14:52 mark. The Panthers held a 16-5 edge in shots in the opening period.

Park Rapids controlled the second period with a 22-7 advantage in shots. Frank Moren's power-play goal at the 3:21 mark and Zach Strandlie's goal at the 10:55 mark gave the Panthers a 5-1 lead. Levi Erickson and Johnson had assists on Moren's goal.

Kanten completed his hat trick with a breakaway goal with :01 remaining to cap the scoring. The Panthers held a 15-6 edge in shots in the final period, which saw 10 penalties whistled.

Park Rapids goalie Scott Smith made 17 saves for the win as the Panthers finished with a 53-18 advantage in shots. The Panthers converted 2 of 12 power-play opportunities while Greenway went 0-for-10 on the power play.

The win lifted Park Rapids to 10-9-1 on the season while Greenway fell to 9-12.

Greenway 1 0 0.....1

Park Rapids 3 2 1.....6

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Coborn, 1:51. 1, Greenway, Haigh (Staydohar), 9:29. 2, Park Rapids, Kanten (Johnson, Coborn), 11:38. 3, Park Rapids, Kanten, 14:52. Penalties: Greenway 2, Park Rapids 4.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, Park Rapids, Moren (Erickson, Johnson), 3:21. 5, Park Rapids, Strandlie, 10:55. Penalties: Greenway 3, Park Rapids 3.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, Park Rapids, Kanten, 16:59. Penalties: Greenway 7, Park Rapids 3.

GOALIE SAVES: Greenway (Arnason) 13-20-14-47. Park Rapids (Smith) 4-7-6-17.

RLF defeats Panthers

Red Lake Falls used a 44-24 advantage in shots on goal to spark a 4-1 Section 8A win over the Panthers Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

Andrew Jahnke's goal with :04 remaining in the first period gave Red Lake Falls a 1-0 lead.

Goals by Joe Berberena, Jacob Ness and Jahnke pushed Red Lake Falls' lead to 4-0.

Lucas Maves and Moren set up Coborn for the Panthers' lone goal at the 7:53 mark of the second period.

Red Lake Falls goalie Cole Larson made 23 saves while Smith finished with 40 saves. The win lifted Red Lake Falls to 7-5 against section teams and 12-9 overall while the Panthers fell to 3-6 in section games.

Red Lake Falls 1 3 0.....4

Park Rapids 0 1 0.....1

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Red Lake Falls, Jahnke (Zutz), 16:56. Penalties: RLF 1, Park Rapids 4.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Red Lake Falls, Berberena, 1:14. 3, Red Lake Falls, Ness (Schmitz), 4:33. 4, Red Lake Falls, Jahnke (Martocq, Schmitz), 6:06. 1, Park Rapids, Coborn (Maves, Moren), 7:53. Penalties: RLF 1, Park Rapids 0.

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: RLF 2, Park Rapids 2.

GOALIE SAVES: RLF (Larson) 5-11-7-23. Park Rapids (Smith) 11-18-11-40.