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Quick start keys Lakers' 4-2 win

Park Rapids goalie Cody Brumbaugh made one of his 40 saves during Tuesday night's game against Detroit Lakes.

A three-goal first period led Detroit Lakes to a 4-2 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

Nate Baker and Ryan Lindquist scored goals in a span of 1:04 midway through the first period to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead.

Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson set up a goal by Frank Moren at the 10:57 mark before Alex Mason gave Detroit Lakes a 3-1 lead. The Lakers held a 14-4 edge in shots in the opening period.

The Panthers couldn't take advantage of a 5-on-3 situation, but Erickson's goal with 1:00 remaining in the second period cut the gap to 3-2. Ian Johnson and Coborn had assists on that goal. The Lakers had a 16-12 advantage in shots in the middle period.

Andy Schupp's goal at the 5:41 mark concluded the scoring as the Lakers held a 14-6 edge in shots in the third period.

The Lakers, who also failed to score on a 5-on-3 power play in the third period, failed to score on five power-play opportunities. The Panthers didn't score on six power-play chances.

Park Rapids goalie Cody Brumbaugh made 40 saves as the Panthers fell to 12-11-1. Detroit Lakes improved to 13-9-1.

Detroit Lakes won the conference title with a 7-1 record while the Panthers, who lost to DL 6-5 in overtime early in the season, finished in third place with a 4-3-1 record.

The Panthers received the No. 7 seed for the Section 8A playoffs and will open quarterfinal play at No. 2 Thief River Falls (16-7-1) next Friday night at 6 p.m. Thief River, which defeated Park Rapids 10-1 during the regular season, is rated No. 8 in this week's state Class A poll.

The section tournament begins Tuesday night with No. 8 Kittson Central (5-19) hosting No. 9 Bagley/Fosston (3-19-1). The winner of that game plays No. 1 Warroad (17-8) Thursday night at Thief River Falls at 6. The other quarterfinal game Thursday night at Thief River Falls features No. 4 Crookston (11-11-3) against No. 5 East Grand Forks (9-13-1) at 8:15.

The final quarterfinal game pits No. 3 Lake of the Woods (15-6-3) against No. 6 Red Lake Falls (13-10-1) Friday night at 8:15 at Thief River Falls.

The Thursday night winners play next Saturday night at 7 while the Friday night winners play Feb. 28 at 7. Both games will be played at Thief River Falls, which will host the Section 8A championship game March 3 at 7 p.m.

Detroit Lakes 3 0 1.....4

Park Rapids 1 1 0.....2

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Detroit Lakes, Baker (Mason), 9:18. 2, Detroit Lakes, Lindquist (Rusness), 10:14. 1, Park Rapids, Moren (Coborn, Erickson), 10:57. 3, Detroit Lakes, Mason (Jung, Baker), 14:14. Penalties: Detroit Lakes 1, Park Rapids 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Erickson (Johnson, Coborn), 16:00. Penalties: Detroit Lakes 3, Park Rapids 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, Detroit Lakes, Schupp, 5:41. Penalties: Detroit Lakes 2, Park Rapids 3.

GOALIE SAVES: Detroit Lakes (Murphy) 3-11-6-20. Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 11-16-13-40.