Skime's five goals power Prowlers past Panthers in section playoffs
Thief River Falls outshot the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team 43-9 and skated to a 10-1 win in a Section 8A quarterfinal playoff game Friday night at Thief River Falls.
Brendan Skime's five goals and two assists sparked the win for the No. 2-seeded Prowlers, who also defeated Park Rapids 10-1 during the regular season.
Skime opened the scoring 1:03 into the game before Ian Johnson and Jamie Stewart set up Cory Odland at the 5:22 mark to give the Panthers a 1-1 tie.
Riley Soderstrom scored what proved to be the game-winning goal before Skime completed his hat trick to give TRF a 4-1 lead after the first period. The Prowlers held a 22-2 advantage in shots on goal in the opening period.
Goals by Andrew Lansing, Skime and Derek Kayser pushed TRF's lead to 7-1 after the second period. TRF held a 12-5 edge in shots in that period.
TRF capped off the win with goals by Skime, Tanner Nessen and Brady Meunier in the third period. The Prowlers had a 9-2 edge in shots on goal.
Jon Narverud made eight saves as TRF improved to 17-8-1 on the season.
Scott Smith had 24 saves and Cody Brumbaugh had nine saves for the No. 7-seeded Panthers, who ended the season with a 12-13-1 record.
Park Rapids 1 0 0.....1
Thief River Falls 4 3 3.....10
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Thief River Falls, Skime (Nessen, Odberg), 1:03. 2, Park Rapids, Odland (Johnson, Stewart), 5:22. 2, Thief River Falls, Soderstrom, 6:13. 3, Thief River Falls, Skime (Lansing, Odberg), 7:33. 4, Thief River Falls, Skime (Odberg, Forney), 11:29. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, TRF 1.
SECOND PERIOD: 5, Thief River Falls, Lansing (Skime, Nessen), 6:30. 6, Thief River Falls, Skime (Lansing, Forney), 12:06. 7, Thief River Falls, Kayser (Skime), 12:35. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, TRF 1.
THIRD PERIOD: 8, Thief River Falls, Skime (Nessen, Forney), 7:49. 9, Thief River Falls, Nessen (Audette, Odberg), 14:15. 10, Thief River Falls, Meunier (Ranum, Crosson), 16:28. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, TRF 2.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Smith) 18-x-6-24; (Brumbaugh) x-9-x-9. TRF (Narverud) 1-5-2-8.