Panthers dominate LOW, fall to Eveleth
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team turned in a dominating performance Thursday night in shutting out Lake of the Woods for the second time this season.
The Panthers used a 64-9 advantage in shots for a 7-0 victory at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena to record their seventh shutout of the season. Park Rapids outshot LOW 60-15 in a 6-0 victory earlier this season.
Jessie O'Hern scored on a breakaway at the 6:12 mark and Alex Pederson scored at the 11:20 mark to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Hannah Williams and Ashley Thelen had assists on Pederson's goal as the Panthers held a 27-1 advantage in shots in the opening period.
A five-goal second period put the game away as the Panthers held a 25-2 advantage in shots. Bailee Jerger scored on assists from Kendra Dresow and Lauren Naeve at the 2:15 mark. Pederson set up Julia Renner at the 5:08 mark before Abby Fischer received an assist on a goal by Mady Vaudrin a minute later. Christina Smith scored on an assist from O'Hern 24 seconds after that before Renner set up Pederson at the 11:48 mark to conclude the scoring.
Goalie Bailey Moore stopped all nine shots she faced for the win.
The Panthers improved to 2-5 against Section 8A opponents while LOW fell to 0-6 in section games and 2-12 overall.
Lake of the Woods 0 0 0.......0
Park Rapids 2 5 0.......7
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, O'Hern, 6:12. 2, Park Rapids, Pederson (Williams, Thelen), 11:20.
SECOND PERIOD: 3, Park Rapids, Jerger (Dresow, Naeve), 2:15. 4, Park Rapids, Renner (Pederson), 5:08. 5, Park Rapids, Vaudrin (Fischer), 6:05. 6, Park Rapids, Smith (O'Hern), 6:29. 7, Park Rapids, Pederson (Renner), 11:48.
THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.
GOALIE SAVES: LOW (Ney) 25-20-12-57. Park Rapids (Moore) 1-2-6-9.
Eveleth defeats Panthers
Kora Bonicatto stopped 35 shots in leading Eveleth-Gilbert to a 4-1 win over the Panthers Saturday at Hoyt Lakes Arena.
Amy Rice opened the scoring before Sam Mugge scored on a power play to give Eveleth a 2-0 lead after the first period.
After Thelen and Tayah Otterness set up a goal by Renner at the 8:28 mark, a power-play goal by Ashley Seabrook and a goal by Alicia Williams gave Eveleth a 4-1 lead.
Goalie Shania Johnson finished with 29 saves for the Panthers, who fell to 13-9 on the season. Eveleth improved to 6-16.
Park Rapids 0 1 0...1
Eveleth-Gilbert 2 2 0...4
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Eveleth, Rice (Larson, Seabrook), 7:29. 2, Eveleth, Mugge (Larson), 12:27. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, E-G 0.
SECOND PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Renner (Thelen, Otterness), 8:28. 3, Eveleth, Seabrook (Hiti, Strand), 11:17. 4, Eveleth, Williams (Hilfers), 13:50. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, E-G 0.
THIRD PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: Park Rapids 3, E-G 2.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Johnson) 10-7-12-29. E-G (Bonicatto) 13-8-14-35.