Boys Hockey: Crookston tops Park Rapids for first win

Despite being outshot 33-21, the Pirates skated to a 7-4 win over the Panthers.

Sawyer Torkelson made one of his 14 saves during the Panthers' 7-4 loss to Crookston at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

PARK RAPIDS – Crookston scored five straight goals to defeat the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team 7-4 in a game between Section 8A rivals at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena on Thursday, Jan. 6.

The Pirates, who had scored only seven goals in eight losses in addition to a 6-6 tie with Kittson Central, picked up their first win of the season.

Park Rapids opened the scoring when Liam Torola slapped in a rebound 4:55 into the first period. Conner Hanson and Jaxson Lund received assists on that goal. Crookston responded to tie the game at 1-1 on Jackson Reese’s goal at the 10:06 mark.

Despite being outshot 13-9, the Pirates scored the first four goals of the second period with Jack Doda recording a hat trick by finding the back of the net at the 1:15 mark, at the 7:10 mark for a shorthanded goal and at the 16:12 mark to make it 5-1. Alex Longoria scored the other goal at the 2:41 mark. Josh Hillukka assisted on a goal by Reed Sharp with 22 seconds remaining to cut the gap to 5-2 entering the final period.

After Longoria scored 51 seconds into the third period, Nash Mitchell’s power-play goal at the 4:15 mark pulled the Panthers to within 6-3. Carter Trudeau gave Crookton a 7-3 lead with 4:23 to play before Lund’s goal with 1:39 remaining capped off the scoring.


Goalie Sawyer Torkelson made 14 saves for the Panthers, who fell to 1-4 in section games and 4-8 overall. Jaron Bailey stopped 29 shots as Crookston improved to 1-4-1 against section opponents and 1-8-1 overall. Park Rapids finished with a 33-21 advantage in shots on goal.

Crookston 1 4 2…7
Park Rapids 1 1 2…4
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, L. Torola (Hanson, Lund), 4:55. 1, Crookston, Reese (Andringa, Longoria), 10:06. Penalties: Crookston 0, Park Rapids 1.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, Crookston, Doda (Trudeau), 1:15. 3, Crookston, Longoria (Doda, Andringa), 2:41. 4, Crookston, Doda (Longoria), 7:10. 5, Crookston, Doda, 16:12. 2, Park Rapids, Sharp (Josh Hillukka), 16:38. Penalties: Crookston 2, Park Rapids 0.
THIRD PERIOD: 6, Crookston, Longoria (Doda, Demarais), :51. 3, Park Rapids, Mitchell, 4:15. 7, Crookston, Trudeau (Doda, Melsa), 12:37. 4, Park Rapids, Lund, 15:21. Penalties: Crookston 2, Park Rapids 2.
GOALIE SAVES: Crookston (Bailey) 8-12-9–29. Park Rapids (Torkelson) 7-5-2–14.

Conner Hanson carried the puck across the blue line during the Panthers' 7-4 loss to Crookston on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

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