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Boys Hockey: Panthers defeat South St. Paul

Jaxson Lund's two goals and goals by Coby Hagen, Nash Mitchell and Liam Torola sparked the 5-3 victory.

Nash Mitchell (9) and Jaxson Lund (10) combined for three goals and three assists in the Panthers' 5-3 win over South St. Paul on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

Third-period goals by Liam Torola and Jaxson Lund gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 5-3 win over South St. Paul at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Park Rapids jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind goals by Coby Hagen and Nash Mitchell. Parker Vinge assisted on Hagen’s goal while Lund set up Mitchell. Roddick Simons’ goal made it 2-1 after the first period.

Jake Mauer scored to tie the game at 2-2 before Mitchell and Quincy Jantz assisted on a goal by Lund to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. Matt Elsner’s power-play goal tied the game at 3-3 entering the final period.

Torola scored the game-winner before Mitchell and Joey Hillukka assisted on an insurance goal by Lund.

Goalie Collin Hoyt made 22 saves as the Panthers held a 31-25 edge in shots on goal. The win gave Park Rapids a 2-1 record while the Packers fell to 1-1.


South St. Paul 1 2 0...3
Park Rapids 2 1 2...5
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Hagen (Vinge), 2:18. 2, Park Rapids, Mitchell (Lund), 12:33. 1, South St. Paul, Simons (Heimerl), 13:09. Penalties: South St. Paul 1, Park Rapids 1.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, South St. Paul, Mauer (Rosales, McLaughlin), 2:29. 3, Park Rapids, Lund (Mitchell, Jantz), 3:24. 3, South St. Paul, Elsner, 5:13. Penalties: South St. Paul 2, Park Rapids 2.
THIRD PERIOD:, 4, Park Rapids, L. Torola, 15:08. 5, Park Rapids, Lund (Mitchell, Jo. Hillukka), 16:44. Penalties: South St. Paul 0, Park Rapids 3.
GOALIE SAVES: South St. Paul (Bangura), 26. Park Rapids (Hoyt), 22.
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