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Jerger, Panthers blank North Stars

Austin Jerger made 27 saves and Nolan Pederson scored a pair of goals in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-0 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Tuesday night at Long Prairie.

Josh Kuhlman assisted on a goal by Micah Link at the 10:12 mark of the first period to give Park Rapids a 1-0 lead. Jerger stopped all 12 shots he faced as the North Stars held a 12-5 advantage in shots in the opening period.

A four-goal second period put the Panthers in control. Pederson's goal at the 5:14 mark made it 2-0 before Josh Baker and Bjorn Jorgenson set up Cameron Hoyt's power-play goal at the 9:00 mark. Baker scored on assists from Jorgenson and Shea Alto at the 15:59 mark before James Hillukka and Alto assisted on a power-play goal by Christoffer Madsen at the 16:31 mark for a 5-0 advantage. The Panthers held a 12-7 edge in shots in that period.

Pederson concluded the scoring at the 13:04 mark of the third period as Park Rapids held a 10-8 edge in shots. Connor Link assisted on that goal.

Both teams finished with 27 shots on goal. The Panthers, who went 2-for-5 on the power play in their conference opener, improved to 2-0 on the season while the North Stars went 0-for-7 on power-play opportunities in falling to 0-2 in the conference and 0-4 overall.

Park Rapids 1 4 1...6

Prairie Centre 0 0 0...0

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, M. Link (Kuhlman), 10:12. Penalties: Park Rapids 3, Prairie Centre 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Pederson, 5:14. 3, Park Rapids, Hoyt (Baker, Jorgenson), 9:00. 4, Park Rapids, Baker (Jorgenson, Alto), 15:59. 5, Park Rapids, Madsen (Hillukka, Alto), 16:31. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Prairie Centre 3.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, Park Rapids, Pederson (C. Link), 13:04. Penalties: Park Rapids 4, Prairie Centre 3.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Jerger) 12-7-8--27. Prairie Centre (DeFoe) 4-8-x--12; (Gould) x-x-9--9.