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Krause's hat trick lifts LOW past Panthers

Luke Krause scored a hat trick and added two assists in leading Lake of the Woods to a 7-2 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Friday night at Baudette.

Krause opened the scoring 4:11 into the game while Kade Chapman's goal at the 13:41 mark and Nathan Poolman's power-play goal at the 16:33 mark gave LOW a 3-0 lead after the first period. The Bears held a 14-2 advantage in shots in the opening period.

LOW extended the lead to 5-0 on Krause's goal at the 6:22 mark and Poolman's goal at the 13:42 mark of the second period. The Panthers were outshot 11-8 in that period.

Park Rapids' Nolan Pederson opened the third period by scoring at the 3:03 mark before Krause completed his hat trick with a power-play goal at the 14:09 mark to give LOW a 6-1 lead. Jordan Baker and Tom Melvin assisted on a goal by the Panthers' Wyatt Halvorson with 46 seconds to play before Chapman concluded the scoring with 12 seconds remaining as LOW held a 12-8 edge in shots in that period.

Goalie Austin Jerger made 20 saves in the first two periods while goalie Brendan Kruchowski made 10 saves in the third period as Park Rapids fell to 3-9-1 in the section and 6-14-1 overall.

Poolman also finished with five points as LOW improved to 8-2 in section games and 12-3-3 overall. The Bears finished with a 37-18 advantage in shots.

Park Rapids 0 0 2...2

Lake of the Woods 3 2 2...7

FIRST PERIOD: 1, LOW, Krause (Chapman, Arpin), 4:11. 2, LOW, Chapman (Poolman), 13:41. 3, LOW, Poolman (Krause), 16:33. Penalties: Park Rapids 0, LOW 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, LOW, Krause (Poolman), 6:22. 5, LOW, Poolman (Krause), 13:42. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, LOW 3.

THIRD PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Pederson, 3:03. 6, LOW, Krause, 14:09. 2, Park Rapids, Halvorson (Jor. Baker, Melvin), 16:14. 7, LOW, Chapman (Poolman), 16:48. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, LOW 0.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Jerger) 11-9-x--20; (Kruchowski) x-x-10--10. LOW (Carradice) 2-8-6--16.