The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team received the No. 10 seed for the Section 8A tournament and will play at No. 7 Crookston on Tuesday (Feb. 18) in a play-in game starting at 7 p.m.
Both teams enter this playoff game with 4-20 records. Crookston defeated the Panthers by identical 7-2 scores on Jan. 9 and Jan. 31. The winner travels to No. 2 East Grand Forks (17-4-2) for a section quarterfinal game on Thursday (Feb. 20) at 7 p.m.
No. 8 Lake of the Woods (6-18) hosts No. 9 Bagley/Fosston (5-16) in the other play-in game on Feb. 18 with the winner playing at No. 1 Warroad on Feb. 20 in the quarterfinals. The other quarterfinal games on Feb. 20 will find No. 3 Thief River Falls (13-10-1) hosting No. 6 Red Lake Falls (17-8) and No. 4 Kittson County Central (17-7) hosting No. 5 Detroit Lakes (13-9-2). Warroad was rated No. 3 and East Grand Forks was rated No. 5 in the latest state Class A poll. East Grand Forks defeated Warroad 3-1 in last year’s section title game.
Thief River Falls will host the section semifinals on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and the section championship game on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.