After winning the first three games that went into overtime this season, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team now has a two-game losing streak in games that go extra time.
Kaleb Thingelstad’s goal with 1:55 remaining in overtime gave Crookston a 4-3 victory in a battle between Section 8A rivals at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena on Thursday, Feb. 25.
Park Rapids got off to a good start when Jaxson Lund scored a power-play goal just 1:42 into the game. Alec Nordin and Brody Hagen set up that goal.
Crookston controlled play the rest of the period, finishing with a 16-9 advantage in shots on goal. Two goals in the final 1:40 gave the Pirates the lead. Alex Longoria scored with 1:40 left and Thingelstad followed with a goal with 50 seconds remaining to give Crookston a 2-1 lead.
Jack Doda scored a power-play goal on a 3-on-1 rush at the 11:11 mark of the second period to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead. The Panthers responded when Lund and Joey Hillukka set up a goal by Sam Meier with 3:20 to play in the second period to make it 3-2. Crookston held an 11-8 edge in shots in that period.
With 1:01 to play in regulation, Crookston was whistled for a penalty and the Panthers capitalized when Nash Mitchell tied the game at 3-3 with a power-play goal with 34 seconds remaining. Hagen assisted on that goal. Park Rapids held a 10-3 advantage in shots in that period.
Both teams had scoring chances in the extra period as Crookston fired six shots on net while the Panthers had four shots on goal. Thingelstad scored the game-winner off a faceoff to give the Pirates the win and drop Park Rapids to 4-4 in one-goal games. The Panthers posted overtime wins over Prairie Centre (2-1 twice) and Bagley/Fosston (5-4) before dropping an overtime decision to Breckenridge/Wahpeton (3-2).
Goalie Sawyer Torkelson made 32 saves as the Panthers fell to 1-4 against section opponents and 4-8 overall with their fourth straight loss. Crookston, which finished with a 36-31 edge in shots, improved to 2-5 in section games and 2-8 overall.