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Rematches don't go so well for Panthers in losses to IF, E-G

Park Rapids' Tara Johanning (3) carried the puck between International Falls' Kiana Kittelson (14) and Emma Erickson (13) during Friday night's game. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team was in both games in the first meetings against International Falls and Eveleth-Gilbert.

The rematches didn't go as well.

International Falls defeated the Panthers 6-2 on Nov. 21 while Eveleth-Gilbert posted a 4-1 victory over the Panthers on Dec. 9. In the rematches, International Falls skated to a 10-0 victory Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena while Eveleth-Gilbert jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a 6-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Hoyt Lakes.

Amber Tilander's hat trick in the first period powered International Falls to its first shutout of the season Friday night.

Natalie Herges and Maria Vollom also scored in the first period as the Broncos used an 18-5 advantage in shots on goal to claim a 5-0 lead.

IF again outshot the Panthers 18-5 in the second period as goals by Olivia Wright and Morgan Rasmussen pushed the lead to 7-0.

Goals by Rasmussen, Taylor Sears and Faith Black (who scored on a power play) concluded the scoring in the third period. The Broncos held a 20-2 advantage in shots in the final period.

The Broncos finished with a 56-12 advantage in shots as Park Rapids goalie Kylee Pachel made 46 saves. This marked the seventh time the Panthers had been held scoreless this season. International Falls improved to 7-9-1.

Eveleth-Gilbert outshot the Panthers 57-14 to spark the win Saturday afternoon.

Goals by Autumn Gregorich, Sophia Flatley and Julia Licari gave E-G a 3-0 lead before Lexi Hinkley-Smith scored at the 11:52 mark of the first period.

After Breanna Cegler scored to open the second period for a 4-1 advantage, Kinley Nordin assisted on a goal by Hinkley-Smith at the 1:09 mark to cut the gap to 4-2.

The Golden Bears sealed the win on goals by Anneka Lundgren in the second period and Ceglar in the third period.

Pachel made 51 saves as the Panthers fell to 2-17 on the season. Eveleth-Gilbert improved to 8-9-1.

International Falls 5 2 3...10

Park Rapids 0 0 0...0

FIRST PERIOD: 1, International Falls, Tilander (Kittelson, Rasmussen), :41. 2, International Falls, Herges (Auran), 9:24. 3, International Falls, Tilander (Kittelson), 11:58. 4, International Falls, Vollom (Bragg), 13:44. 5, International Falls, Tilander (Kerry), 14:03. Penalties: None.

SECOND PERIOD: 6, International Falls, Wright (Vollom, Bragg), 3:16. 7, International Falls, Rasmussen (Kittelson, Tilander), 14:47. Penalties: IF 0, Park Rapids 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 8, International Falls, Rasmussen (Kerry, Tilander), 2:15. 9, International Falls, Sears (Auran, Kerry), 3:09. 10, International Falls, Black (Tilander, Erickson), 15:23. Penalties: IF 0, Park Rapids 2.

GOALIE SAVES: International Falls (Wegner) 5-5-2--12. Park Rapids (Pachel) 13-16-17--46.

Park Rapids 1 1 0...2

Eveleth-Gilbert 3 2 1...6

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Eveleth-Gilbert, Gregorich (Lundgren), 4:42. 2, Eveleth-Gilbert, Flatley (Day, Davidson), 8:11. 3, Eveleth-Gilbert, Licari (Ceglar, Baranzelli), 9:52. 1, Park Rapids, Hinkley-Smith, 11:52. Penalties: None.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, Eveleth-Gilbert, Ceglar (Baranzelli), :28. 2, Park Rapids, Hinkley-Smith (Nordin), 1:09. 5, Eveleth-Gilbert, Lundgren (Seltz, Ceglar), 10:21. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, E-G 0.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, Eveleth-Gilbert, Ceglar (Gregorich), 5:47. Penalties: None.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Pachel) 19-20-12--51. E-G (Woods) 3-3-6--12.