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Panthers rally, top Lightning 2-1 in OT

River Lakes' Blake Peterson (right) checked the Panthers' Tom Melvin off the puck during Friday night's game. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Josh Baker scored with 44 seconds to play in regulation and Jensen Rice scored the game-winner in overtime to give the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 2-1 Mid-State Conference victory over Northern Lakes Thursday night at the Walker Area Community Center.

Both teams had 16 shots on goal after the first two scoreless periods before Shane Donovan gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead with 3:12 to play in the third period. Park Rapids, which finished with a 22-11 advantage in shots in the final period, forced overtime when Nolan Pederson assisted on Baker's game-tying goal.

Rice scored the game-winner at the 4:22 mark in the extra session as the Panthers improved to 3-3 in the conference. Park Rapids defeated the Lightning 5-3 on Dec. 21. Northern Lakes fell to 3-3 in conference games and 4-12 overall. Detroit Lakes tops the Mid-State standings at 4-0 while Wadena-Deer Creek (3-4) and Prairie Centre (1-4) follow.

Goalie Austin Jerger finished with 28 saves as the Panthers finished with a 41-29 edge in shots.

Northern Lakes 0 0 1 0...1

Park Rapids 0 0 1 1...2

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: Northern Lakes 0, Park Rapids 2.

SECOND PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: Northern Lakes 1, Park Rapids 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 1, Northern Lakes, Donovan (Westlund), 13:48. 1, Park Rapids, Baker (Pederson), 16:16. Penalties: Northern Lakes 2, Park Rapids 0.

OVERTIME: 2, Park Rapids, Rice, 4:22. Penalties: None.

GOALIE SAVES: Northern Lakes (Fink) 4-12-21-2--39. Park Rapids (Jerger) 10-6-10-2--28.

River Lakes edges Panthers in overtime

Blake Peterson scored 46 seconds into overtime to give River Lakes a 1-0 victory over the Panthers Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

Peterson fired a slap shot off a faceoff for the game-winner in this defensive battle.

River Lakes' Jonathan Terwisscha and Jerger combined to stop 61 shots during regulation. Jerger stopped 17 shots in the first period as the Panthers skated off a 5-minute penalty and followed with 20 more saves to help send the game into overtime. Jerger stopped three more shots before Peterson ended it.

The Panthers saw their three-game winning streak snapped in falling to 6-11-1 on the season. River Lakes (which is a cooperative comprised of Albany, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Eden Valley-Watkins, New London-Spicer, Paynesville, Rocori and St. John's Prep) improved to 8-9.

River Lakes 0 0 0 1...1

Park Rapids 0 0 0 0...0

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: River Lakes 1, Park Rapids 1.

SECOND PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: River Lakes 1, Park Rapids 1.

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: River Lakes 1, Park Rapids 0.

OVERTIME: 1, River Lakes, Peterson (Nelson), :46. Penalties: None.

GOALIE SAVES: RIver Lakes (Terwisscha) 8-9-7-0--24. Park Rapids (Jerger) 17-9-11-3--40.