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Thief River Falls shuts out Panthers

Thief River Falls backed up its No. 5 ranking in the latest state Class A poll with an 8-0 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Jan. 8 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Evan Bushy scored 1:26 into the game and followed with a power-play goal at the 11:20 mark. Goals by Tucker Skime at the 14:25 mark and Daltyn Quam at the 16:13 mark gave the Prowlers a 4-0 lead after the first period.

Skime opened the second period with a goal at the 3:36 mark before a shorthanded goal by Kaden Bakken at the 7:57 mark and a goal by Hunter Larson at the 12:28 mark extended the lead to 7-0 after the second period.

Bakken concluded the scoring with 7:41 to play as Thief River Falls finished with a 32-10 advantage in shots on goal.

Goalie Logan Arndt made 24 saves for the Panthers, who fell to 1-7 in section games and 2-12 overall. The Prowlers improved to 4-0 in the section and 9-4-2 overall.

East Grand Forks, which was rated No. 4 in this week's state poll, tops the section standings with an 11-3 overall record (3-0 in section games). Warroad, which was rated No. 9, sits at 2-2 in section games and 8-5 overall while Detroit Lakes follows at 2-1 in the section and 10-1-1 overall. Kittson Central (4-0 in the section, 8-2 overall), Lake of the Woods (2-4 in the section, 5-9 overall), Bagley/Fosston (3-2 in the section, 4-7 overall), Red Lake Falls (1-3 in the section, 3-5 overall) and Crookston (1-4 in the section, 2-11-1 overall) round out the section standings.

Park Rapids 0 0 0...0

Thief River Falls 4 3 1...8

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Thief River Falls, Bushy, 1:26. 2, Thief River Falls, Bushy (Hartmann), 11:20. 3, Thief River Falls, Skime (Brockston, W. Johnson), 14:25. 4, Thief River Falls, Quam (Bakken), 16:13. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, Thief River Falls 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 5, Thief River Falls, Skime (W. Johnson, Masseth), 3:36. 6, Thief River Falls, Bakken (Bushy, T. Johnson), 7:57. 7, Thief River Falls, Larson (Skime), 12:28. Penalties: Park Rapids 0, Thief River Falls 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 8, Thief River Falls, Bakken (Kempert, Larson), 9:19. Penalties: Park Rapids 0, Thief River Falls 1.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Arndt) 11-5-8--24. Thief River Falls (Rupprecht) 5-2-3--10.