Lone penalty costs Panthers in 5-4 loss

Tyler Hennen's power-play goal with 6:17 to play gave Kittson Central the win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team.


Kittson Central capitalized on the only penalty the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team had for a 5-4 win at Hallock on Friday, Feb. 19.

Tyler Hennen completed his hat trick with a power-play goal with 6:17 to play to give Kittson Central the win in this battle between Section 8A teams.

Hennen gave the Bearcats a 2-0 lead with goals at the 3:07 and 4:07 marks of the first period before Jaxson Lund made it 2-1 with a goal at the 13:20 mark. Joey Hillukka and Nash Mitchell assisted on the Panthers’ first goal.

Park Rapids took a 3-2 lead in the second period on Quincy Jantz’s power-play goal at the 4:06 mark and Caden Opheim’s goal 1:53 later. Mitchell and Alec Nordin set up Jantz’s goal. Kittson Central reclaimed the lead on goals by Hayden Hennen at the 14:21 mark and Adam Gustafson at the 15:11 mark.

Brody Hagen assisted on a goal by Jack Slagle as the Panthers tied the game at 4-4 5:01 into the third period before Tyler Hennen scored the game-winner.


Goalie Sawyer Torkelson finished with 21 saves for the Panthers, who matched Kittson Central’s 26 shots on goal. Kittson Central improved to 5-1-1 in section games and 6-2-1 overall while the Panthers fell to 1-3 against section opponents and 4-6 overall.

Park Rapids 1 2 1...4
Kittson Central 2 2 1...5
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Kittson Central, T. Hennen (Misson), 3:07. 2, Kittson Central, T. Hennen (Sugden), 4:07. 1, Park Rapids, Lund (Joey Hillukka, Mitchell), 13:20. Penalties: None.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Jantz (Mitchell, Nordin), 4:06. 3, Park Rapids, Opheim, 5:49. 3, Kittson Central, H. Hennen, 14:21. 4, Kittson Central, Gustafson (T. Hennen, Hanson), 15:11. Penalties: Park Rapids 0, Kittson Central 1.
THIRD PERIOD: 4, Park Rapids, Slagle (Hagen), 5:01. 5, Kittson Central, T. Hennen (H. Olsonawski, H. Hennen), 10:43. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Kittson Central 0.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Torkelson) 7-6-8--21. Kittson Central (W. Olsonawski) 8-6-8--22.

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