Panthers dominate W-DC, fall to RLF

The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team followed a Mid-State Conference win with a disappointing Section 8A loss.

Ben Naugle
Kiefer Miller (15) looked on as goalie Ben Naugle made one of his 15 saves in the Panthers’ 4-1 Mid-State Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

     The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team followed a Mid-State Conference win with a disappointing Section 8A loss.

     The Panthers overcame a shorthanded goal to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 4-1 in a conference game Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena before allowing an overtime goal in a 3-2 loss at Red Lake Falls Saturday afternoon.

     Park Rapids improved to 4-1 in the conference while falling to 2-6 against section opponents. The Panthers are 6-9 overall.


Panthers defeat Wolverines


     After allowing a shorthanded goal late in the first period, the Panthers dominated the rest of the game to defeat W-DC.

     Michael Behl’s shorthanded goal with 25 seconds remaining in the first period gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

     Park Rapids took charge the rest of the way by outshooting W-DC 27-2 in the second period and 15-6 in the third period.

     Connor Kennedy tied the game at the 3:53 mark of the second period on assists from Chase Brand and Matt DeLaHunt before DeLaHunt scored the game-winner at the 13:28 mark for a 2-1 lead. Kennedy assisted on that goal.

     Cole Coborn gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead at the 10:47 mark of the third period on assists from Matt Bade and Kiefer Miller before DeLaHunt and Brand set up Miller on a power-play goal at the 12:36 mark to seal the win.

     Ben Naugle finished with 15 saves as the Panthers held a 52-16 advantage in shots.

     W-DC fell to 1-4 in the conference and 5-10 overall.



Wadena-Deer Creek    1    0      0…1

Park Rapids                0    2      2….4


FIRST PERIOD: 1, W-DC, Behl (Pettit), 16:35. Penalties: W-DC 1, Park Rapids 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Kennedy (Brand, DeLaHunt), 3:53. 2, Park Rapids, DeLaHunt (Kennedy), 13:28. Penalties: W-DC 1, Park Rapids 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, Park Rapids, Coborn (Bade, Miller), 10:47. 4, Park Rapids, Miller (DeLaHunt, Brand), 12:36. Penalties: W-DC 3, Park Rapids 2.

GOALIE SAVES: W-DC (Miller) 10-25-13-48. Park Rapids (Naugle) 7-2-6-15.



RLF tops Panthers in overtime

     Brandon Klipping’s goal in overtime gave Red Lake Falls a key section victory.

     Micah Barrett assisted on a goal by Miller at the 3:15 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead before Alex Erickson’s goal at the 12:19 mark tied the game.

     Red Lake Falls was outshot 11-5 in the second period, but Tristan Knott’s goal produced a 2-1 lead.

     Brand assisted on a power-play goal by Miller as the Panthers tied the game at 2-2 at the 4:19 mark of the third period.

     That score held up until Klipping’s goal late in the overtime session.

     Naugle made 22 saves while RLF goalie Bailey Schmitz finished with 35 saves. The win lifted Red Lake Falls to 2-4 against section teams and 6-7-1 overall.


Park Rapids        1      0    1      0…2

Red Lake Falls     1      1    0      1….3


FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Miller (Barrett), 3:15. 1, Red Lake Falls, Erickson, 12:19. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Red Lake Falls 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Red Lake Falls, Knott, 6:48. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, Red Lake Falls 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Miller (Brand), 4:19. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Red Lake Falls 2.

OVERTIME: 3, Red Lake Falls, Klipping (Kenfield, Knott), 7:31. Penalties: None.

GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Naugle) 8-4-6-4-22. Red Lake Falls (Schmitz) 9-11-10-5-35.

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