Power-play goal propels Prairie Centre past Panthers
Dominic Ritter's third-period goal gives the North Stars a 2-1 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team.
Power-play opportunities were the difference in Prairie Centre’s 2-1 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Dominic Ritter’s power-play goal 4:51 into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the North Stars swept the season series from Park Rapids. Prairie Centre, which defeated the Panthers 5-3 on Dec. 3, went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Panthers failed to score on five chances with a man advantage.
The Panthers failed to score on three power-play chances, including a 5-on-3 opportunity just 3:13 into the game, in the first period. Park Rapids had an 11-6 edge in shots on goal in the opening period.
Prairie Centre controlled the second period with an 18-7 advantage in shots. Eli Fletcher’s goal with 4:32 to play gave the North Stars a 1-0 lead before Joey Hillukka’s goal with 34 seconds remaining tied it at 1-1.
After Ritter scored the go-ahead goal, the Panthers had two more power-play chances in the final 5:57 of the game, but couldn’t score the equalizer. The North Stars held a 15-5 advantage in shots in the final period.
Goalie Ben Strandlie made 37 saves as the Panthers were outshot 39-23. The win lifted Prairie Centre to 4-4 in the conference and 6-14-1 overall while Park Rapids fell to 1-6 in conference games and 4-16 overall. Detroit Lakes tops the conference standings with a 5-0 record while Northern Lakes follows at 5-1-1.
Prairie Centre 0 1 1...2
Park Rapids 0 1 0...1
FIRST PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties: Prairie Centre 3, Park Rapids 0.
SECOND PERIOD: 1, Prairie Centre, Fletcher (Gould), 12:28. 1, Park Rapids, Hillukka, 16:26. Penalties: None.
THIRD PERIOD: 2, Prairie Centre, Ritter (Deters), 4:51. Penalties: Prairie Centre 2, Park Rapids 2.
GOALIE SAVES: Prairie Centre (DeFoe) 11-6-5--22. Park Rapids (Strandlie) 6-17-14--37.