Boys Hockey: Panthers post dramatic win over Bagley/Fosston

Park Rapids follows that 6-4 win with a 5-0 loss to Detroit Lakes to split games against Section 8A teams.

Bagley/Fosston goalie Kassandra Fontaine deflected a shot by Quincy Jantz during the Panthers' 6-4 win at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

PARK RAPIDS – Late goals by Jaxson Lund and Joey Hillukka gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 6-4 win over Bagley/Fosston at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena on Monday, Feb. 7.

After Brecken Levin’s goal with 2:58 to play tied this Section 8A matchup at 4-4, Lund scored the game-winner with 35 seconds remaining. Joey Hillukka added an empty net goal 14 seconds later as the Panthers avenged a 3-2 loss to Bagley/Fosston on Dec. 16.

Connor Hanson gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 9:59 mark of the first period before Bagley/Fosston took a 2-1 lead on goals by Levin at the 10:23 mark and Logan Merschman at the 12:19 mark.

Braden Stewart (21) flipped a pass past Bagley/Fosston's Eric Gerbracht during the Panthers' 6-4 win on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

Lund’s power-play goal at the 8:55 mark and Liam Torola’s goal at the 13:05 mark gave Park Rapids a 3-2 lead entering the third period. Quincy Jantz and Parker Vinge assisted on Torola’s goal.

Hanson and Joey Hillukka set up Lund at the 5:20 mark of the third period for a 4-2 advantage. Merchman’s goal at the 5:41 mark and Levin’s second goal of the game tied it at 4-4 before Lund scored the game-winner to complete his hat trick. Nash Mitchell and Hillukka assisted on that goal while Lund set up Hillukka’s empty-netter.


Goalie Sawyer Torkelson finished with 28 saves as the Panthers held a 41-32 edge in shots on goal. The Flyers, who failed to score on five power-play chances (including a 5-on-3 opportunity in the third period), fell to 3-5 in section games and 12-10-1 overall.

Bagley/Fosston 2 0 2…4

Park Rapids 1 2 3…6

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Hanson, 9:59. 1, Bagley, B. Levin (R. Levin), 10:23. 2, Bagley, Merschman (Olson), 12:19. Penalties: Bagley 1, Park Rapids 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Lund, 8:55. 3, Park Rapids, L. Torola (Jantz, Vinge), 13:05. Penalties: Bagley 3, Park Rapids 2.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, Park Rapids, Lund (Hanson, Joey Hillukka), 5:20. 3, Bagley, Merschman, 5:41. 4, Bagley, B. Levin (Olson), 14:02. 5, Park Rapids, Lund (Mitchell, Joey Hillukka), 16:25. 6, Park Rapids, Joey Hillukka (Lund), 16:39. Penalties: Bagley 3, Park Rapids 4.

GOALIE SAVES: Bagley (Fontaine) 12-12-11–35. Park Rapids Torkelson 8-10-10–28.

Detroit Lakes shuts out Panthers

PARK RAPIDS – Detroit Lakes held the Panthers to a season low 10 shots on goal in a 5-0 Mid-State Conference and Section 8A victory at the Ted O. Johnson Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

After a scoreless first period, a goal by Cooper Moore at the 6:51 mark and a power-play goal by Aiden Kennedy at the 12:21 mark gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead after the second period.

Jordan Fields scored 21 seconds into the third period and at the 5:29 mark before Cole Deraney’s power-play goal at the 7:47 mark concluded the scoring.

Torkelson made 24 saves for the Panthers, who fell to 3-5 in the conference, 3-7-1 in section games and 10-12-1 overall.

Detroit Lakes, which defeated the Panthers 4-1 on Dec. 7, fired 29 shots on net in improving to 7-0 in Mid-State games, 7-2 against section opponents and 17-4 overall.

Detroit Lakes 0 2 3…5

Park Rapids 0 0 0…0

FIRST PERIOD: No scoring: Penalties: Detroit Lakes 1, Park Rapids 0.

SECOND PERIOD: 1, Detroit Lakes, Moore (Fields, Thomas), 6:51. 2, Detroit Lakes, Kennedy (Thomas, Bergman), 12:21. Penalties: Detroit Lakes 0, Park Rapids 4.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, Detroit Lakes, Fields (Bergman, Kennedy), :21. 4, Detroit Lakes, Fields (Moore, Bergman), 5:29. 5, Detroit Lakes, Deraney (Suckert, Hines), 7:47. Penalties: Detroit Lakes 1, Park Rapids 1.

GOALIE SAVES: Detroit Lakes (Blow) 6-2-2–10. Park Rapids (Torkelson) 7-8-9–24.

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1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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