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Quick start keys Lakers' 4-2 win

A three-goal first period led Detroit Lakes to a 4-2 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

Cody Brumbaugh
Park Rapids goalie Cody Brumbaugh made one of his 40 saves during Tuesday night's game against Detroit Lakes.

A three-goal first period led Detroit Lakes to a 4-2 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.

Nate Baker and Ryan Lindquist scored goals in a span of 1:04 midway through the first period to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead.

Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson set up a goal by Frank Moren at the 10:57 mark before Alex Mason gave Detroit Lakes a 3-1 lead. The Lakers held a 14-4 edge in shots in the opening period.

The Panthers couldn't take advantage of a 5-on-3 situation, but Erickson's goal with 1:00 remaining in the second period cut the gap to 3-2. Ian Johnson and Coborn had assists on that goal. The Lakers had a 16-12 advantage in shots in the middle period.

Andy Schupp's goal at the 5:41 mark concluded the scoring as the Lakers held a 14-6 edge in shots in the third period.

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The Lakers, who also failed to score on a 5-on-3 power play in the third period, failed to score on five power-play opportunities. The Panthers didn't score on six power-play chances.

Park Rapids goalie Cody Brumbaugh made 40 saves as the Panthers fell to 12-11-1. Detroit Lakes improved to 13-9-1.

Detroit Lakes won the conference title with a 7-1 record while the Panthers, who lost to DL 6-5 in overtime early in the season, finished in third place with a 4-3-1 record.

The Panthers received the No. 7 seed for the Section 8A playoffs and will open quarterfinal play at No. 2 Thief River Falls (16-7-1) next Friday night at 6 p.m. Thief River, which defeated Park Rapids 10-1 during the regular season, is rated No. 8 in this week's state Class A poll.

The section tournament begins Tuesday night with No. 8 Kittson Central (5-19) hosting No. 9 Bagley/Fosston (3-19-1). The winner of that game plays No. 1 Warroad (17-8) Thursday night at Thief River Falls at 6. The other quarterfinal game Thursday night at Thief River Falls features No. 4 Crookston (11-11-3) against No. 5 East Grand Forks (9-13-1) at 8:15.

The final quarterfinal game pits No. 3 Lake of the Woods (15-6-3) against No. 6 Red Lake Falls (13-10-1) Friday night at 8:15 at Thief River Falls.

The Thursday night winners play next Saturday night at 7 while the Friday night winners play Feb. 28 at 7. Both games will be played at Thief River Falls, which will host the Section 8A championship game March 3 at 7 p.m.

Detroit Lakes 3 0 1.....4

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Park Rapids 1 1 0.....2

FIRST PERIOD: 1, Detroit Lakes, Baker (Mason), 9:18. 2, Detroit Lakes, Lindquist (Rusness), 10:14. 1, Park Rapids, Moren (Coborn, Erickson), 10:57. 3, Detroit Lakes, Mason (Jung, Baker), 14:14. Penalties: Detroit Lakes 1, Park Rapids 1.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Erickson (Johnson, Coborn), 16:00. Penalties: Detroit Lakes 3, Park Rapids 1.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, Detroit Lakes, Schupp, 5:41. Penalties: Detroit Lakes 2, Park Rapids 3.

GOALIE SAVES: Detroit Lakes (Murphy) 3-11-6-20. Park Rapids (Brumbaugh) 11-16-13-40.

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