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Panthers hold off Lightning

Sam Gutzman scored two goals and Hannah Zimmerman one as the visiting Northern Lakes Lightning girls' hockey team lost to the Park Rapids Panthers 5-3 in a Mid-State Conference game on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Sam Gutzman scored two goals and Hannah Zimmerman one as the visiting Northern Lakes Lightning girls’ hockey team lost to the Park Rapids Panthers 5-3 in a Mid-State Conference game on Thursday, Jan. 15.

The Lightning lost despite outshooting Park Rapids 39-14. Winning netminder Julia Smith stopped 36 shots.

Northern Lakes, 1-3 in the conference and 5-15 overall, was scheduled to face Brainerd/Little Falls at Brainerd on Tuesday, Jan. 20, and then host Eveleth-Gilbert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Breezy Point Arena.

Park Rapids 3 1 1 - 5

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Northern Lakes 2 1 0 - 3

First period: PR-Lexi Hinckley-Smith (Taylor Sagen) 16:17; PR-Tara Johanning (Jessie O'Hern, Allyson Vaudrin) 7:27; PR-O'Hern (Johanning) 5:47; NL-Sam Gutzman (Hannah Zimmerman) 3:52; NL-Zimmerman (Britta Bittner) 1:21

Second period: NL-Gutzman (Sydney Tietz) 11:53; PR-Josey Umthun (Smith) 2:39

Third period: PR-Smith (Sagen, Tayah Otterness) 1:07

Shots on goal: NL 39, PR 14

Goalies: NL-Madison Galligan (9 saves); PR-Julia Smith (36 saves)

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Hutchinson 5, Lightning 2

On Tuesday, two goals by Mariah Reed 12 seconds apart at the end of the first period gave Northern Lakes a 2-1 lead, but four unanswered goals by Hutchinson in the final period gave the Tigers a win in non-conference play.

Reed found the net on a power play at 16:44 and put in the go-ahead score with four seconds left in the period. Bella Abear and Brittney Knox assisted on both of the goals.

Nine penalties for 29 minutes in the final two periods hampered the offensive efforts for the Lightning, but they were able to kill off 7 of 8 power plays including three 5-on-3 disadvantages.

Goaltender Madison Galligan turned aside 29 shots for the Lightning, who were outshot 34-20.

Hutchinson 1 0 4 - 5

Northern Lakes 2 0 0 - 2

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First period: H-Emma Berthlaume (Baylee Holtz, Addie Roling) 13:21; NL-Mariah Reed (Bella Abear, Brittney Knox) ppg 16:44; NL-Reed (Abear, Knox) 16:56

Third period: H-Roling (Kendall Markovic) 2:35; H-Alexa Seifert (Emma Johnson, Sam Hantge) ppg 4:47; H-Roling (Berthiaume, Jillian Driver) 14:17; H-Alex Hantge (Jordan Guggisberg) 15:50

Shots on goal: NL 20, H 34

Goalies: NL-Madison Galligan (29 saves); H-Ellie Lenarz (18 saves)

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