Kennedy opened the scoring on an assist by Brand at the 6:19 mark of the first period before Kennedy and Brand set up Kiefer Miller for a power-play goal at the 15:25 mark for a 2-0 lead. Park Rapids held a 15-5 advantage in shots in that period.
Brand and Kennedy set up Matt DeLaHunt at the 12:51 mark of the second period before Kennedy assisted on a goal by Brand at the 16:14 mark as the Panthers led 4-0. Park Rapids held a 19-4 edge in shots in that period.
The Panthers dominated the third period by outshooting Prairie Centre 19-2. Brand and Kennedy assisted on a power-play goal by Miller at the 8:47 mark before Craig Walters scored at the 12:31 mark to conclude the scoring. Goalie Ben Naugle made 11 saves for the shutout as the Panthers evened their record at 1-1. Park Rapids went 3 for 7 on the power play.
Prairie Centre fell to 0-3 on the season despite 47 saves by goalie Mitch Bauer.
Park Rapids 2 2 2…6
Prairie Centre 0 0 0…0
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Kennedy (Brand), 6:19. 2, Park Rapids, Miller (Kennedy, Brand), 15:25. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Prairie Centre 2.
SECOND PERIOD: 3, Park Rapids, DeLaHunt (Brand, Kennedy), 12:51. 4, Park Rapids, Brand (Kennedy), 16:14. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Prairie Centre 3.
THIRD PERIOD: 5, Park Rapids, Miller (Brand, Kennedy), 8:47. 6, Park Rapids, Walters, 12:31. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Prairie Centre 3.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Naugle) 5-4-2-11. Prairie Centre (Bauer) 13-17-17-47.
The Panthers were in position to win their second hockey game Saturday against visiting St. Paul Johnson as Park Rapids Area outplayed their guests in the first two periods and held a slim 1-0 lead.
That all changed in the third as the Governors scored twice in the final five minutes to beat the Panthers 2-1.
The only goal Park Rapids scored came in the second period as Connor Kennedy scored on the power play, despite out- shooting Johnson 23-19 and only going 1-7 on the power play.
Benny Lyons tied the game with five minutes left in the game and Justin Howell scored the game-winner with 25 seconds left.
Ben Naugle finished the game with 17 saves.
Panthers win first game
Ben Naugle recorded his first varsity shut-out, Kiefer Miller scored twice on the power play, Chase Brand had a goal and four assists and Connor Kennedy assisted on four goals Dec. 2 in the Panthers’ 6-0 win over host Prairie Centre.
Naugle stopped all 11 shots he faced as Park Rapids out-shot the North Stars 47-11.
The win evens the Panthers’ record at 1-1 with three games on the schedule this week.
Connor Kennedy started the scoring 6:19 into the game on a pass from Brand. Kennedy, then set up Miller late in the period for a 2-0 lead after one.
Matt DeLaHunt and Brand both scored on passes by Kennedy in the second, and Miller and Craig Walters each scored in the third.
Green Wave hand Panthers 4-1 loss in season-opener
Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:00 am
Green Wave hand Panthers 4-1 loss in season-opener by Dean Morrill Editor email@example.com The Pilot Independent
Senior Connor Kennedy scored an unassisted goal early in the second period to tie visiting East Grand Forks Thursday night, but that was only time Park Rapids-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley put the hockey puck in the net as the Green Wave won 4-1.
Kennedy’s goal came just 3:11 into the second period, but East Grand Forks scored less than two minutes later as Dixon Bowen scored for the second time. About five minutes after that they scored again, and the final goal came short-handed five minutes into the third period.
Shots on goal favored the visitors by nearly a three-to-one advantage at 38-13.
Ben Naugle finished the game with 34 saves.