The Panthers lost both games last week and fell to 2-11 on the season as they were walloped 9-2 by Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night and fell 7-1 at Kittson Central Saturday afternoon.
Losers of six straight, Park Rapids-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley will try to rebound this week as they have three games are on the schedule, including road games at Thief River Falls and Crookston, and home against Red Lake Falls Saturday afternoon. Next week the Panthers host Bagley at the Walker Area Community Center and play at Pequot Lakes.
In Saturday’s loss, the Panthers gave up two power plays goals and one short-handed. Their only goal came from Alec Nordin, who tied the game in the first period. The Bearcats responded by scoring twice more in the period and four more times in the second.
Brendan Kruchowski had 23 saves, while Wyatt Olsonawski stopped 19 to get the win.
Panthers fall at home
Two power play goals in the first three minutes was the momentum visiting Wadena-Deer Creek needed, and they added two more goals in the period on their way to an easy 9-2 win.
Both goals came off a 10-minute checking from behind misconduct penalty that was committed just 13 seconds into the game.
As quickly as the Wolverines, it appeared the Panthers got back into the game as Josh Kuhlman scored at the 5:20 mark, cutting the lead in half. But the Wolverines, who had a 20-5 shot advantage in the first period alone, scored two minutes later and added another six minutes after that.
With the momentum clearly on their side, the Wolverines scored four times in the second. The first came on the power play and the next two were short-handed.
The Panthers’ second goal was scored by Carter Opheim on a pass from Nolan Pederson.
Logan Arndt finished with 32 saves, while Josh Dykhoff got the win by stopping 13 shots.