MONDAY -  JANUARY 26, 2015

KITTSON COUNTY CENTRAL BEARCATS MUSCLE UP A 3-1 VICTORY OVER THE CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS HOCKEY TEAM

The Kittson County Central (KCC) Bearcats football team went to the state football semi-finals this past fall and did it behind defense, only giving up 11 points per game.  They were coming off a 9-1 loss on Saturday at Detroit Lakes, but got back on the ice Monday evening and continued the defensive mastery they had during the football season by blocking at least 20 Crookston shots and the Bearcat goalie, Jackson Soliah, made 32 saves on their way to a big Section 8A victory over the visiting Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey team in Hallock.  "I thought they defended extremely well," said Pirate Coach Joel Gasper, talking about the Bearcats. "They must have blocked 40 shots tonight and we had a hard time getting it to the net against a strong team of young men like them."
The first period was a fast paced back and forth period with Crookston holding play for about 70 percent of the period with several high scoring chances, but Soliah came up with big save after big save to keep the Pirates off the board.  Late in the first period, Crookston was on a power play and coughed up the puck at the blue line and KCC's John Karboviak picked up the puck flew into the Pirate zone and as he was getting ready to shoot he was bumped on the play by a hustling Tanner Geatz.  As Karboviak was bumped he started to spin and the puck slid off his stick and got past the Pirates goaltender for the first goal of the game with 1:15 left in the period. "Give credit to there guy," said Coach Gasper. "He took advantage of our mistake and made a play."  KCC took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Crookston tied the game in the second period when Dane Anderson found Zach Markovich in between the circles and he rifled a wrist shot past Soliah to tie the game at 1-1. "That was a nice goal and big to tie tie up," said Coach Gasper. "Dane has been playing well for us and finds his teammates that was a nice goal."  KCC seemed to pick up the physical play and every time the Pirate first line would touch the puck they would be hit or at least they were bumped on the play.  It seemed to affect the Pirates and over three minutes after the Pirate goal, KCC answered with a beautiful one timer goal to take a 2-1 lead.  KCC's John Kaboviak was behind the Pirate net and found Anders Lindegard, who was sliding on one knee in front of the Pirate net for a one timer and blasted the shot into the back of the net and the Bearcats took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. 
"One thing that I was disappointed in was that we were extremely focused on the officials and that has to stop," said Coach Gasper.  "I thought it hurt us in the first two periods, but we did a better job in the third period of focusing on playing.  I thought the officials did a good job tonight of calling it both ways.  We have to be bigger men and just worry about us."
In the third period both teams had several scoring opportunities and couldn't solve each others goaltender.  KCC finally solved Huglen again with 3:32 remaining in the game when the Pirates turned the puck over, and again KCC took advantage as Billy Thorstenson skated into the Pirate zone along the boards and when he got the circle and put a shot on goal and Huglen made the initial save, but it bounced off his pad off to his right and Alex Strege was following on the play and was in front to slap the puck in the net for a 3-1 KCC lead.  The Pirates pulled their goal with 1:20 remaining and had a couple shots on goal, but Soliah made the saves and the Bearcats get a big section win by a 3-1 score.
"I thought they defended very well and they were blocking our shots and they were blocking a lot of our shots.  They were physical and Doug Larson came back to the box a couple times with his jersey all white because he was getting hit and sliding on the ice," said Coach Gasper. "It stings a little bit right now and I don't know what it will mean in the section standings, but we can erase this with a couple wins the rest of the week."
The Pirates drop to 10-9-1 on the year (5-5 in section play) and will host the defending State Class A Champs, East Grand Forks, on Tuesday and travel the Thief River Falls on Thursday.  Kittson County Central improves to 12-7 on the year and are also 5-5 in Section 8A play.
J.V. - Crookston won 7-2


             Zach Markovich scores on this shot from the top of the circles

  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1
Kittson County Central 1 1 1 3


Harrison Bjorgo tries to stuff a rebound past KCC goalie Jackson Soliah

1st Period
15:45 - KCC - John Karboviak (unassisted) (SH)

2nd Period
5:03 - Crox - Zach Markovich (7) (Dane Anderson)
8:24 - KCC - Anders Lindegard (John Karboviak)

3rd Period
13:28 - KCC - Alex Strege (Billy Thorstenson)


   Michael Tate keeps the puck away from a Bearcat player

Saves 1 2 3 Total
Adam Huglen-Crookston  7   7  8  22
Jackson Soliah-KCC  11  11  10  32


 




SATURDAY - JANUARY 24,  2015

CROOKSTON PIRATE GIRLS BASKETBALL WINS 12TH GAME 55-46 OVER BARNESVILLE

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team held the Barnesville Trojans scoreless for five and a half minutes late in the game and was able to hold on for a 55-46 Section 8AA victory at the Crookston High School Gymnasium.
Barnesville took an early 4-0 lead with a basket by Ali Skogen and two free throws by Peyton Boom.  Crookston responded nicely with a 9-0 run after a three point play by Sydney Boike, a nice pass from Amber Froeber two trips in a row led to Elisa Samuelson lay ups, and a Froeber steal led to another Boike basket and the Pirates led 9-4.  Barnesville chipped away at the deficit to tie the game at 18-18 with 6:47 left in the half.  Crookston used another run, this time a 8-0 run to open another lead after Froeber scored, Samuelson had back to back baskets with the last coming off another nice pass from Frober and then Boike scored and the run was capped with a free throw by Danica Brekken and the Pirates led 26-18 with four minutes remaining in the half.  Crookston built their biggest lead of the half 31-20 with a minute left, but a three pointer Rachel Solum cut the Pirate halftime lead to 31-23. "I was happy with our performance in the first half," said Pirate Coach Lon Boike. "We were clicking and moving the ball well, shooting well and defensively it was a great all around effort."
In the second half, the teams went back and forth for the first seven minutes and Crookston led 40-31.  Barnesville started to play a little more aggressive and picked up their play with some good old fashion physical play and the Trojans went on a 6-0 run with a basket by Boom (a sophomore post), and four points by Nicole Herbranson (a Freshman guard) and Crookston’s lead was 40-37 with 8:50 left in the game.  The Pirates showed tremendous grit and determination at this point as they got after Barnesville on the defensive end and seemed to pick up their intensity on the offensive end.  The intensity and grit was huge over the next five and a half minutes as Barnesville didn’t score in that span and the Pirates scored 11 points for a 51-37 lead.  One of the leaders in the run was 5’4 sophomore guard, Jenna Porter, who had four straight points, a couple rebounds and two steals.  “I don’t mind the physical game and like to chase down rebounds and use my speed,” said Porter during the postgame show on KROX. “Our team gets along and we knew Barnesville was going to play physical because that is what they do, but we were ready for it and played pretty well.”  The Pirates had the 14 point lead with 3:20 left in the game, their biggest of the night and held off the tenacious Trojans the rest of the way for a 55-46 victory.  "I thought we played better in the first half and passed the ball exceptionally well and executed well and only gave up 23 points and were feeling pretty good in the locker room," said Coach Boike. "In the second half it was a little more physical and don't think we played that well, but came up with the big stretch were we didn't let them score.  Things got close at the end and Jenna Porter had a big baseline jump shot and a couple free throws and I was really proud of how well she played down the stretch and she was huge for us."
Crookston improves to 12-3 on the year and will travel to East Grand Forks Sacred Heart on Thursday.  Barnesville drops to 6-9 on the season.
J.V. - Barnesville won 54-32
C Squad - Crookston won 33-20


    Danica Brekken drives by a Trojan defender        Sydney Boike looks to drive by a Barnesville player

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

31  24  55 
Barnesville 23  23 46

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Sydney Boike 20 3  
Elisa Samuelson 12   3 assists

Danica Brekken 

11 3 3 steals
Amber Froeber 6 8 5 steals/4 assists
Jenna Porter 6 3 2 steals

 

For Barnesville

Points

Rachel Solum 12
Nicole Herbranson 12
Ali Skogen 11
Peyton Boom  6
Megan Nielson 3
Kaitlin Meyer 2

 

 

WEILAND GOES 4-0 TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED AND SIX PIRATES PLACE AT THE GRAND RAPIDS TOURNAMENT

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team's Cody Weiland won the championship at 132 pounds and was also named the Tournament's Outstanding Wrestler at the Skip Nalan Tournament in Grand Rapids.  The Pirates had six wrestlers place in the tournament.
Crookston's Cody Weiland won his first three matches by pin in a total of 1:43 to get to the championship match at 132 pounds.  Cody's opponent was David Brenden of Grand Rapids, the sixth ranked wrestler in Class AA at 132 pounds.  Cody started the championship match with a take down in the first 13 seconds for a 2-0 lead.  Cody let Brenden go before getting another take down seven seconds later for a 4-1 lead and then let Brenden go again before getting another take down for a 6-2 lead at the end of the first period.  Cody picked down to start the second period and had a reversal for an 8-2 lead and that was all the scoring in the second.  In the third period, Brenden choose neutral and Cody got a takedown and let Brenden escape before getting another take down and won 12-3.  Cody dominated the match from the start and all three points Brenden scored were from Cody letting him go.  "I was a little surprised by how Cody dominated the championship match, but I shouldn't be because he has been wrestling like this all year long," said Pirate Wrestling Coach Chad Hitchen. "Every point that the kid got was Cody letting him get them and it was an impressive win for Cody.  He came right out and set the tone from the beginning and it was a good match because he went the full six minutes and he was pushed and he will need some more matches like this the rest of the season to get him ready for sections."  Cody improves to 27-0 on the year.
The Pirates had five other wrestlers place in the tournament.  Fourth place finishes for Colton Weiland and Jake Wagner. "Colton had two close losses and could have easily won either of those matches, but hopefully he learns from it and to place fourth it was a good day," said Coach Hitchen. "Jake needed a good tournament for his confidence and he had a great day. He wrestled very well and had a very good tournament."  Jesse Bosquez and Zach Lutz had fifth place finishes. "You always want to finish with a win and that is what Jesse did and hopefully he will gain some confidence and use it to get some more wins the rest of the season," said Coach Hitchen. "Zach had a tough day and just wasn't himself today, but he had a nice win last night so he will bounce back."  Hunter Baranski was the last Pirate to place with a sixth place finish, going 2-2 on the day. "Hunter continues to wrestle well and had a good day today," said Coach Hitchen. "He is getting that confidence and when you can place in a good tournament like this it is a good day."
Crookston will be back in action when they travel to Fertile on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. match against the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons.  KROX will have the match on the radio with a pre-match show at 5:30 p.m.


Coach Hanson, Coach Merten, Cody Weiland with his Outstanding Wrestler award and Coach Hitchen


1.  Grand Rapids-  256
2. Aitkin-  235
3. Rush City/Braham-  109
4. Mahnomen-Waubun-87
5. North Branch-86
6. Deer River-80
7. CROOKSTON-75
8. Virginia-73
9. Ashland (Wi)-33.5
10. Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway-31
11. International Falls-15
12. Proctor-8

  PIRATES Opponent/Result Place
106 lbs Cameron Hulst Lost to Kellen Schauer (GR) by pin :24
Lost to Brady Long by pin 3:36
DNP
113 lbs Hunter Baranski Beat Anthony Hermanson (RCB) by pin 3:20
Lost to Mike Bisek (MW) by pin 2:57
Bye
Beat Luke Nadeau (NB) 9-2
Lost to Tanner Hinzman (Vir) by pin :49
6th
120 lbs OPEN    
126 lbs Lukas Meier Lost to Bryce Haugly (Ait) by pin 1:59
Lost to Caden Spiering (Vir) 4-2
DNP
132 lbs Cody Weiland Beat London Rassmussen (IF) by pin :24
Beat Aaron Robillard (NB) by pin at :47
Beat Dalton Mielke (RCB) by pin :32
Beat #6 in AA - David Brenden (GR) 12-3
1st
138 lbs Colton Weiland Bye
Lost to Dan Nordean (Ait) 7-5
Beat Nick Syverson (MW) by pin at 1:33
Lost to Phillip Murphy (GR) 3-2
4th
145 lbs Damian Hodgson Lost to Jackson Schauer (GR) by pin :32
Lost to Luke Irons (PH) 4-2
DNP
152 lbs Jake Wagner Beat Grayson Devlin (RCB) 6-2
Lost to Jake Nelson (GR) by pin 3:10
Beat Chase Haggert (NB) by pin 1:22
Lost to Grayson Devlin (RCB) by pin 4:30
4th
160 lbs Zach Lutz Lost to Parker Davis (Vir) by pin 2:28
Lost to Austin Nelson (GR) 9-0
5th
170 lbs Jonny Frazee Beat Zach Pocquette (NKG) by pin :53
Lost to Nick Hedtke (IF) by pin 1:18
Beat Charlie Jepson (NB) by pin 1:21
Lost to Kenny Hesse (Ait) by pin 1:40
DNP
182 lbs Mike Kostrewzski Lost to Isaiah Johnson (RCB) by pin 1:28
Lost to Jack Wornis (MW) Injury Default
DNP
195 lbs OPEN    
220 lbs OPEN    
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Lost to Jared Rabbit (DR) by pin 1:59
Lost to Cole Walters (GR) by pin 3:49
Beat Randy Espe (MW) by pin 2:47
5th

 

 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUTED BY #15 RANKED NORTHERN STATE 66-42

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles looked to rebound from a tough loss on Friday night as they took on the #15 Northern State Wolves at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, South Dakota. UMC was unable to overcome a cold start from the field and couldn’t contain the Wolves inside as they fell by a 66-42 final.

With us, we just need to find consistency in this stretch,” Golden Eagle coach Mike Roysland stated. “We would have a good possession, but then come down the next time and struggle. Northern kept us off balance all night long made us play their pace.”

Northern State had their foot on the gas early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. Golden Eagle forward Katrina Moenkedick (Jr, Perham, MN) was able to stop the run with layup and make it a 7-2 game. “That just shows how important the opening minutes of the game are,” Golden Eagle head coach Mike Roysland said. “We missed five or six shots early on and just couldn’t get enough momentum. They showed why they are at the top of the standings.” Northern State would go on another run, this time 8-2, to take a 15-4 lead with 12:11 left. Minutes later, Ashley Martell (Somerset, WI) free throws would cap a 8-2 UMC run and cut the score to 17-12. Much like Friday night, the Golden Eagles struggled to shoot the ball in the first half on Saturday. UMC hit just 25% of their shots in the first 20 minutes (7-of-28) and couldn’t contain Northern State forward Rachel Krogman who had 13 points and six rebounds in the first half alone. The Golden Eagles headed into the break trailing 32-18.  

It was the Golden Eagles coming out firing in the second half, going on a 6-0 run to cut the score to 32-24. The Wolves would respond though, going on an 8-1 run to jump back ahead 40-25. It was the Krogram and Sadie Stotesbery show in the second half for the Wolves as the tandem combined for 26 of Northern’s 34 points in the half.

UMC was led by Alexa Thielman (Jr, Buffalo, MN) who had 14 points, three rebounds and a steal. Moenkedick added eight points and a team-high six rebounds and Emily Gruber (Fr, Monticello,MN) had seven points and three rebounds. Northern State’s Krogman led all scorers with 30 points and had a double-double with 11 rebounds as well. “Her team got her the ball in some good spots,” Roysland said of Krogman, “and she was able to get the shots to go in. We were just a little late in getting to her. That’s a credit to her ability. She had the hot hand tonight.”

The Golden Eagles drop to 8-10 overall and 7-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, and are in a three way tie for third place in the NSIC North. UMC will travel south next weekend for a pair of games against Upper Iowa and Winona State. Northern State improves to 17-3 overall and 11-3 in the NSIC. 

 

 
     Ebony Livingston with a free throw                  Alexa Thielman uses a Megan Taylor pick
 

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

18  24  42
Northern State 32 34 66

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alexa Thielman 14 3 1 Steal
Katrina Moenkedick 8 6 1 Assist
Ebony Livingston 7 3 1 Assist/ 1 Steal
Emily Gruber 7 3 1 Assist/ 1 Steal
Kenzie Church 3
Micaela Noga  2  
Ashley Martell 1 2

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL EDGED BY NORTHERN STATE 58-48

The Northern State Wolves jumped out to an early lead and were able to withstand multiple University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball team rallies en route to a 58-48 win at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

“When you lose a game giving it all you have, I can live with that,” Golden Eagles head coach Dan Weisse said postgame. “If can play like that day in and day out good things will eventually happen. Our guys fought and battled tonight, I’m proud of them.”

The Wolves jumped out early on the Golden Eagles, going on an 11-4 run to start the game, forcing the Golden Eagles to play catch up early. With Northern State leading 15-6, point guard Kevin Larson (Sr, New Ulm, MN) hit one of two free throws to bring UMC to within eight at 15-7 with 11:45 left in the first. UMC was having issues finding the bucket as they hit just 2-of-13 shots out of the gates. The Golden Eagles would finally get a few shots to fall as Larson hit back to back three’s to trim the lead to 19-13 with 4:52 left. The Wolves would respond by going on a 6-0 to push their lead to 25-13. UMC closed the half on a 7-2 run but Northern State held the lead 27-20 at the half.

It was Northern State jumping on Minnesota Crookston in the opening moments of the second half on back to back baskets by Skye Warwick and DJ Pollard to increase the lead to 31-20. A pair of Tyler West, Jr. (Sr, Portland, OR) free throws brought UMC to within seven at 34-27 five minutes into the half. The pace would stay on the slower side but the Wolves were able to get multiple second chances via a 11-7 advantage on the offensive boards. UMC was able to make things interesting late in the half but couldn’t string together enough defensive stops as they fell by a 58-48 final. “If we can compete like this, we will be able to win more ball games,” Weisse said. “I think our players understand that, now they just have to show us in our next game on Friday.”

Tyler West, Jr led the way for UMC with 15 points and seven rebounds. Kevin Larson added 11 points and six boards and Sam Howell (Sr, Seattle, WA) chipped in seven points off the bench. Northern State’s Seth Bachand led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting. “Tyler West showed up tonight,” Weisse said of his senior. “The thing for him now is consistency. When he can produce like that, it will lift the entire team.”

The Golden Eagles drop to 6-12 on the year and 4-10 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. UMC will travel to Upper Iowa and Winona State for a pair of games next weekend. Northern State improves to 17-3 overall and 11-3 in the conference.  

 

 
         Kevin Larson goes in for a lay up              Derrick Redd Jr. looks to pass

 

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

20 28 48
Northern State 27 31 58

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Kevin Larson 11 7 3 Steals
Tyler West 15 7 2 Assists/ 1 Steal 
Sam Howell 7    
Lucas Reller 6    
John Hughes 5    
Derrick Redd 4    2 Steals


 

 

 

FRIDAY - JANUARY 23,  2015

UMC WOMEN FALL SHORT IN BIG GAME AT MSU-MOORHEAD

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles women’s basketball team traveled down Highway 75 to Moorhead for a crucial NSIC North Division matchup with the Dragons and came up short in a 68-63 loss in Moorhead at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. 
The Golden Eagles started the game cold from the floor, hitting just 4-of-18 shots early but managed to play tough defense and trailed 13-11 halfway through the first half. Alexa Thielman (Jr, Buffalo, MN) would give the Golden Eagles a lead at 14-13 that would go up to 22-20. UMC struggled mightily from the field in the first half and it allowed the Dragons to go on a run. MSUM would hit back to back three-pointers as part of a 10-2 run and go into the half with a 30-24 lead. UMC shot just 10-of-33 (30.3%) from the field. The first half featured five lead changes and seven ties as the teams stayed close throughout. “We just weren’t hitting our shots in the first half,” Golden Eagle head coach Mike Roysland stated. “When you start 1-of-13 from the three point line it is tough to win ball games.”  
After the Dragons took an early 37-26 lead to start the second half, the Golden Eagles stormed back with a 15-2 run to bring the score to take a 41-39 lead. An Ashley Martell (Sr, Somerset, WI) three would cap a string where the Golden Eagles hit 8-of-10 shots. The teams would trade baskets in the middle of the half as the game was tied multiple times. A pair of Ebony Livingston (Sr, Minneapolis, MN) free throws following a flagrant foul would give UMC their third lead of the half at 46-44 with 9:55 remaining. The Golden Eagles would face adversity with 8:03 left as Thielman was forced to the bench after picking up her fourth foul. The Dragons would capitalize, going on a run and taking a 56-52 lead with 4:50 to go. The Dragons would stretch their lead to 63-57 after a Meghan Roehrich triple with just over a minute to go. That shot would prove to be the dagger as MSU Moorhead emerged with a 68-63 win. 
The Golden Eagles were led by Micaela Noga’s 15 points to go along with five rebounds. Katrina Moenkedick (Jr, Perham, MN) added 12 points for UMC and Ashley Martell chipped in 13 points off of the bench. “Ashley hit some big shots for us in the second half,” Roysland stated of his senior. “We ran into foul trouble and she had to play big minutes and was able to get open.”
UMC drops to 8-9 on the season and 7-6 in the NSIC and will travel to Aberdeen, South Dakota to take on Northern State on Saturday. “We have to learn from this game and focus on tomorrow.” Roysland said. “We play a very good team in Northern State and we know if we play our game we’ll be in good shape.”  MSU Moorhead’s improves to 9-8 overall and 8-5 in the NSIC and will host Bemidji State on Saturday. 

 
Emily Gruber goes in for a lay up   Katrina Moenkedick with a jump shot

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

24 39 63
MSU-Moorhead 30 38 68

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Micaela Noga  15 5 2 Assists
Ashley Martell 13   2 Assists
Katrina Moenkedick 12 9  
Alexa Thielman 8   2 Assists / 2 Steals
Ebony Livingston 6   3 Assists / 4 Steals
Emily Gruber 5 4
Megan Taylor  2    
Maria Loughlin 2    

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL STRUGGLE AGAINST #8 RANKED MSU-MOORHEAD

The #8 ranked Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Dragons proved to be too much for the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) Men’s Basketball team as the Golden Eagles fell, 69-42, at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead. The game was a homecoming of sorts for Golden Eagles head coach Dan Weisse. Weisse was an assistant coach at MSUM for three seasons prior to taking over at UMC. “Our game plan was to slow the game down and we did that for the most part holding them to just 69 points,” Golden Eagle coach Dan Weisse stated. “I’d just like to see some more of those shots fall. It doesn’t make it easy to try and beat a great team like Moorhead.”

It was the Dragons controlling play early, jumping out to a 10-2 lead and outrebounding the Golden Eagles 10-1 in the game’s opening minutes. The lead would stretch to 19-2 after an Urban Binghame basket with 8:38 left. The Golden Eagles would break their scoreless drought when Sam Howell (Sr, Seattle, WA) converted a tough layup to make it a 19-4. Dragon center Isaac Sevile would score four straight points and MSUM jumped up to a 25-9 advantage. The Golden Eagles would get a Kevin Larson (Sr, New Ulm, MN) 40-foot shot at the buzzer to go and the teams would go into the break with the Dragons on top 36-17.

UMC got some offense going in the second half, thanks in large part to John Hughes (Jr, San Diego, CA). Hughes knocked down a pair of three’s to cut the lead to 47-25 but the Dragon offense would strike right back. A pair of Binghame free throws would stretch the lead to 53-27 and the Dragons would cruise from there en route to a 69-42 victory.

The Golden Eagles were led on the night by Kevin Larson’s eight points on 2-of-4 three-point shooting. John Hughes and Derrick Redd contributed six points apiece and Tyler West, Jr. pulled down a team-high six rebounds. “I thought we had a good week of practice,” Weisse mentioned. “I just didn’t think we executed and made them work enough early on. Congrats to Moorhead, but we just need to get back to the drawing board, back to basics and execute.”

UMC has now lost six games in a row and has a record of 6-11 and 4-9 in the NSIC and will try to break the streak on Saturday night when they take on Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Moorhead improves to 21-1 overall and 11-1 in the NSIC and will host Bemidji State on Saturday. 
 


   Tyler West Jr. with a jump shot               Tim Lubke pulls up for the jump shot

 

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

17 23 40
MSU-Moorhead 36 33 69

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Kevin Larson 8 3 1 steals
Derrick Redd 6    
John Hughes 6    
Sam Howell 5    
Micah Hollowell 5    
Jim Warmack 3 3  
Tim Lubke 3    
Lucas Reller 3    
Tyler West 2 7 2 assists
Austin Dierks 2 3  

 

 

FOSSTON-BAGLEY WINS LAST FIVE MATCHES FOR A 58-24 DUAL WIN OVER THE PIRATE WRESTLERS

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team led 18-16 after six matches, but the Fosston-Bagley Brawlers seven of the last eight matches on their way to a 58-24 victory at the Crookston High School gymnasium.
The Pirates lost to first match by forfeit and trailed 6-0 right away.  Hunter Baranski trailed 7-3 halfway through his match at 113 pounds, but battled back and was able to get a pin with 39 seconds left in the third period to tie the match at 6-6. "Hunter was trailing and got a two point reversal to get within a 7-5 deficit and then got the pin," said Pirate Coach Chad Hitchen. "He has been wrestling well the last two weeks.  He has been coming in to lift weights in the morning over the past month and maybe we are starring to see it pay off already."  Fosston-Bagley won the next two matches, one because the Pirates had to forfeit, but the Weilands came through with two wins by pin.  Cody pinned his opponent in 13 seconds and Colton pinned his opponent in 29 seconds and Crookston led 18-16.  "They had some mismatches and were able to take care of business pretty quick," said Coach Hitchen. "We would of rather had some tougher competition for those two, but that is the way it goes sometimes in duals."  Fosston-Bagley won the next two matches by pin in a combined 1:49, but the Pirates Zach Lutz came up with a big third period pin after trailing 4-1 in his match.  "Zach was down 4-1 when he got the pin," said Coach Hitchen. "What he did was hung around and tired his opponent out and then got the pin and good things happen when you don't give up, got the cradle and then put a half in and ended up getting the pin."  The Lutz pin wasn’t enough as Fosston-Bagley won the last five matches, two by forfeits for the 58-24 victory.  "We had the lead early on and they took it back, then we got it close before they swept the last five matches due to a couple open weights and some better wrestlers and sometimes that happens in matches," said Coach Hitchen. "We just need to concentrate on our own matches and not be so worried about our teammates matches.  We just need to keep getting better and get ready for the Section tournament."


 Zach Lutz close to his third period pin as the referee looks on in the Fosston-Bagley dual

  PIRATES - 24 Fosston-Bagley - 58 Winner Result
106 lbs OPEN Brayden Sorenson FB Forfeit
113 lbs Hunter Baranski Connor Lomen Crox Pin 5:21
120 lbs OPEN Alex Wolfe FB Forfeit
126 lbs Lukas Meier Cole Olson FB 12-2
132 lbs Cody Weiland Tyler Maruska Crox Pin :13
138 lbs Colton Weiland Sam Marx Crox Pin :29
145 lbs Damian Hodgson Lane Olson FB Pin 1:29
152 lbs Jake Wagner Sam Manecke FB Pin :20
160 lbs Zach Lutz Mike Ubert Crox Pin 5:40
170 lbs Jonny Frazee Jake Ubert FB Pin 3:24
182 lbs Mike Kostrewski Zack Larsen FB Pin 1:23
195 lbs OPEN Zack Como FB Forfeit
220 lbs OPEN Alex Olson FB Forfeit
285 lbs Jesse Bosquez Luke Juve FB Pin 1:20


    Hunter Baranski a second away from getting his third period pin as the referee looks closely

 

 

PIRATE GIRLS HOCKEY SHUTOUT IN 1-0 LOSS TO DETROIT LAKES

The Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey only allowed one goal in the game, but couldn't find the back of the net themselves in a 1-0 loss to the Detroit Lakes Lakers on senior night in a game played in the Crookston Sports Center. 
Neither team scored in the first period the two teams combined for seven shots in the period. "There was a lot of play in the neutral zone and there wasn't a lot of chances," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. "Neither team was generating a lot of scoring opportunities, but I liked our scoring opportunities and I thought it was going to be a good battle."
In the second period, Detroit Lakes started to pick up the offensive pressure outshooting Crookston 10-6, but again both teams were scoreless heading into the second intermission.  "They sustained pressure in our end a little too much in the second period," said Coach Perreault. "I think they had more energy than we did, some more chances than we did."
In the third period, both teams had some scoring opportunities and couldn't take advantage and about halfway through the third period the Pirates took a penalty giving the Lakers a power play.  A little over a minute later Detroit Lakes took a shot from inside the point and the puck seemed to go off of Pirate goalies, Lexie Cormican's body and deflected straight up and over Cormican into the goal to give Detroit Lakes a 1-0 lead.  "It was hard to see if the puck was deflected or if it hit Lexie and went up and over, but it was a bit of a fluky goal," said Coach Perreault. "But they put a shot on and had some traffic in front and give them credit."  The Pirates played hard until the end and had a great flurry of activity in the final four to five minutes and had some good scoring chances, but came up empty and Detroit Lakes held on for a 1-0 lead. "Give their goalie credit as she came up with some big saves and stopped us when we had great scoring opportunities," said Coach Perreault. "We didn't have as much traffic in front of the net tonight and need to score some ugly goals.  The girls felt like that was one that got away from us and we need to use it as fuel to get ready for our final game of the regular season when we host East Grand Forks next week."
Crookston drops their third game of the week and fall to 6-15-1 on the season and will host East Grand Forks on Thursday, January 29 in the final regular season game of the year.  Detroit Lakes improves to 15-5-1.
J.V. - Crookston won 5-0.


           Abby Parr and Taylor Zawchenuk were honored on senior night

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Detroit Lakes 0 0 1 1
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0


Tori Demarais looks for a teammate in front of the net for a centering pass

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
8:04 - DL - Ronda Larsen  (Kiley Pederson)  (PP)


   Macy Strem skates away from a Laker defender and skates the puck up ice

Saves 1 2 3 Total
Lexie Cormican-Crookston 4 10 7 21
Veronica Baducek - DL 3 6 6 15

 

 

 

THURSDAY -  JANUARY 22, 2015

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL WINS A HARD FOUGHT GAME OVER THE PONIES IN WARREN

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team had a slow start, not scoring for the first five minutes of the game, but finished the half strong and led by 12 and rolled to a hard fought 54-38 victory over the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (WAO) Ponies in Warren. 
WAO scored the first five points of the game on a Peter Durand basket and a three pointer by Jordan Wurtz and the Ponies were leading 5-0 to start the game.  The Pirates finally scored their first basket of the game with 12:51 left in the half.  "I think the first trip down the floor we had three offensive boards, but couldn't score," said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen.  WAO answered with a basket before Crookston picked up the pace offensively.  Trailing 7-2, Crookston went on an 8-0 run with an Aaron Hollcraft basket and back to back thre pointers by Seth Desrosier and Ryan Porter.   The Ponies stopped the run with a Durand basket inside, before the Pirates scored the next five points with another Porter three pointer and a Jonathan Miller basket for a six point lead.  The Ponies, who played tough, physical defense most of the game got back within a four point deficit at 18-14 with six minutes left in the half.  The Pirates started clicking again, mostly because of some solid defensive pressure that forced the Ponies into some turnovers and in turn they were getting some open looks and good scoring opportunities and Crookston took a 31-19 lead into halftime.  "I thought once we got the ball moving from side to side and started getting some penetration into the lane and would kick it out for a shot and once we started doing that we started making some shots," said Coach Garmen. "We didn't give up an offesnive rebound in the first half and only five turnovers so that was good and I thought we played a pretty good half."
In the second half both teams picked up the defensive pressure and the game got a little more physical.  About seven minutes into the second half Danny Davidson grabbed a rebound and started dribbling up the court and as a Pony player was trying to steal the ball, Danny was hit by an inadvertent elbow and had a big gash above his right eyebrow and had blood gushing out of the cut.  Danny was running up the floor and realized he had blood coming down and the officials didn't see it and Coach Garmen quickly called a time out an Danny was tended to by Doctor Dorman, who was at the game watching his son and he was able to stop the bleeding and eventually Danny was able to come back into the game.  "When I got hit it didn't phase me and it actually didn't hurt, it just caught me in the right spot," said Davidson. "I was just trying to not get any blood on the floor.  Doctor Dorman was working on me and I guess I will need a couple stitches."  After the officials were able to clean up all the blood on the floor the game resumed and shortly after the stoppage the Ponies were able to go on a 6-0 run to get within nine points.  With less than six minutes left the Pirates were leading 42-35 when the went on a 7-0 run with four straight points by Porter, a Hollcraft basket and a free throw by Davidson and the Pirates led 49-35 with 4:39 left in the game.  The Pirates scored the final four points of the game for a 54-38 hard fought victory. "We got the win and that is all that matters and that is exactly what we just told the kids.  Early in the year we had some wins with a pretty wide margin at the end and we sort of come to expect that every game from the kids and it hasn't been that way the past couple of games," said Coach Garmen. "I thought we shot free throws pretty well, we played all man to man defense tonight to see what that looked like, we dropped into a zone a few times, but we played primarily man the entire game. We got after it and battled on the boards and I told the kids that they shouldn't be frustrated and they goal is to go out and win and if it is ugly or pretty, just go win.  I told the kids before the game that we have always struggled up here and today was no different and that they were going to have to work hard and get a win and they did."
Crookston improves to 16-1 on the year and will have a huge four game stretch over the next two weeks when they play Dilworth-Glyndon-Feltong, a battle of the top two teams in the Section next Saturday when they host Hawley and then the following weekend they travel to Crosby-Ironton and Pequot Lakes, two of the top teams in the North subsection.   Warren-Alvarado-Oslo falls to 8-8 on the year and will host the Northern Freeze on Tuesday. 

 
Jonathan Miller with a jump shot       Seth Desrosier drives by a Pony defender

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

31 22 53

Warren-Alvarado-Oslo

19 19 38

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Aaron Hollcraft

15 8 3 assists/4 steals
Ryan Porter 13 4 2 Steals
Seth Desrosier 11 3 2 assists/2 steals 
Patrick Deng 5    
Jonathan Miller 4 4  
Matt Garmen 4 5  
Danny Davidson 1 5  

 

For W-A-O

Points

Jordan Wurtz 13
Peter Durand 8
Noelio Garcia 7
Brice Miller 5
Jake Steer 2
Cameron DuBore 1





CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL SCORE 49 POINTS IN THE FIRST HALF AND ROLL OVER BAGLEY 73-35


The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team scored 22 points in the first five minutes and never looked back on their way to a 73-35 Section 8AA victory over the visiting Bagley Flyers on Pirate Sister night, in a game played at the Crookston High School gymnasium.
Crookston used steals by Danica Brekken and Elisa Samuelson to get some easy baskets early on the Pirates were able to put 22 points on the board a handful of minutes into the game and cruised to a 49-17 lead at halftime. "Danica and Elisa were able to get some steals early and get us going," said Pirate Coach Lon Boike. "We got after them and was able to get a lot of girls in and rotate them in throughout the game.  I was very happy with how the girls played in the first half and our press was very good and we were able to get convert their turnovers into easy points."
In the second half, everybody played and the bench players got extended minutes while nine Pirates scored in the game on the way to the 73-35 victory. "It was good to get everybody in again and get tem extended minutes again," said Coach Boike. "It was nice to have the girls come out with some intensity right away and play well.  We have three games this week so it was good to get a lot of people into the game and get ready for the Barnesville game on Saturday.  We anticipate they will be ready to play and want to beat us after we beat them at their place in overtime earlier this year."
Crookston improves to 11-3 on the year and will host Barnesville on Saturday night.  Bagley drops to 2-13.
J.V - Crookston won 45-30

 
          Karlee Meyer looks to pass          Alyssa Fee brings the ball up the floor
                        (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

Bagley

17 18 35

CROOKSTON

49 24 73


Danica Brekken, Sydney Boike and Elisa Samuelson cheer on their teammates 
    (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Danica Brekken 

21   7 steals/5 assists
Elisa Samuelson 18   3 assists/3 steals
Sydney Boike 14 11 6 assists/3 steals
Amber Froeber 6   5 steals/2 blocks
Karlee Meyer 5    
Brooke Bergeron 4 7 4 steals
Britta Fagerlund 3    
Jenna Porter 1    
Precious Adams 1    

 

For Bagley

Points

Sierrah Kaiser 12
Valerie St. Clair 6
Elizabeth Hargreaves 5
Camille Merschman 4
Hayley George 3
Sara Holm 2
Riley Thoma 2


             The Pirate Sisters enjoyed the night of fun and even made a tunnel for the starters to run out of during the starting line ups


 

CROOKSTON'S DANE ANDERSON RECORDS FIRST FOUR GOAL GAME TO LEAD PIRATES TO 9-3 WIN OVER PARK RAPIDS

The Crookston Pirates got four goals from Dane Anderson and five other Pirates scored in a 9-3 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids Panthers in a game played at the Crookston Sports Center. “I’m proud of our effort tonight through a full three periods,” Crookston head coach Joel Gasper said. “This is one of the most complete games I’ve seen the Pirates play since I’ve been coaching here. It was good to see us play all the way through.”
The opening minutes of the game were a bit sloppy as the teams combined for just three shots total in the first five minutes, but the Pirates picked up the pressure minutes later and finally solved Panther goalie Ben Naugle when Chandler St. Michel took the puck and found Harrison Bjorgo cutting to the net who buried it for his fourth goal of the season to give the Pirates a 1-0. The lead would stretch to 2-0 minutes later after Dane Anderson put a loose puck home on the power play for the Pirates, his sixth goal of the year. After Park Rapids scored to make it 2-1, Zach Markovich would put the lead back to two goals with his sixth goal of the year for Crookston. The Pirates outshot the Panthers 18-6 in the first 17 minutes.
Bobby Tiedemann started off the second period scoring with his 14th of the year then would pick up an assist on a Cody Wardner goal just 46 seconds later to make it 5-2 Pirates. After a Park Rapids power play goal, Pirate sniper Doug Larson would respond with his 20th and 21st goals of the season to give the home team a 7-2 advantage heading into the second intermission. Crookston chased Panther starting goalie Ben Naugle from the game, as he made 22 saves on 29 Pirate shots before getting yanked. “Any hockey player will tell you the greatest feeling in the world is scoring a goal,” coach Gasper said regarding his offense. “I think it’s something that just adds confidence. I think the boys smelt the blood and got hungrier as the night went along.”
It was déjà vu in the third period as the Pirates struck first. Just over two minutes in, Dane Anderson would get his second goal of the game, seventh of the season, on the power play to make it 8-2. Anderson would complete the hat trick at the 13:24 mark with his eighth goal of the season. Park Rapids would add a late goal and the game would go final, 9-3. “It’s nice to see guys like Dane cash in and get some goals too,” Gasper said of his sophomore forward. “He’s at the rink working hard every day and it’s nice to see him on the score sheet.”
The Pirates got scoring from many different areas as nine different players registered a point. Dane Anderson netted his first hat trick of the season and Adam Huglen was stout in between the pipes for Crookston, turning aside 20 Panther shots.
The Pirates improve to 10-8-1 on the year, 5-8 in the section and have won four of their past five games, scoring 28 goals in those five games. “It’s good to see us playing well,” said coach Gasper. “That’s three wins in a row now.” The Pirates travel to Hallock on Monday to take on the Kittson County Central Bearcats in another Section 8A match-up.  Park Rapids falls to 8-11 on the season and 3-8 in the section.



                      Bobby Tiedemann skates between two Panther players

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Park Rapids 1 1 1 3
CROOKSTON 3 4 2 9


                   Adam Huglen makes one of his 20 saves in the game

1st Period
9:54 - Crox - Harrison Bjorgo (4) (Chandler St. Michel)
12:22 - Crox - Dane Anderson  (6) (Tanner Geatz)  (PP)
13:45 - PR - Connor Kennedy (unassisted)
15:37 - Crox - Zach Markovich (6) (Dane Anderson)

2nd Period
5:16 - Crox - Doug Larson (20) (Bobby Tiedemann)
6:02 - Crox - Cody Wardner (3) (Bobby Tiedemann, Chandler St. Michel)
12:06 - PR - Chase Brand (Micah Barrett) (PP)
12:22 - Crox - Doug Larson (21) (Bobby Tiedemann, Parker Nicholls)
13:01 - Crox - Dane Anderson (7)  (Doug Larson)

3rd Period
2:05-Crox- Dane Anderson (8) (Tanner Geatz) (PP)
13:24-Crox- Dane Anderson (9) unassisted
14:09-PR- Connor Kennedy unassisted

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Ben Naugle-Park Rapids 15 7 X 22
Austin Jerger-Park Rapids X 0 4 4
Adam Huglen-Crookston 5 8 7 20


 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY FALLS SHORT IN BEMIDJI IN LAST ROAD GAME OF THE REGULAR SEASON

The Crookston Pirate Girls Hockey team was tied at 1-1 at the end of the first period, but the Bemidji Lumberjacks were able to score a goal apiece in the final two periods for a 3-1 victory in Bemidji. 
The Lumberjacks scored six minutes into the game to take an early 1-0 lead.  Crookston answered just over five minutes later when Abby Parr scored on a shot that snuck pas the Lumberjack goalies glove to tie the game at 1-1, which was the score going into intermission. "I was really happy with our play in the first period," said Pirate Coach Jeff Perreault. "We were fairly even on the scoring chances and played a pretty good period."
In the second period Bemidji was able to get some more scoring chances, but only scored one goal for a 2-1 lead going into the second intermission. "They have a couple girls that can really shoot the puck and the goal in the second period wasn't that Lexie (Cormican) didn't make the save it was a really nice shot by the Bemidji player," said Coach Perreault. "We were in good position still.  I was a little concerned because we didn't generate a lot of offense in the period."
In the third period, Bemidji added an insurance goal to take a 3-1 lead and was able to hold off the Pirates to pick up the 3-1 victory. "I thought we should have had a few more power plays, we will just leave it at that.  We were moving the puck well and the Bemidji goalie is a very good goaltender and made some very nice saves and was able to close the door on our good chances," said Coach Perreault. "Bemidji had the puck in our end more than we would like to have it in the third period.  Lexie made some really nice stops for us tonight and it was one of those games where we were hoping to take advantage of a scoring opportunity, but the Lumberjacks had a very nice goalie and are a solid team.  it was a competitive road game, but we didn't have enough offense to win the game.
Crookston drops to 6-14-1 on the year and will host Detroit Lakes Friday night.  Bemidji improves to 7-13-2 on the year.
J.V. - Bemidji won 3-0

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 1
Bemidji 1 1 1 3

1st Period
6:11 - Bemidji - Rachel Holm (Paige De La Hunt, Madison Schultz)
11:19 - Crookston - Abby Parr  (5)  unassisted

2nd Period
14:49 - Bemidji - Jaci Lalli (Heather Olson)

3rd Period
2:50 - Bemidji - Heather Olson (unassisted)

Saves 1 2 3 Total
Lexie Cormican-Crookston 8 13 7 28
Leighton Rockensock - Bemidji 9 3 6 18


 




TUESDAY - JANUARY 20,  2015

PIRATE GIRLS BASKETBALL BEATS BGMR IN MILESTONE NIGHT FOR THE BOIKE FAMILY


The Pirate Girls Basketball team with Coach Boike after his 100th Pirate victory (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team hadn't been shooting the three pointers very well lately and Coach Lon Boike said before the game that he hopes they can start hitting some three pointers.  They girls did more than make a few, they made nine three pointers and built up a big lead at halftime and cruised the rest of the way while getting everybody in the game on their way to a 69-45 Section 8AA victory over the Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators at the Crookston High School gymnasium. The win was coach Lon Boike's 100th career victory as the Pirate Head Girls Basketball Coach.  "It isn't me, it is all the girls that have gone through the program and my thanks to all of them, this is all their honor too." said Coach Boike. 
Crookston couldn't have started the game any better with a three pointer by Sydney Boike, which tied Sydney Epema for the top spot for three pointers made in career with 172.  Crookston used Boike's three pointer as a spark because Anna Miller and Elisa Samuelson followed with baskets to give the Pirates a 7-0 lead two minutes into the game.  After a BGMR basket, Crookston responded with another 7-0 run with baskets by Boike, Samuelson, and a three pointer by Danica Brekken for a 14-2 lead.  BGMR scored another basket, only to have Crookston respond with a 10-0 run.  The run started with a three pointer by Boike to give her the Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball Career Made Three Pointer top spot with 173.  "I tried to mold my game around players (like Sydney (Epeman) and others from that team because they were so fun to watch," said Sydney Boike. "It is nice to get the milestone and have all that hard work pay off.  I am proud of my dad getting 100 wins because of all the work he has put into the program and happy for him." The Pirates kept rolling and another three pointer by Brekken and back to back baskets by Samuelson and the Pirates were operating like a fine tuned machine and led 24-4 with 11:39 left in the first half.  Crookston was leading 28-8 when they went on another run, this time a 12-0 run that was sparked by another three pointer by Brekken and the Pirates led 37-8.  Crookston kept rolling and led 44-16 at halftime. "We have been talking about getting out to a good start and hit some three pointers early and it was great to see us do that tonight.  It has been a while since we have come out like that," said Coach Boike. "We were able to switch some things on defense and the girls adjusted well and executed well.  I was really happy with our defense and only giving up 16 at halftime which was great."
In the second half BGMR scored the first basket of the second half, before Boike and Brekken connected on back-to-back three pointers for a 50-18 lead.  Crookston was able to go to the bench with five new players checking in with about 13 minutes left in the game.  They played for a while before the starters came back in for four or five minutes and the final six minutes of the game both teams were able to get everybody in the game and Crookston coasted to the 69-45 victory.  It was a special night for the Boike family with Coach Lon Boike picking up his 100th career win and daughter Sydney Boike becoming the Pirate Girls Basketball all time career three pointers made leader.  "On Sunday Sydney came in and shot a couple hundred shots on the shooting machine and yesterday on the day off she shot 450 more shots on the machine to try to get her shot back," said Pirate Coach Lon Boike. "I am happy for Sydney, she has put in a lot of time and work on her game and she is humbled by the accomplishment."
Crookston improves to 10-3 on the season and is halfway through the regular season and will host Bagley on Thursday.  BGMR drops to 8-5 on the year.
J.V. - Crookston won 40-31
C Squad - Crookston won 47-16


 Brita Fagerlund goes up for a shot  Danica Brekken with a layup
                               (Pictures by Leah Dufault)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

BGMR

16 29 45

CROOKSTON

44 25 69

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Sydney Boike 20 7 2 blocks 

Danica Brekken

17 6 4 Steals/4 Assists
Elisa Samuelson 13   3 Steals 
Amber Froeber 9   3 Steals/2 Assists
Alyssa Fee 4    
Percious Adams 3 7  
Anna Miller  2    
Brita Fagerlund  1    

 

For BGMR

Points

Carly Mekash  12
Megan Larson 10
Emily Anderson 7
Shania Strand 5
Amy Suir 4
Brerina Dallager 3
Maraiah Modahl 2
Molly Janicke 2


 

 

PIRATE BOYS HOCKEY WINS A THRILLER 20 SECONDS INTO OVERTIME ON A CHANDLER ST. MICHEL GOAL

The Crookston Pirates Boys Hockey top line of Doug Larson, Bobby Tiedemann and Chandler St. Michel combined for 10 points as Crookston came back from a 3-1 deficit to win in overtime, 6-5 over the Grafton-Park River Spoilers at the Crookston Sports Center.  “Those guys felt it tonight,” Crookston head coach Joel Gasper said of his top line. “They rose to the occasion and we’re very pleased with the goals they are scoring.”

Crookston would get on the board first as Doug Larson found Parker Nicholls at the right point and he fired a laser to the top corner to beat the Spoiler goalie and make it 1-0. The Spoilers would respond with two goals of their own in the last six minutes of the period to take a 2-1 lead heading at the first intermission. “We were not very good defensively tonight,” said Coach Gasper. “We were doing a lot of puck watching, giving up opportunities and thinking too much. Thankfully we were able to be optimistic and get some big time goals.”  

Things didn’t look bright for the Pirates to start the second period when the Spoilers’ Wyatt Wardner scored 50 seconds in, to give his team a 3-1 lead. Crookston would respond in a major way courtesy of their big guns. Larson would knife through the defense and fire a backhander past Grafton-Park River goalie Ean Peterson to cut the lead to 3-2. Just two minutes later the Pirates had a power play and Bobby Tiedemann would make it count. The junior lit the lamp for his 13th goal of the year to tie it at 3-3. “We’ve been trying to focus on special teams daily,” said Coach Gasper. “It’s nice to see us have some success there and do things the right there.” The Spoilers retook the lead three minutes later as Nick Lindgren got to a rebound and made it 4-3. With just 1:35 left in the period, Larson would notch his second of the game, 16th of the season, for the Pirates to tie it at 4-4.  

It would be the Spoilers striking first in the third period as Will Zimmerman found some space between the circles and beat Huglen to make it 5-4 just under three minutes into the period. Beautiful passing would lead to the Pirates tying the score at 5-5 when Chandler St. Michel carried the puck into the zone, gave it to Larson who sent it to Tiedemann who then got it back to St. Michel and he buried it for his 10th goal of the year and neither team would score the rest of regulation to force overtime.

The teams would head to overtime and the Pirates didn't waste any time as St. Michel took a Larson pass, put a shot on that Peterson saved, but St. Michel got his own rebound and put home the game winner 20 seconds into overtime! “We didn’t play our best hockey tonight, but we found a way to win,” said Coach Gasper. “We have some special players on this team who can score big time goals and find a way to come out on top.”

Larson led the Pirates with two goals and and three assists, St. Michel had two goals and Bobby Tiedemann notched two assists to go along with his goal and Adam Huglen had 18 saves in between the pipes.

The Pirates improve to 9-8-1 on the season and will host Park Rapids on Thursday.  The Spoilers drop to 5-8-2.
J.V. - Grafton won 4-1
 


The Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey team celebrates the OT victory

 

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
CROOKSTON 1 3 1 1 6
Grafton 2 2 1 0 5


     Cody Wardner with a big blast from the point

1st Period
3:58 - Crookston- Parker Nicholls (2) (Doug Larson, Zach Markovich)
10:18-GPR- Landon Einerson (Jess Suda, Levi Cudmore)
16:26-GPR- Jess Suda (Cody Kingsbury) (PP)

2nd Period
:50-GPR- Wyatt Wardner (Levi Cudmore)
2:59-Crox- Doug Larson (15) (Bobby Tiedemann)
5:10-Crox- Bobby Tiedemann (13) (Doug Larson) (PP)
8:46-GPR- Nick Lindgren (Ryan Lessard, Cody Kingsbury)
16:25-Crox- Doug Larson (16) (unassisted) (SH)

3rd Period

2:47 - GPR- Will Zimmerman (Jess Suda)
6:22 - Crox- Chandler St. Michel (10) (Bobby Tiedemann, Doug Larson)

Overtime
:20 - Crox- Chandler St. Michel (11) (Doug Larson)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
Adam Huglen-Crookston 7 7 4 0 18
Ethan Peterson-Grafton 8 4 7 0 19


 

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