TUESDAY -  JANUARY 17, 2017

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY STRUGGLES ON THE POWER PLAY IN LOSS TO PARK RAPIDS

With the season winding down, every game becomes more and more critical for the Crookston Pirates Girls Hockey team as they jostle for position in the Section 8A standings. The Pirates welcomed the Park Rapids Panthers to town on Tuesday night. Park Rapids, who was just ahead of the Pirates in the section coming into the game, came in looking for revenge from a 4-2 loss to the Pirates earlier in the year. The game proved to be a good one but it was Park Rapids using a three goal third period to pull away and escape Crookston with a 5-2 win.
“We certainly didn’t give up in this game,” said Pirates Head Coach Jaclyn Martin. “The girls played hard, they played together and we certainly had plenty of opportunities. We just couldn’t convert on special teams and ran into a hot goaltender.”
The early portions of the game featured a lot of whistles as both teams were content with chipping the puck deep and having quick line changes. Park Rapids’ offense was aggressive in the first minute as they put four shots on the Crookston net in the first 46 seconds of the game. Hard work for the Pirates led to their first goal as Catherine Tiedemann blocked a shot at the blue line then gave it to Maddie Nicholls who flew into the zone on a breakaway. Nicholls used nifty stickhandling and sniped a wrist shot into the top corner for her 12th goal of the season to make it 1-0 Pirates. The lead didn’t last long as the Panthers’ top line of Alexa Kennedy, Paige Myhre and Taylor Sagen finally solved Pirate goaltender Brelee Jobe. Sagen and Myhre scored 26 seconds apart late in the period to turn a deficit into a 2-1 Panther lead. The teams went into the first intermission with Park Rapids leading by that score.
The goalies stole the show early in the second frame as the pace was back and forth but neither team was able to light the lamp. That changed at the 14:22 mark when Maddie Nicholls won a puck battle for the Pirates, fed it to Macy Strem behind the net and then Strem put a perfect pass onto the tape of Ali Hutter who buried it to tie the game. The goal was Hutter’s 7th of the season. “That goal was a great example of what we were doing better offensively tonight,” said Martin. “We really tried to use the space on the ice more and get a couple passes and turn it into a shot. Macy had a nice feed and Ali buried it.” Crookston started to gain momentum towards the end of the period as they kept their feet moving on the rush and it led to Park Rapids committing four penalties in a five minute span. The Pirate offense ramped up in the period as they put 19 shots on goal! After two periods, the score was knotted up at 2-2.
Crookston had a grand opportunity to take the lead coming onto the ice as they had almost two minutes of 5-on-3 power play time because of the Park Rapids penalties at the end of the second period. Give credit to the Panthers as they did a phenomenal job disrupting passing lanes and were able to halt the momentum and kill off the penalties. “It’s tough when we have that many opportunities on the power play and can’t put one in,” said Martin. “We’ve been doing a better job on the power play as of late but it hurts not being able to score on the power play when we really needed it.” Park Rapids then took the momentum back as they got a power play of their own and converted quickly. Lexi Hinckley Smith put a shot on from the left point that hit a stick in front and found the back of the net to put the Panthers on top 3-2. Less than two minutes later, Park Rapids struck again as Alexa Kennedy scored her 14th goal of the season to make it 4-2 and further deflate the sails of the Pirates. The Panthers added an empty netter and held on for the crucial 5-2 victory.
Both goalies had stellar games as Julia Smith turned aside 40 Crookston shots and Brelee Jobe stopped 29 Park Rapids shots.
Crookston drops to 3-16-1 overall and 1-5-0 in Section 8A while Park Rapids maintains hold of the fourth spot with a 8-9-1 record and a 2-4-1 record in the section. The Pirates will return to action on Saturday when they host Jamestown. The puck drops at the Crookston Sports Center at 1:30 p.m.


Ali Hutter and Kylee Meier just miss a rebound opportunity             

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Park Rapids 2 0 3 5
CROOKSTON 1 1 0 2


Macy Strem blasts a shot from between the circles

1st Period
10:54 - Crox - Maddie Nicholls (12)(Catherine Tiedemann)
14:26 - PR - Alexa Kennedy (Paige Myhre, Taylor Sagen)
14:52 - PR - Paige Myhre (Taylor Sagen, Alexa Kennedy)

2nd Period
14:22 - Crox - Ali Hutter (7)(Macy Strem, Maddie Nicholls)

3rd Period
9:55 - PR - Lexi Hinckley Smith (Alexa Kenneddy, Taylor Sagen)(pp)
11:09- PR - Alexa Kennedy (Paige Myhre, Taylor Sagen)
14:36 - PR - Taylor Pingrey (unassisted) 


Catherine Tiedemann moves the puck

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Julia Smith - Park Rapids 8 18 14 40
Brelee Jobe- Crookston 11 12 6 29

 

 


 

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL OUT-MUSCLED BY BEMIDJI

The Bemidji Lumberjacks used their strength and quickness to hammer the offensive boards and ran away with the game in the second half for a 75-38 victory over the Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team in a game played in Bemidji.
Bemidji started the game on a 7-0 run with points from four different players.  Crookston answered with a run of their own that was sparked by back to back Luke Froeber baskets to get within three points. “It wasn’t a good start, that is for sure,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “They were aggressive and hurt us on the glass.” Bemidji responded with a three pointer, a steal and a free throw to build the lead back to seven points at 11-4.  On the next trip down the floor, Crookston missed a shot and Matt Garmen leaped in the air and tapped the rebound out to Chris Wavra who made a three pointer and the Pirates trailed 11-7.  Bemidji continued to hit the offensive glass and turned several Pirate turnovers into a 36-23 halftime lead.  “We didn’t board very well and had to many turnovers and didn’t take care of the ball,” said Pirate Coach Greg Garmen. “We handled their pressure well and seemed to turn over the ball in the front court and had some bad turnovers, much like at East Grand Forks.”
Crookston had a great start to the second half with a basket in the paint by Luke Froeber and a Nick Garmen three pointer and the Pirates cut the deficit to eight points (36-28) two minutes into the half.  “To cut it to eight points right away in the second half was good and I thought we were going to get things going,” said Coach Garmen. “We couldn’t keep it going.”  Bemidji controlled play the rest of the way and both teams went deep to the bench in the final six minutes and Bemidji cruised to a 75-38 victory.  “They have big strong kids and we didn’t match up very well.  They guard you close and make it tough to get a shot off,” said Coach Garmen. “It was a little disappointing, I thought we would perform better.  It is a typical Bemidji team, big, strong and quick.”
Crookston drops to 6-6 on the year and will travel to Warren-Alvarado-Oslo on Thursday.  Bemidji improves to 9-2 on the season.
J.V. – Bemidji won 78-37     C Squad – Bemidji won 69-27


Chris Wavra with a runner in the lane   Mitchell Olson looks to pass

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

23 15 38

Bemidji

36 39 75


Carter Winand drives by a Bemidji Lumberjack in the first half

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Luke Froeber

13 4  
Chris Wavra 9 3 2 assists
Todd Boerger 6 7 2 assists
Nick Garmen 4 5  
Matt Garmen 2 4 2 steals/2 assists
Ryan Swenson 2   2 steals
Carter Winand 2 6  

 

For Bemidji

Points

Linaes Whiting 15
Caleb Carlson 13
Nate Snell 12
Caden Rolfes 10
Jeremy Beberg 7
Adam Hogquist 5
Ryan Bieberdorf 5
Jace Peterson 2
Cole Milz 2
Spencer Konecne 2
Dominic Needham 2

 

 


 

CROOKSTON WRESTLERS START STRONG BUT FALL TO PARK RAPIDS IN A DUAL

The Crookston Pirate Wrestlers knew they’d have a tough task on Tuesday night as they welcomed the Park Rapids Panthers to the Crookston High School Gymnasium. The Pirates put up a fight, hanging with the Panthers early, but PR used their depth down the stretch and won five of the last six matches to win the dual, 51-27.
The Pirates got off to a hot start with Zach Brown winning by a pin at 106 pounds then Cameron Weiland pinning Park Rapids at 120 pounds as he helped give his team an early lead in the dual. “Zach had a nice takedown right away and worked a couple of different turns and really started us out on a nice note,” said Crookston Head Coach Wes Hanson. “That’s huge for us to get out to quick starts. Especially because Ashton Clark of Park Rapids is the top wrestler in the state at 113 so for us to get two wins early around his win got us off to a good start. The guys had some confidence right off the bat which is good to have in the home gym.”
Park Rapids responded to the early deficit well as they took the lead back with three straight wins at 126 pounds, 132 pounds and 138 pounds before the Pirates stopped the bleeding and got pins from Lukas Meier and Preston Desrosier in back to back matches. “We were really excited to see Lukas Meier improve his offense tonight and put up points to get the pin,” said Hanson. “It’s important to build up a lead in the match and when you do that it tends to lead to a pin by winning that mental battle.” After the Desrosier win, it was all Panthers as they won five of the next six matches. The last win for Crookston came from Jake Wagner, who continues his solid season as he won by 5-4 decision over Zach Hocking at 195 pounds. “That was just a great match from Jake,” said Hanson. “He’s really coming along and it was impressive to see him win a close match and I’m proud of him and his effort.”
The Pirates will continue their season on Thursday with a trip to Fertile and a dual against the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons. “We’re definitely seeing some improvement from the start of the season until now,” stated Coach Hanson. “Even in these duals, we’re finding a way to win a good number of matches against good teams. As we move forward, the hope is to be able to come out of these close duals in the win column.”

 

PIRATES-27

Park Rapids-51

Winner

Results

106 lbs

Zach Brown

Derek Greenfeather

  Crox

Pin 1:29

113 lbs

Nolan Dans Ashton Clark

  PR

Pin :39

120 lbs

Cameron Weiland John Hoefs

  Crox

Pin 2:59

126 lbs

OPEN Kaden Safratowich

  PR

Forfeit

132 lbs

Cameron Hulst Landon Burlingame

  PR

Pin 1:19

138 lbs

Colton Weiland Noland Booge

  PR

Pin 5:22

145 lbs

Lukas Meier Kaleb Vang

  Crox

Pin 3:53
152 lbs Preston Desrosier Eli Bessman

  Crox

Pin 2:46

160 lbs

Damian Hodgson Jared Sunram

  PR

7-3

170 lbs

Luis Argueta Justin Dravis

  PR

Pin :26

182 lbs

Collin Leckie Cody Dravis

  PR

Pin :24

195 lbs

Jake Wagner Zach Hocking

  Crox

5-4

220 lbs

OPEN Jacob Bittman

  PR

Forfeit

285 lbs

OPEN Logan Veo

  PR

Forfeit






MONDAY - JANUARY 16,  2017

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL RALLIES FOR DOUBLE OVERTIME WIN OVER THE GATORS

The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team had a bad start, but battled back the rest of the game and forced double overtime and outlasted the Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators (BGMR) in a 64-61 double overtime victory in a Section 8AA matchup in Crookston.
BGMR dominated the start of the game using their strength and offensive rebounding and built an 8-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game.  “It was a really poor start for us tonight,” said Pirate Coach Darin Zimmerman. “They (BGMR) came out more aggressive, especially on the boards and they had some second chance points.”  Crookston finally scored their first points when Kylie Solheim made a three pointer from the left wing.  The basket didn’t get the Pirate offense rolling as BGMR continued to build on their lead and with 4:55 left in the first half the Gators led 24-9.  It was this point in the game that Pirate Coach Zimmerman changed the defense to a trap and added a little pressure and that seemed to be the spark the Pirates needed after a flat first 13 minutes.  Neither team scored for a two minute span until Jenna Porter made a basket to spark a 7-0 Pirate run in the final 2:45 of the half and with five straight points by Emma Borowicz, they were right back in the game and trailed 24-16 at halftime. “It was important because we were not playing well at that point, we were kind of lethargic, we couldn’t get anything going so we tried switching it up a little bit and it got us a little more active,” said Coach Zimmerman about changing the defense. “We were able to cut the deficit and get us back into the game.”
Crookston couldn’t have drawn up a better start to the second half when Bailey Folkers made a three pointer and followed with a layup to get within a 24-21 deficit 68 seconds into the half. “We were right back in it after that,” said Coach Zimmerman. “That really changed the complexion of the game and we knew we were right there.”  Crookston continued to battle back and tied the game for the first time at 28-28 with over 13 minutes left in regulation.  The teams went back and forth the rest of the half and BGMR took a 50-48 lead with 24.5 seconds left on two Kjerstie Lieberg free throws.  Crookston had the ball and got the ball to Folkers who drove the lane and scored with 12 seconds left and the Gators weren’t able to score in the final seconds and the teams were tied at 50-50 at the end of the half to force overtime.  “We drew up a play during a time out and we got the ball into Bailey’s hands and she was able to slip the screen for the contested layup,” said Coach Zimmerman. “Just like we drew it up and that was a nice play.”
In the first overtime, Crookston’s Solheim made a free throw 17 seconds into the extra session and Borowicz had a basket for a 53-50 lead.  “We made good plays off the get go at the beginning of both overtimes,” said Coach Zimmerman. “That was good to see and obviously was important.”  BGMR scored to get within a point before Borowicz added another Pirate basket for a 55-52 lead.  BGMR’s Alyssa Kilen came up with a big time three point play to tie the game with 67 seconds left in overtime.  Crookston worked the ball for the last shot and Hannah Emanuel’s three pointer was short and the teams were tied at 55-55 to force double overtime. 
In the second overtime, Crookston started with a Folkers basket 10 seconds into it, only to have the Gators Kilen answer with another basket to tie the game. “Jenna got a great steal and led me with the pass and I got to the basket,” said Bailey Folkers in the KROX Radio postgame show.  “Coach Zimmerman told us we had to go out and live in the moment and make our plays.”    Kennedy Cwikla scored inside and after a missed Gator free throw Rachel Hefta grabbed the rebound for Crookston and was fouled.  The sophomore post made both of her free throws with 1:51 left to give the Pirates a 61-59 lead. “That was impressive,” said Coach Zimmerman. “She had been sitting a while and came in and she is mentally strong and she showed it.”  BGMR pushed the ball up the floor and went in for a layup and Hefta blocked the shot and Crookston grabbed the ball and Emanuel was fouled and made one free throw for a 62-59 lead with 1:24 left.  BGMR’s Maddi Janicke grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back to bring her team within one point, but Solheim answered with a basket and after two Pirate missed free throws the game came down to the final possession.  BGMR called for a time out and with over four seconds left in the game they worked the ball around the perimeter and because of the suffocating Pirate defense, they weren’t able to get a shot off before the buzzer and Crookston held on to win a thrilling 64-61 double overtime game.  “I am proud of how well we competed tonight.  A month ago we wouldn’t have won this game.  It was great to see the girls battle back and come from behind,” said Coach Zimmerman. “It was really good defense by the girls at the end of the second overtime.  It was an exciting game, it was an unbelievable high school girls basketball game.  The girls are competitive and never backed down and never gave in.  We kept attacking possession after possession and that was great to see as we continue to take steps forward.  It was a fun game and hopefully we can build off of this win.”
Crookston improves to 4-9 on the year and will host another Section 8AA team when Bagley comes to town on Thursday.  BGMR drops to 6-7 on the year.
J.V. – Crookston won 48-28


Kennedy Cwikla goes up for the layup   Coach Zimmerman telling his team to slow it down
                   (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

OT

2OT

Final

Badger-Greenbush-MR

24 26 5 6 61

CROOKSTON

16 34 5 9 64


Emma Borowicz gets tripped up and draws a foul after stealing the ball from a Gator 
            
  (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Emma Borowicz 18   3 steals
Bailey Folkers 12 4 2 assists
Kylie Solheim 10   2 assists
Kennedy Cwikla 9 5 2 blocks
Jenna Porter 7 6 5 steals/3 assists

Hailey Seaver

5    
Rachel Hefta 2    
Hannah Emanuel 1    

 

For B-G-MR

Points

Maddi Janicke 19
Carly Mekash 15
Alyssa Kilen 13
Kjerstie Lieberg 6
Gracei Gullikson 4
Jaustyn Dahl 2
Kianna Novacek 2



 

CROOKSTON FIGURE SKATERS COMPETE IN EAST GRAND FORKS

The Glistening and Cutting Edge teams (pictured below) skated very well at the Northern Lights competition in East  Grand Forks this weekend. The Cutting Edge took home second place medals and the Glistening Edge placed fourth. They will  be competing at the national Midwest/Pacific competition in two weeks at the Ralph Engelstad arena with an estimated 180 teams competing.  (Pictures below by Erica



 

SATURDAY  -  JANUARY 14, 2017

SECOND PERIOD GOAL AT THE BUZZER LIFTS WARROAD TO A 4-1 WIN OVER CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY

Bobby Astrup's goal at the buzzer to end the second period gave Warroad their first lead of the game at 2-1 and the Warriors went on to score two more in the third and rallied for a 4-1 win over the Crookston Pirates in a Section 8A boy's hockey game at the Garden's in Warroad.
Things started slow for the visiting Pirates as Warroad had outshot the local lads 6-1 to start things out but then the Warriors took some penalties, two to be exact. Although the Pirates didn't score a power play goal, they did score the only goal of the period right after the first power play expired when Drew Dragseth took a shot from the high slot area and the key was he kept the strong shot on the ice which enabled Dane Anderson to get his stick on the puck and redirect it past Warriors goalie Parker Orchard and with six minutes left in the period Crookston led 1-0. The shots for the first period ended up even. "I thought we bottled Warroad up pretty well in the first period," said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, "we took advantage of our opportunities. The shots were even and it was a good start for us and hoped to keep it rolling."
If one team takes two or three penalties in a row, it's always seems to be the next penalty will be on the other team. That is what happened in the second period to a little extreme as the Pirates drew three penalties in a 4 minute span. "I told the boys that the penalties would probably start evening up," said Hardy, "you'll probably be killing off some in the second." The first two penalties came within 1:08 of each other which gave Warroad a five on three advantage for 52 seconds. Crookston skated one of the penalties off but before the other one expired the Warriors Kip Knutson was able to tip a Hunter Pelland shot from the blue line past Pirate goalie Cade Salentine and the power play goal tied the game with just over five minutes to go in the period. "They controlled the majority of time in the second period," said Hardy, "they out worked us in our own zone." Both teams had excellent chances in the last five minutes to score with Beau Wilmer who was standing right in front of Salentine received a pass from Max Marvin. Wilmer backed up a bit, spun around and was robbed by Salentine.  Moments later the Pirates had a two on one opportunity and Ethan Magsam used his teammate as a distraction and snapped off a shot that Orchard was able to get his body on to keep the score at 1-1 which is how it appeared the second period was going to end. It didn't! With the puck in the Crookston end and the Pirates inability to clear the puck the Warriors from behind the net centered a pass in front to Astrup who one-timed it past Salentine with the buzzer going off at almost the same time, but the puck clearly was in before the buzzer so officially Astrup scored at 16:59 to give Warroad a 2-1 lead after two periods. "They snuck one past us at the end and it just comes down to taking care of our end," said Hardy, "you have to be aware of how much time is left and be able to eat pucks and again, we just got outworked in our zone. It was really tough to swallow that last goal. Obviously you feel much better in the locker room at 1-1 then down by a goal."
Whether it was the momentum of the late second period goal or not, the Warriors struck early in the final period when Marvin who plays the blue line came in between the circles and snapped off a whistler to beat Salentine and two and a half minutes into the period, Warroad's lead was now 3-1. "I was proud of the way we came out in the third period," said Hardy, "but again, it's the little things that matter. You make one little mistake and teams are going to make you pay. We lost a guy, couldn't clear the zone and they made us pay."
Warroad then took three straight penalties and the Pirates continue to try to find their power play, mustering only a few shots on goal during the six minutes of man advantage. Later in the period after some good offensive time in Crookston's zone, Warroad crashed the Crookston net and with Salentine down, the pucked popped out to his left side and Carter Pelland was there with a sizeable open side and lifted a back-hander in to put the score at 4-1 with just over six minutes left in the game. "They have players in front of the net and we don't knock somebody down and again got out physicaled in our own end and they buried it. It's a game of little mistakes and tonight we made more than Warroad."
Crookston's Zach Markovich did ring a shot off the post, but the Pirates were unable to get anything going offensively. The Pirates finished 0-5 on the power play while Warroad was 1-3.
"Credit to the boys. They are sick of you talking about how bad the power play is to be honest," said Hardy to Frank Fee on the KROX RADIO post game show, "so they are working hard and can't find ways to work the puck in. I thought Warroad's penalty kill was aggressive and good and they got the best of us tonight."
With their third straight loss, Crookston drops to 4-12 on the year and their next scheduled game won't be for 10 days when they travel to Hallock to play Kittson County Central. There is a chance that the Pirates could have a makeup game with Park Rapids next week but nothing official. Warroad is now 5-9-1 on the year and has a big Section 8A game on Thursday when they host Thief River Falls.
JV -  Warroad won 5-0


         Ethan Magsam chases after the puck

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 1
Warroad 0 2 2 4


    The Pirates celebrate Dane Anderson's goal

1st Period
10:46 - Crookston - Dane Anderson (6) (Drew Dragseth, Ethan Christopherson)

2nd Period
11:40 - Warroad - Kip Knutson (Hunter Pelland, Tanner Hallatt) (PP)
16:59 - Warroad - Bobby Astrup (Kip Knutson, Beau Wilmer)

3rd Period
2:23 - Warroad - Max Marvin (Triston Johnson, Carter Pelland)
10:42 - Warroad - Carter Pelland (Nick Streiff,  Keaton Hoffman)


Cade Salentine with one of his 22 saves in the game

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Cade Salentine - Crookston 9 8 5 22
Parker Orchard - Warroad 8 3 9 20

 

 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY FALLS TO INTERNATIONAL FALLS 7-2

The Crookston Pirates Girls Hockey team finished off their back-to-back against northern Minnesota opponents with a matinee matchup against the International Falls Broncos. The Broncos, who came into the game on a three game winning streak where they were averaging nearly eight goals a game, took an early first period lead and never looked back as they won 7-2 in a game played at the Crookston Sports Center.
“We played better than yesterday which was nice because those blowout losses can be tough to come back from,” Crookston Head Coach Jaclyn Martin said. “We let some goals in that we wish we had back but it was a better game than yesterday.”
With both teams playing last night, one might expect the first few minutes to be a bit sluggish as the players worked to get their legs under them and that was exactly the case. “It was very even early and I think both teams were just trying to get a feel of what the other was doing,” said Martin. “I think as the game wore on both teams started to get their legs.” The game started with both teams feeling each other out but International Falls had the majority of the offensive pressure. The Broncos struck first at 6:58 when junior Amber Tilander found the back of the net with assists from Grace Bragg and Clara Palm. Just over a minute later, the Broncos made it a 2-0 game with a goal from senior defenseman Emily Saari. The Pirates didn’t let the early deficit faze them though as they kept competing and eventually the hard work paid off. Macy Strem potted her 12th goal of the year on the right door step to cut the lead to 2-1. The assist went to Jayden Allrich, her fifth of the year. Crookston had a few late power plays but couldn’t convert and I-Falls took a 2-1 lead into the locker room.
The Broncos started off the second period with an extra hop in their step as they fired five shots on goal in the first two minutes. Crookston goalie Brelee Jobe stopped the first four but wasn’t so lucky on the fifth one. Lexi Edwards took an Emily Saari rebound and used her backhand to put it into the net and make it a 3-1 game. The Broncos struck again two minutes later with a goal by Lexi Erickson to stretch the lead to 4-1. International Falls continued to click offensively when Amber Tilander notched her second of the game, beating Jobe from the left circle, and the lead ballooned to 5-1. After two periods, Internationals was outshooting Crookston by a whopping 33-8 margin. “Second periods have been an issue for us,” said Martin. “Especially at home when we have the long change. We need to find a way to get through that.”
In the third period, play was back and forth through the first half of it as both teams were starting to run out of gas. International Falls pushed their lead to 7-1 after scoring two goals in under two minutes. The Pirates did end the game on a high note as Ali Hutter found the back of the net for her fifth goal of the year to make it 7-2. “We moved Ali to a wing today and she really did well out there,” Martin said. “We’ll continue to try her in that spot and make some other shifts in the lineup as well.” It wasn’t enough though as the Broncos took the win.
Brelee Jobe was busy in net once again for the Pirates, turning aside 35 Broncos shots.
Crookston is now 3-15-1 and will have a huge section game on January 17 against Park Rapids. “I told the girls in the locker room that now we’re focusing on Tuesday,” stated Martin. “It’s going to be a battle and we’re happy to be on home ice.” International Falls has now won four straight games and is 12-6-1 on the season.
JV- International Falls won 9-0


      Ali Hutter brings the puck up the ice in the second period

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
International Falls 2 3 2 7
CROOKSTON 1 0 1 2


        Catherine Tiedemann tries to get the puck into the zone

1st Period
6:58 - IFalls - Amber Tilander (Grace Bragg, Clara Palm)
8:03 - IFalls - Emily Saari (Taylor Sears) (PP)
14:44 - Crox - Macy Strem (12) (Jayden Allrich)

2nd Period
1:36 - IFalls - Lexi Edwards (Emily Saari)
3:56 - IFalls - Lexi Erickson (Morgan Rasmussen, Marissa Kerry)
8:36 - IFalls - Amber Tilander (Grace Bragg)


3rd Period
9:27- IFalls - Kiana Kittelson (unassisted)
10:39- IFalls - Lexi Edwards (unassisted)
10:49 - Crox - Ali Hutter (5) (Jayden Allrich)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Grace Wegner- I-Falls 4 3 3 10
Brelee Jobe- Crookston 11 17 7 35


 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL CAN'T OVERCOME FIRST HALF DEFICIT IN LOSS TO HIBBING

The Crookston Pirates Girls Basketball squad couldn’t win their second in a row as they wrapped up their Iron Range road trip. The Hibbing Bluejackets used free throws down the stretch to take home the 58-45 win in a game played in Hibbing.
“The game was a lot closer than the score indicated,” said Crookston Head Coach Darin Zimmerman. “The girls competed really well but just couldn’t pull it out.”
The first half was back and forth as the Pirates used a balanced effort with six different players scoring. Emma Borowicz led the way with six points as she continued her strong season. “Emma played well today,” said Zimmerman. “She made some key shots and was aggressive, putting pressure on the defense the whole day. And it was nice because the rest of the team took her cue and were more aggressive as well.” The pace of the game was as expected with both teams playing their second game in as many days. “It took both teams a little while to get their feet under them,” explained Zimmerman. “Both teams were pushing the pace but taking time in their half court sets. After the first few minutes both teams found their groove.” Crookston kept the game close but Hibbing took a 27-21 lead into halftime.
Both teams continued to battle in the second half but it seemed like every time the Pirates got close, their offense would sputter and Hibbing would take advantage on the other end. “With three minutes to go we were only down by five,” said Coach Zimmerman. “We just couldn’t hit the shots we needed late.” Hibbing’s Abby McDonald scored nine of her 20 points in the second half, including three free throws down the stretch, and the Bluejackets held on for the 58-45 win.
“The girls handled the weekend well I thought,” stated Zimmerman. “They played hard in both games. Today was actually the best we’ve played in a loss. But we didn’t get enough scoring down the stretch and Hibbing made the most of their opportunities, especially at the free throw line.”
The Pirates are now 3-9 on the season and will be back in action on Monday when they host Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. Hibbing improves to 6-7 with the victory.

JV- Crookston beat Hibbing 49-36
C-Squad- Hibbing beat Crookston 26-20


Kennedy Cwikla goes in for a layup   Rachel Hefta brings the ball up the court
         (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

21 24

45

Hibbing

27 31

58


Bailey Folkers goes in for a layup
(Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography) 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Emma Borowicz

17
Kylie Solheim 5
Rachel Hefta 5
Hailey Seaver 5
Kennedy Cwikla 4
Hannah Emanuel 3
Jenna Porter 3
Bailey Folkers 3

 

For Hibbing

Points

Abby McDonald 20
Lizzy Tuomi 10
Mackenzie Maki 10
Janessa Perry 6
Jordan Hyduke 4
Cassie Rootes 3
Hailey Willard 2


 

 

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SLOW START IS COSTLY IN LOSS TO SIOUX FALLS

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles were coming off a tough loss on Friday night and had a slow start on Saturday afternoon and even though they played better they fell to the University of Sioux Falls Cougars 69-63 at Lysaker Gymnasium.
The game started on a good note with Emily Gruber (Jr. Monticello) scored in the paint to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead.  Sioux Falls answered with four straight points from their outstanding 6’2 center, Sam Knecht (Sr. Platte, S.D.) and another basket from Jacey Huinker (Soph. Altoona, Iowa) for a 6-2 lead just over two minutes into the game.  UMC answered with four straight points with two points from Caitlin Michaelis (Soph. Marshfield, Wis) and long two pointer from Micaela Noga (Jr. Parkers Prairie) and UMC tied the game at 6-6 with over six minutes to go.  In the final 6:12 of the first quarter, Sioux Falls outscored UMC 15-4 to take a 21-10 lead after the first break.
UMC started the second quarter like they did the game with a basket in the paint, this time by Isieoma Odor (Soph. Bloomington).  Sioux Falls built a lead up to 16 points (30-14 and 32-16) before Noga rattled home a couple three pointers in the final minute to bring the Golden Eagles within a 37-24 deficit at halftime.
Sioux Falls started the second half with six straight points for a 43-24 lead.  After a couple of minutes UMC went on a huge 11-0 run starting with 5:31 to go in the third quarter.  Odor took the game over and made two free throws, added a jump shot, a three point play and another basket for nine straight points and Alison Hughes (Soph. Janesville, Wis) added two free throws to cap the run and the Golden Eagles were within a 45-41 deficit.  The teams exchanged baskets the rest of the way and Sioux Falls led 49-44 at the end of the third quarter.
UMC started the fourth quarter a big three pointer from Hughes to get within a basket (49-47).  Sioux Falls answered with three points to build a two possession lead and slowly built a seven point (60-53) lead with 4:35 to go in the game.  The seven point lead proved to be too much for the Golden Eagles and Sioux Falls won the game 69-63.
UMC drops to 4-8 in the NSIC and 4-12 overall and will travel to the University of Mary on Friday and Minot State on Saturday.  Sioux Falls improves to 10-2 in the NSIC and 14-2 overall.


Isieoma Odor with a shot in the paint   Emily Gruber beat her defender for a shot

Box Score

1

2 3

4

Final

U of Sioux Falls

21 16 12 20 69

UMC

10 14 20 19 63


Steph McWilliams with a shot in the paint in the first half

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 19 6  
Alison Hughes 13   2 steals
Micaela Noga 11 6 3 assists
Emily Gruber 10   4 assists
Steph McWilliams 4 4 2 assists
Caitlin Michaelis 2    
Paige Weakley 2
Kitri Zezza 2   3 steals



 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL TURNS IN ANOTHER SOLID GAME, BUT FALLS SHORT

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles continue to play solid basketball, but they are still trying to figure out how to win the close games and lost to the University of Sioux Falls in an Northern Sun Conference game played at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston.
Sioux Falls started the game with a three pointer for a quick 3-0 lead, but UMC answered with a basket in the paint from Gable Smith (Soph. Lodi, Wis) and a three pointer by Kobe Critchley (Soph. Roseville) for a 5-3 Golden Eagle lead.  Sioux Falls answered with their second three pointer of the game to take a one point lead, but UMC responded with some solid defense and pretty good offense with a 6-0 run with baskets by Jim Warmack (Jr. East Grand Forks, Smith and Chase Knickerbocker (Soph. Annandale) for a 12-6 lead just shy of six minutes into the game.  Sioux Falls answered with a couple three pointes and a basket for an 8-0 run to take a 14-12 lead with over 12 minutes to go in the half.  The first half of runs continued as UMC countered with a Connor Gamble (Fresh. Stillwater) three pointer and Smith steal and pass up to Knickerbocker for a layup for a 17-14 lead.  The game was tied at 19 and with the game tied at 21, Sioux Falls went on a 9-2 run and that would be the difference as they took a 42-35 lead into halftime.  Both teams shot well in the first half with UMC making 15 of 28 shots for 53 percent and Sioux Falls made 17 of 30 shots for 57 percent, including making six of 11 three pointers.
The second half had a good start with a Harrison Cleary (Fresh. Oak Creek, Wis) basket and Sioux Falls answered with two free throws and the teams picked up the defense the rest of the game.  Neither team scored for almost four minutes and the offenses continued to struggle and halfway through the half and after a Gamble three pointer with 9:49 left in the game the Golden Eagles trailed 50-44.  Sioux Falls found their mojo on the offensive end with a 9-2 run to open up a 59-46 lead with over seven minutes to go.  UMC couldn’t get the offense going the rest of the way fell short 69-60.
UMC drops to 6-12 overall and 2-10 in the NSIC and will travel to Bismarck, North Dakota on Friday to take on the University of Mary and Minot State on Saturday.  Sioux Falls improves to 12-8 overall and 8-4 in the NSIC. 


 Conner Gamble drives by a Sioux Falls defender

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

U of Sioux Falls

42 27 69

UMC

35 25 60


   Harrison Cleary gets a pick from Gable Smith

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Connor Gamble 15   2 Assist
Harrison Cleary 12 7  
Kobe Critchley 11 2 2 Assists
Gable Smith 10 3 1 Assist / 1 Steal /6 Block
Chase Knickerbocker 6 3 2 Assists
Jim Warmack 2 3
Chase Johnson 2   2 Assists
Aaron Holcraft 2    






FRIDAY  -  JANUARY 13, 2017

UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STRUGGLES OFFENSIVELY IN LOSS TO SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE

In a game that featured 10 ties and five lead changes, the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs were able to make the plays they needed to late as they took down the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Women’s Basketball team, 75-66. The Golden Eagles had a fourth quarter lead but couldn’t hold on down the stretch in a game played at Lysaker Gymnasium.
Points in the paint were the theme early for Minnesota Crookston as they jumped out to an 8-6 lead in the first quarter with all their points coming inside. UMC hit from the perimeter shortly thereafter as Alison Hughes (So., Janesville, WI) connected from beyond the arc to push the lead to 11-6. The Mustangs stuck with what they were doing and finished the quarter on a 7-0 run behind four points from Taylor Holicky and led 17-16.
The momentum the Mustangs took into the quarter break stayed with them as they started the second quarter on a 7-2 run. The Golden Eagles stopped the bleeding and started to charge back thanks to more great shooting from Hughes, who’s second three made it 24-20 in favor of SMSU. After Southwest Minnesota State made their fifth straight shot to take a 29-20 lead, Minnesota Crookston responded with a 7-0 run and then Isieoma Odor (R-So., Bloomington) hit a tough fadeaway to tie the game at 31 late in the half. Both teams finished the quarter a bit sloppy and it was the Mustangs leading 34-33 at the break.
SMSU’s Taylor Holicky continued her strong play with a jump shot to make it 36-33. Minutes later, UMC’s Micaela Noga made a three-pointer to tie the game for the fourth time at 40. Odor followed with the pair of free throws, the first free throw attempts of the game for UMC, and all of a sudden it was a 42-40 Golden Eagle lead. “I knew this was going to be a competitive game and when we took the lead late I was feeling good,” Golden Eagles Head Coach Roysland noted. “But they were able to make that final charge and we didn’t have an answer.” After a 7-2 run gave the Mustangs the lead back, Alison Hughes made a triple to tie the game at 47. In what was a trend all game, Southwest responded with another run, capped by Abby Connell’s three-pointer to give the Mustangs a big 56-47 advantage with two minutes left in the game. The Golden Eagles tried to cut into the lead late, bringing it to within five but it wasn’t enough as the Mustangs made free throws late and held on for the win. “I thought we didn’t execute very well or make smart decisions for the most part tonight,” stated Roysland. “There were plenty of opportunities down the stretch but Southwest made more shots and got more stops late.”
Despite turning the ball over 21 times, the Mustangs were able to dominate inside and outrebounded the Golden Eagles 44-21. Taylor Holicky led SMSU with 22 points and Caleigh Rodning had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. “They played really well down low,” said Roysland. “I feel like we gave up too much ground and credit Southwest, they’re a good team.” Minnesota Crookston was led by Alison Hughes’ 24 points and three steals. Isieoma Odor had 14 points and a team-high six rebounds and Micaela Noga chipped in 12. “I told the team in the locker room after the game to give credit to Southwest because they played a good game,” said Roysland. “We just have to bring consistency every night and hopefully we do that tomorrow.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 4-11 overall and 4-7 in the NSIC. UMC will host a very tough University of Sioux Falls team on Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs look to continue to improve as they are now 2-13 overall and 2-9 in the conference. They’ll travel to Bemidji to finish their weekend against the Beavers.

 
      Isieoma Odor with a jump shot over a Mustang

Box Score

1

2 3

4

Final

SW Minnesota State

17 17 26 15 75

UMC

16 17 20 13 66


 Micaela Noga brings ball up the court

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Alison Hughes 24   2 Assists /3Steals
Isieoma Odor 14 6 2 Assists
Micaela Noga 12 5  
Emily Gruber 8 4 2 Blocks
Paige Weakley 4 4 3 Blocks
Stephanie McWilliams 2 2 Assists
Kelsey Stinson 2    

 


 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL TAKEN DOWN BY SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball team opened up a weekend of very tough opponents with a matchup against the NSIC South-leading Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs on Friday night at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles battled the Mustangs until the final buzzer but ultimately fell short, 77-74.
“Southwest is a very good team,” said UMC Head Coach Dan Weisse. “The lesson we learned tonight is that if you compete for 40 minutes then you can play with anyone in this league. We gave ourselves a chance to win the game tonight and that’s all you can ask for as a coach.”
Minnesota Crookston struggled to score in the opening minutes as their offense couldn’t find a flow and Southwest Minnesota State took advantage by building up an early lead. The Golden Eagles started to find their rhythm in the following minutes as Chase Knickerbocker (So., Annandale) and Kobe Critchley (So., Roseville) made three-pointers to trim the lead to 13-8 with 14:48 to go in the first half. The pace of the game continued to pick up over the next five minutes as Knickerbocker hit two more three’s, both in spot up situations and by utilizing his pump fake. The Golden Eagles moved the ball well as they assisted on six of their first seven field goals! With nine minutes on the clock, it was SMSU leading 23-19. After the Mustangs got a little bit of breathing room, the Golden Eagles showed their grit and fight with another Knickerbocker three-pointer, he had five in the game, and a slick spin move and lay-up inside for Kobe Critchley and UMC cut the margin to four. The Golden Eagles outscored the Mustangs 9-6 down the stretch and went into the half trailing 37-34.
The second half sure gave the nice crowd at Lysaker Gymnasium their money’s worth as it provided plenty of excitement. After a Gable Smith (R-So., Lodi, WI) bucket cut the lead to 39-38 and then two plays later Knickerbocker’s fourth three-pointer gave UMC a 41-39 lead, the Mustangs responded with nine straight points to push the lead to 48-41 with 14:23 on the clock. Every time it seemed like the Golden Eagles had a chance to close the gap, they couldn’t string together enough defensive stops but still managed to stay within striking distance. Connor Gamble (R-Fr., Stillwater) connected from downtown for UMC with nine minutes to go to make it a 55-51 game in favor of SMSU. The Golden Eagles used the long ball once again, this time from Chase Johnson (Fr., La Crosse, WI) to get within three but Southwest scored six straight to push the lead to 63-57. Minnesota Crookston countered with a Riley Rice (Sr., Mullen, NE) three-point barrage, he nailed three of them in a three minute stretch, to bring the Golden Eagles within 71-70 with 1:45 remaining. Trailing 73-72 in the last minute, Harrison Cleary (Fr., Oak Creek, WI) got fouled and went to the line to shoot the bonus. Cleary front rimmed the first shot and the Mustangs pulled down the rebound and were able to make free throws on the other end. The Golden Eagles had one last chance but Connor Gamble’s three-pointer fell short at the buzzer and the Mustangs picked up their 14th win of the season, 77-74. “We need to make free throws better as a team,” Weisse explained. “You can’t just look at Harrison’s miss late, but as a team we missed eight free throws and it’s an area we need to continue to get better at.”
Minnesota Crookston was dynamite from beyond the arc in the game, knocking down 13-of-25 (52%) shots. Chase Knickerbocker made five of those as he had one of the best games of his young career with 23 points and eight rebounds. “Coach (Bryan) Beamish was working with Chase this week and he’s a super competitive guy,” said Weisse. “He wants to do well and he’s starting to utilize his shot fake more and focusing on getting to the rim.” Riley Rice sparked a strong bench effort with 12 points and Cleary added 10. Kobe Critchley dished out a season-high 10 assists for UMC in the loss. “We had great contributions from the bench tonight,” said Weisse. “Darin Viken gave us great minutes in the first half, and it was good to see Riley hitting those shots. He does in practice all the time so we know he’s capable of it.” Southwest Minnesota State shot 28-of-61 (46%) from the field and dominated the interior, outrebounding Minnesota Crookston 42-29. The Mustangs got a double-double from 6’8” forward Carter Kirk with 15 points and 12 rebounds and 6’7” Mitch Weg had 17 points and eight boards. “They’ve got some big boys,” noted Weisse. “They do a good job down on the block. They got us in a bit of foul trouble which forced us to use some different bench combinations.”
UMC drops to 6-11 on the season and 2-9 in the NSIC but they are continuing to show they can compete against the best teams in the conference…if they put a full 40 minutes together. Southwest Minnesota State improves to 14-2 overall and 9-2 in the NSIC.


Connor Gamble tries to tie the game   Gable Smith with a layup

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

SW Minnesota State

37 40 77

UMC

34 40 74

 

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Chase Knickerbocker 23 8  
Riley Rice 12 5  
Harrison Cleary 10    
Kobe Critchley 8   10 Assists
Connor Gamble 8   2 Assists
Jim Warmack 5
Gable Smith 4 4 3 Assists/2 Steals/3 Blocks
Chase Johnson 4    



 

CROOKSTON BOY'S BASKETBALL FIGHTS OFF LASERS AND BEATS EAST GRAND FORKS

The Crookston Pirate Boys Basketball team struggled taking care of the ball with 27 turnovers in the game, but used a 17-1 run in the second half to beat the East Grand Forks Green Wave 59-51 in a Section 8AA matchup in East Grand Forks.
Part of the Crookston turnover problem might not actually be the players fault.  In the KROX Radio postgame show Chris Fee asked Pirate Coach Greg Garmen about the unusually high number of bad turnovers for the team. “We weren’t very sharp passing the ball and we need to take a little more pride in taking care of the ball,” said Coach Garmen. “We had a pass that went out the door into the hall and I asked what that was and they said a laser.”  After we talked to fans in the stands, they said East Grand Forks students were shining a laser or laser pen.  The Pirates were able to battle the extra opponent and come away with the win.  "I didn't notice anything and the players didn't say anything," said Coach Garmen. So was it Friday the 13th shenanigans, or the fans seeing things, or was there really lasers?  The world will never know.
The first half was about as back and forth as you could get in a game.  The teams were tied three times and there were 12 lead changes so the teams were either tied or having a lead change in 15 of the 25 baskets made in the half!
East Grand Forks scored the first points of the game on an Aaron Havis basket and Crookston responded with a Chris Wavra three pointer for the first lead change of a string of seven straight lead changes.  Crookston broke the first tie of the game with a three pointer from Nick Garmen for a 12-9 lead with 11:56 remaining in the half, shortly after Luke Froeber picked up his second foul and had to sit the rest of the half.  Crookston continued to hold the lead for the next five minutes and led 21-17 with over seven minutes to go in the game.  East Grand Forks followed with an 8-0 run with baskets by four different players (Maguire Stanislawski, Tyler Vossler, Steven Widman, and Sam Votava) for a 25-21 lead, their largest lead of the half.  Crookston responded with five straight points by Chris Wavra and with 2:45 left in the half the Pirates regained the lead 26-25.  East Grand Forks scored the only basket in the final 2:25 of the half and took a 27-26 lead into halftime. “It was up and down and back and forth and it was a fun first half,” said Coach Garmen. “Losing Froeber early in the half didn’t help, but we were only down one and with 15 turnovers we were fortunate to be down one.”
Crookston started the second half with two quick baskets from Froeber and Nick Garmen to take a 30-27 lead in the first minute.  East Grand Forks responded with an impressive 10-0 run, including back to back three pointers by Christian Dugan and all of a sudden the Green Wave led 37-30 four minutes into the half.  “We were out of sorts defending and they were sending a guy to the corner and we didn’t pick the guy up,” said Coach Garmen. “We finally started to pick the guy up and were able to stop the run.”
The team exchanged baskets a couple of times over a 51 second span and Crookston found Froeber inside again, this time he was fouled and converted a three point play to spark a 17-1 run by the Pirates over a 5:02 span.  In the run Froeber had two three point plays and a total of nine points, Nick Garmen had six points on two three pointers and Wavra added a baseline jump shot from 10 feet out to cap the run and the Pirates led 51-42 with less than seven minutes left in the game.  “We said we had to get Luke in the block and get him the ball and I told him not to think and just go up and shoot it,” said Coach Garmen. “Froeber as being as big as he is and East Grand Forks not being very big we wanted to get it into him and he hit some free throws and that is what we have to do, get him the ball inside.”
Crookston built the lead to 11 points a couple of times and tried to run down the clock, but East Grand Forks made two late three pointers to cut the Pirate victory to 59-51. “We have to work for everything and we tried to spread the floor a little bit and didn’t have guys slashing to the middle and we need to work on coming to the ball,” said Coach Garmen.  “That is when we needed to go to the hole and didn’t do that like we should have.  We hit shots when we needed to and made enough plays to pick up the win.  Getting another section win is always good and the Section is wide open after Breckenridge and Perham.”
Crookston improves to 6-5 on the year and will travel to Bemidji on Tuesday.   East Grand Forks drops to 5-5 on the year.
J.V. – EGF won 38-36     C Squad – EGF won 46-41


Luke Froeber with two of his 19 points   Nick Garmen drives by a Green Wave defender

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

26 33 59

East Grand Forks

27 24 51

 
Matt Garmen tries to get by a Green Wave player in the second half

For CROOKSTON

Points

Rebounds

Assists/Steals

Luke Froeber

19 8 2 steals/2 blocks
Chris Wavra 15 5 5 steals/3 assists
Nick Garmen 11   3 steals
Todd Boerger 5   2 steals/2 assists
Matt Garmen 4 4 4 assists/2 steals
Blake Kawlewski 3 3 2 steals
Ryan Swenson 2    

 

For East Grand Forks

Points

Aaron Havis 16
Julian Benson 7
Christian Dugan 5
Colton Dauksavage 5
Sam Votava 4
Steven Widman 4
Tyler Vossler 2
Maguire Stanislawski 2


 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL BEATS VIRGINIA, HAS INTERESTING FRIDAY THE 13TH!

The Crookston Pirate Girls basketball team didn’t let playing in a supposedly haunted school on Friday the 13th, a heart attack to a fan before the J.V. game (they later found out the man was okay before the varsity game), or a long bus ride hamper the start of their weekend as they dominated from start to finish and beat Virginia 59-23 in Virginia.
The Pirates had just won the C Squad game 34-24 and were getting ready to start the J.V. game and an elderly man in the stands had a heart attack and they made the teams leave the court.  “They had first responders there and an AED device and that probably saved his life,” said Pirate Coach Darin Zimmerman. “We found out before the Varsity game that the man was doing well and it looked like he was going to be okay and that was obviously good news.”
Remember today is Friday the 13th so the story gets a little more interesting.  The girls swore they heard weird footsteps and they thought a painting was looking at them.  During the game, Jenna Porters hand started to bleed for seemingly no reason, another player had blood for no apparent reason.  Dave Emanuel asked some Virginia fans, including an “old timer” about the school possibly being haunted and he replied, “oh yeah she is haunted.”  The school used to be in two parts and through the years they kept adding on.  There used to be a road where the gym is now and many years ago when they were going to start the demolition of the road the next day there was a fatal crash.  An older guy and two young kids and according to the old timer from Virginia, weird things have been happening ever since, as they built the gym right where the accident happened and re-routed the road.  Is it haunted?  We don’t know for sure, but some Crookston fans believe it might be!

With all of that being said, the Pirates didn’t seem to be phased by any of the other things going on and they dominated play from the beginning.  The game started with a banked three pointer by Bailey Folkers and she followed with a basket to score the first five Pirate points of the game.  Offensive wasn’t the big key to the game for the Pirates as they were stellar and they held Virginia to eight first half points and had a 28-8 lead at halftime.  “Bailey banked in a three right away and those are usually shots that go against us so that was good to see,” said Coach Zimmerman.  “We only had four turnovers in the half so we took care of the ball so that was good.  We had a balanced scoring attack and everybody was chipping in and doing something for us.”
Crookston continued to dominate and took a 48-12 lead halfway through the second half and had nine of the 13 players score in the game including three players in double figures on their way to a 59-23 victory. “To have a great all-around team defensive effort was good to see after a couple games where we weren’t as strong,” said Coach Zimmerman. “Hailey Seaver had a good game and played well defensively and it was probably one of her best games.”
Crookston improves to 3-8 on the year and will play at Hibbing on Saturday.  Virginia drops to 5-8 on the year.
J.V. – Crookston won 51-10     C Squad – Crookston won 34-24


Brita Fagerlund hits the jump shot    Hailey Seaver with the ball in the paint
               (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

28 25 53

Virginia

8 21 29


Pirate starters cheering on the bench players while they are getting extended minutes 
             (Picture by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

For CROOKSTON

Points

Bailey Folkers

14
Emma Borowicz 13
Jenna Porter 10
Hailey Seaver 9
Dani Boyle 4
Kenedy Cwikla 3
Kylie Solheim 2
Kasey Cwikla 2

Brita Fagerlund

2

 

For Virginia

Points

Lexi Ahrens 9
Kelsey Knutson 5
Caleece Myhre 2
Kaitlin Knutson 2
Peyton Wercinski 2
Rylee Kelly 2


 



CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY OVERPOWERED BY HIBBING/CHISHOLM

The Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejackets brought their three-game winning streak and #12 ranking in the latest polls to the Crookston Sports Center to face the Crookston Pirates Girls Hockey team on Friday night and made their presence known. The Bluejackets got hat tricks from two different players and scored eight unanswered goals as they cruised to the 13-1 win.
“The game was a tough one for us,” said Pirates Head Coach Jaclyn Martin. “They’re a fast team and we just didn’t handle them well defensively.”
A slow start to the game doomed the Pirates as Hibbing/Chisholm scored two goals in the first 1:33. Rachel Skorich lit the lamp and then Lillian Rue netted an unassisted tally to make it 2-0. The quick strike offense came again for the Bluejackets later in the period as Allyson Brandt and Mallorie Iozzo scored 41 seconds apart and gave their team a 4-0 lead into the first intermission.
The second period wasn’t any better for Crookston as Hibbing/Chisholm tallied five goals from five different players to stretch the lead to 8-0. The Pirates got on the board late when Ali Hutter used some nifty stickhandling to deke a defender and finish it off for her fifth goal of the season. “Ali had some really nice hands and a nice deke on that goal,” said Coach Martin. “It was great to see her capitalize on the chance.”
With running time in the third, the balance of Hibbing/Chisholm continued to be evident as they scored four goals that came from four different players. The Bluejackets saw eight different players light the lamp on the night.
The Pirates are now 3-14-1 on the season and won’t have much time to rest or dwell on Friday’s loss as they host International Falls on Saturday afternoon with the faceoff at 3:00 p.m. “The girls will definitely need to get a good nights rest tonight,” noted Martin. “We are really excited to get right back there on the ice and play at home!” Hibbing/Chisholm improves to 10-7 with the win.  


Maddie Nicholls with a shot (Picture by Leah Dufault of Dufault Photography)

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Hibbing 4 5 4 13
CROOKSTON 0 1 0 1


MacKenze Epema catches a pass at center ice (Picture by Leah Dufault of Dufault Photography)

1st Period
1:00 - HIB - Rachel Skorich (Emily Anderson)
1:33 - HIB - Lillian Rue (unassisted)
7:10 - HIB - Allyson Brandt (Rachel Skorich)
7:51 - HIB - Mallorie Iozzo (Lilly Rewertz)

2nd Period
2:14 - HIB - Lilly Rewertz (Mallorie Iozzo, Allie Bussey)
8:47 - HIB - Rachel Skorich (Katie Carpenter)
9:04 - HIB - Ellysa Dune (Dorothy Kearney, Maria Gherardi)
9:31 - HIB - Mallorie Iozzo (Allie Bussey, Megan Sampson)
11:06 - HIB - Allyson Brandt (unassisted) (SH)
11:53 - CROX - Ali Hutter (5) (unassisted) (PP)


3rd Period
3:10 - HIB - Mallorie Iozzo (Lilly Rewertz, Rylee Appelman)
4:05 - HIB - Lilly Rewertz (unassisted)
11:57 - HIB - Rachel Skorich (Allyson Brandt)
15:57 - HIB - Maria Gherardi (Rachel Skorich)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Paige Copple- Hibbing/Chisholm 9 2 2 13
Brelee Jobe- Crookston 11 13 X 24
Cassidy Halvorson- Crookston X X 10 10






THURSDAY  -  JANUARY 12, 2017

CROOKSTON BOY'S HOCKEY GAME IS POSTPONED DUE TO COLD

The Crookston Pirate Boys Hockey game tonight vs Park Rapids is postponed.  Park Rapids was concerned about the forecast of wind chills over 40 below zero tonight and decided they will have to postpone the game to a later date.  The Park Rapids Activities Director is out of town, but the two schools will look for a make up date on Monday.





CROOKSTON WRESTLERS FALL TO ROSEAU IN DUAL

The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team battled the frigid temperatures and traveled up to Roseau for a section dual with the Rams. Despite winning two of the first three matches, Crookston was unable to get the win as Roseau won seven straight matches and the dual, 50-24.
"We were really looking forward to this matchup tonight," Crookston Head Coach Wes Hanson said. "It was a great opportunity for us to compete and I'm really happy that we didn't have any open weights and were able to put out a full lineup."
Crookston won four of the 14 matches with three pins and one forfeit.  The Pirates started things off well as Zach Brown continued his strong season with a pin over Trevor Hasbrouck at 106 pounds and then Cade Coauette won by forfeit. After that, it was all Roseau as they won nine of the last 11 matches. Crookston's Jake Wagner finished the night on a positive note at 285 pounds when he pinned James Rauser in 1:25. "The bookends, Zach (Brown) at 106 and Jake (Wagner) at heavyweight have really done well for us this year," said Coach Hanson. "Getting those first period falls was great to see and they continue to improve." As expected with any team, there is still a lot of room for improvement. "We came into tonight with some momentum from good performances our last few times out," noted Coach Hanson. "We weren't as aggressive as we could have been tonight and that's something we need to make sure we have moving forward. Losing to a section opponent is always hard to take so the guys will definitely be working hard in practice leading up to our next match."
The Crookston Pirates are now 3-6 in duals on the season and will host Park Rapids in a dual on Tuesday, January 17.

 

PIRATES- 24

Roseau- 50

Winner

Results

106 lbs

Zach Brown

Trevor Hasbrouck

Crox

Pin 1:11

113 lbs

Nolan Dans Connor Eidsmoe

ROS

Pin 5:59

120 lbs

Cade Coauette OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

126 lbs

Cameron Weiland Race Knochemus

ROS

Pin 4:57

132 lbs

Cameron Hulst Riley Eidsmoe

ROS

Pin 1:10

138 lbs

Colton Weiland OPEN

Crox

Forfeit

145 lbs

Lukas Meier Ben Olson

ROS

8-6
152 lbs Preston Desrosier Chandler Mooney

ROS

13-4

160 lbs

Luke Trandem Sawyer Klatt

ROS

6-0

170 lbs

Luis Argueta Brandon McCourt

ROS

Pin 2:43

182 lbs

Damian Hodgson Blake Skogstad

ROS

13-1

195 lbs

Collin Leckie Brody Wenslof

ROS

Pin 1:26

220 lbs

Noah Barlow Hunter Ziska

ROS

Pin :54

285 lbs

Jake Wagner James Rauser

Crox

Pin 1:25


 



TUESDAY  -  JANUARY 10, 2017

STRONG DEFENSIVE SECOND HALF LIFTS UMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OVER BEMIDJI STATE 83-75

The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles had dominant post play with 41 total points from Isieoma Odor (21) and Emily Gruber (20) and made 11 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to beat Bemidji State 83-75 in a game played at the Sanford Center in Bemidji.  "We have really solidified the inside and they are two different players," said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. "They have two different styles of play and they played well tonight."
Bemidji State started the game on fire and made four three pointers in the first three-plus minutes and built a 14-6 lead four minutes into the game and held a 17-9 lead with 3:10 to go in the opening quarter.   UMC got the offensive spark they needed from Kelsey Stinson (Fresh. Cottage Grove, Wis) when she made a three pointer.  The Golden Eagles Emily Gruber (Jr. Monticello) followed with a basket and Stephanie McWilliams (Fresh. Grand Forks Central) added a basket to cap a 7-0 run and bring UMC within a 17-16 deficit with 1:40 left in the quarter.  The two teams exchanged baskets in the final 90 seconds and Bemidji led 19-18 after the first quarter.
Bemidji State started the second quarter with a layup, but the Northern Sun North Division player of the week, Isieoma Odor (Soph. Bloomington) took over the game and scored the next eight UMC points and all of a sudden the Golden Eagles led 26-23 halfway through the second half.  "It has been nice after a couple hard seasons," said Odor on KROX Radio. "After I hurt my knee it took me until halfway through last season to get back to 100 percent, getting use to shooting and running up and down the floor.  Coach kind of got in my ear on my shooting so I have been working hard on it." Bemidji State answered with a run to regain the lead and they held the lead for the final three minutes of the half and took a 45-42 lead into the locker room at halftime.  Both teams shot extremely well from the field in the first half with Bemidji State making 8 of 12 three pointers for 67 percent and 17 of 29 from the field for 59 percent.  UMC made 17 of 31 from the field in the first half for 55 percent and 4 of 9 three pointers for 44 percent.
The third quarter had four lead changes and three ties, but after it was all said and done, Bemidji State still had the 61-60 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The start of the fourth quarter was similar to the third quarter with six lead changes in the first six minutes the two teams were tied at 71 with 3:07 to go.  Neither team scored for the next minute and Odor gave UMC the lead after she made two free throws, but Bemidji State answered with a basket in the paint 11 seconds later.  Alison Hughes (Soph. Janesville, Wis) followed with two free throws with 1:13 left in the game and had a beautiful drive in the lane for a layup 30 seconds later and the Golden Eagles led 77-73 with 43 left.  UMC was fouled 15 seconds later and Gruber made both free throws to give the Golden Eagles their biggest lead of the game at six points (79-73).  Bemidji State answered with a jump shot with 21 seconds left, but UMC made their free throws down the stretch and were 11 of 12 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and held on to win 83-75 to win their second game in a row and third out of their last four.  "This was a big win for us," said Coach Roysland.  "It really is a big win for us and important that we picked up the win and give us some confidence going into this weekend and we know how pivotal this weekend is."
UMC improves to 4-6 in the NSIC and 4-10 overall and will host Southwest Minnesota State on Friday.  Bemidji State drops to 1-9 in the NSIC and 4-10 overall and will host Sioux Falls on Friday.


UMC Coach Mike Roysland draws up a play late in the game

 

1

2 3

4

Final

UMC

18 24 18 23 83

Bemidji State

19 26 16 14 75


Alison Hughes drives by a Bemidji State defender

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Isieoma Odor 21 6 3 Blocks
Emily Gruber 20 8  
Alison Hughes 16 6 4 Assists
Stephanie McWilliams 8 6 3 Assists
Caitlin Michaelis 5 3 2 Assists
Micaela Noga 5 4 2 Assists
Kelsey Stinson 3    
Paige Weakley 3   2 Assists
Kitri Zezza 2   3 Assists


 

UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL'S BIG SECOND HALF NOT ENOUGH IN LOSS TO BEMIDJI STATE

Last time the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball team met up with Bemidji State, it was an exciting finish as the game went down to the wire. Tuesday night’s contest was no different as a furious second half run wasn’t enough for the Golden Eagles as they fell, 77-75, at the Sanford Center in Bemidji.
After Harrison Cleary (Fr., Oak Creek, WI) opened up the scoring for UMC, Bemidji State responded with a 5-0 run to take an early lead. Offense would be an issue for Minnesota Crookston early as they went nearly four minutes without a point and saw the Beavers go on a 15-4 run to take a 20-9 lead halfway through the first half. UMC started the game hitting just two of their first 10 shots. “We didn’t come out with a lot of energy and weren’t doing the little things like cutting hard,” Golden Eagles Head Coach Dan Weisse said. “We can’t play a first half like that and win in this league.” Another two-plus minute scoring drought occurred for Minnesota Crookston later in the half before a Gable Smith (R-So., Lodi, WI) hook shot put an end to that but Bemidji State responded with four straight makes and a 12-2 run and took a commanding 42-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Golden Eagles shot themselves in the foot in the first half, turning the ball over 12 times and shooting 38% from the field.
The Golden Eagles must have had some Wheaties in the locker room at halftime or something as the second half was a completely different story. After the Beavers took a 51-30 lead with 16:20 left, the Golden Eagles rattled off a 14-3 run to cut the lead to 54-44. Again it was Cleary leading the charge as the second leading scorer in the NSIC made tough basket after tough basket to keep his team in the game. “Harrison is a tough kid, every possession matters to him,” noted Weisse. “He wants to win everything he’s involved in. He was good for us tonight.” A lot of credit goes to the UMC defense as well as they were making key stops and rebounding much better than they did in the first half. Minutes later, Connor Gamble (R-Fr., Stillwater) connected from downtown to extend the run to 24-5 and bring UMC within a possession. Chase Knickerbocker (So., Annandale, MN), who was held scoreless in the first half due to some foul trouble, had a monstrous second half as he made two three-pointers in the final minutes, the second of which tied the game at 75 with 33 seconds left! “It was great to see Chase bounce back in the second half,” said Weisse. “We needed him back in the game and he came through for us.” On Bemidji State’s next possession, Harrison Cleary fouled BSU’s Jai’Vionne Green with both teams in the bonus. Green calmly sank both free throws to give the Beavers the 77-75 lead with seven seconds on the clock. Cleary’s fadeaway jumper at the buzzer went wide as BSU held on for the win.
The Golden Eagles were led by Cleary’s 29 points and Chase Knickerbocker had 16 points, all in the second half, and four rebounds. Lucas Wendt came off the bench for the Beavers to lead his team with 20 points. Forward Ben Best had another strong game against the Golden Eagles, finishing with 18 points. Some bright spots for UMC were that they only turned the ball over twice in the second half after having 12 in the first half and ended up outrebounding the Beavers on the night.
“This is a game that we definitely could have won,” said Coach Weisse. “But again, in this league you have to be able to put complete games together and we weren’t able to do that tonight.”
Minnesota Crookston falls to 6-10 overall and 2-8 in the Northern Sun Conference. They’ll continue their busy week when they host Southwest Minnesota State and the University of Sioux Falls this weekend at Lysaker Gymnasium. With the win, Bemidji State improves to 5-10 and 3-7 in the NSIC.


Chase Knickerbocker hits a three pointer to give UMC a one point lead late

Box Score

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

UMC

25 50 75

Bemidji State

42 35 77


Harrison Cleary goes in for a layup over a BSU player

For UMC Points Rebounds Assists/Steals
Harrison Cleary 29 2 2 Assists /2 Blocks
Chase Knickerbocker 16 4  
Connor Gamble 9   2 Steals
Chase Johnson 6 5  
Gable Smith 4 10 2 Blocks / 2 Steals
Xavier Hall 4
Riley Rice 3 2  
Kobe Critchley 2 5 2 Assists / 1 Block
Jim Warmack 2    



 

SECOND PERIOD EXPLOSION SENDS BEMIDJI TO A 7-0 WIN OVER THE VISITING CROOKSTON

The Bemidji Lumberjacks exploded for five goals in the second period and the Jacks rolled to a 7-0 win over the Crookston Pirates in a Mariucci Conference Boy's Hockey game in Bemidji.
Crookston was giving Thomas Cymbaluk his first start in goal on the varsity level and the senior had nine saves in the first period shutting down the powerful Lumberjacks 0-0 after the first period. "Both teams had some good chances," said Crookston head coach Josh Hardy, "Thomas played fantastic and we did a good job clearing pucks and eliminating second chance opportunities. We had a few good opportunities on the power play and off some set face off plays but couldn't bury the puck. Their goalie was kicking out some juicy rebounds but we just couldn't find a way to stuff them in. I was really pleased with our play and most importantly how hard we competed."
Bemidji has been averaging just three goals per game which the Pirates would take right now as they continue to struggle putting the puck in the net. The Lumberjacks were coming off an impressive 7-0 win on Saturday at Sartell, the same Sartell that beat the Pirates 9-0 in early December in Sartell!
The Lumberjacks didn't waste any time in the second period when they chipped in a shot that just went under the arm of Cymbaluk and Ethan Pickett put Bemidj up 1-0 less than two minutes in. Tanner Hammitt scored a couple minutes later when the Pirates were unable to clear the zone and when given too much zone time, Bemidji usually takes advantage and they did and it was 2-0.  Then the dam burst when the Lumberjacks scored three times in the last six minutes of the period. The first was Alex Pollock when on the power play a shot went wide and took a fortuitous bounce in front. Next, the Pirates made a mistake of touching a puck in front of their net when Bemidji would have been called for a high-stick and it led to a great scoring chance for Chase Hartje and it was 4-0. Sophomore Hunter Olson made a nice play in tight on the Pirate net on a four on three power play and beat Cymbaluk when in alone and it was 5-0 after two periods. "They came out flying in the second and really limited our chances," said Hardy, "Drew Dragseth had a good opportunity on a one on one and we missed two open nets on the power play. We bury one or two of those at the time we have a vastly different game."
Bemidji's Brady Tatro scored two late third period goals, the second was the third power play of the game for the Lumberjacks and sent the game to running time and an eventual 7-0 win for Bemidji. "The third was similar to the first. Really back and forth," said Hardy, "we started to play more physical and the type of hockey we need to play to be successful. They had a couple really nice scoring opportunities that Ethan Stroot broke up. He had a great game. Chase Hartje really took over the game for Bemidji in the third. He was dominant and as one of the best defenseman in the entire state/country in his age group you expect that. He was really tough to handle."
Crookston has now lost two in a row and four of their last six and are 4-11 on the season. "Other than a few mistakes in the second that cost us I'm really happy with how we played," said coach Hardy, "we have to start being opportunistic though. Against good teams you only are going to get a few chances and if you want to steal a game like the one tonight you have to bury a few of them. 
 Bemidji is probably the fastest team we've played. Not only that but they move the puck extremely well. Talking with Bemidji Coach Chiodo before the game they have really only started to play to their potential in the last two weeks. They have more talent top to bottom than anyone we've seen. If they can keep it rolling here they are going to come out of an extremely deep 8AA again this year."  Crookston will be home on Thursday for a Section 8A game with Park Rapids, a team they had beat 6-2 on December 20 in Walker. "Zach Markovich played his best game of the year tonight. He was a physical presence on the ice and was very tough defensively," said Hardy, "Ethan Stroot seemed to get a stick on everything tonight too and made a couple of great individual efforts to get pucks out of our zone and into their zone. Logan Wardner stepped in for Ben Trostad and was great especially quarterbacking the power play. Thomas Cymbaluk played great in his first action of the season too. 
It's time to get a little roll going in the section here and it starts on Thursday."
Bemidji improves to 8-6 on the season and will host a Section 8AA rival St. Cloud on Saturday.
JV -  Bemidji won 10-1


Eric Delorme and Leyton Salentine battle along the boards

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0
Bemidji 0 5 2 7


Logan Wardner lets one go from the top of the circle

1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
1:46 -Bemidji - Ethan Pickett (Hunter Olson, Noah Nei)
5:22 -Bemidji- Tanner Hammitt (Nick Mannausau, Josh Baker)
10:42 -Bemidji - Alex Pollock (Brady Tatro)
12:12 -Bemidji - Chase Hartje (Jaret Lalli, Alex Pollock)   (PP)
16:36 -Bemidji -Hunter Olson (Chase Hartje, Alex Pollock)  (PP)

3rd Period
13:29 -Bemidji - Brady Tatro (unassisted)
14:44 -Bemidji - Brady Tatro (Alex Pollock, Leo Spry)   (PP)

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Matt Fitzgerald - Bemidji 7 3 5 15
Thomas Cymbaluk - Crookston 9 7 7 28



 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S BASKETBALL STRUGGLES IN BEMIDJI

The Bemidji Lumberjacks used a 31-9 run to end the first half and cruised the rest of the way on their way to a 67-48 victory over the Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team in a game played in Bemidji.
Crookston got behind to start the game, but battled back to tie the game at 9-9 with about 10 minutes to go in the game.  Bemidji made a three pointer and followed with a steal and layup for a 14-9 lead and that sparked a 31-9 run the rest of the half for a 40-18 lead at halftime.  “We started out playing some good fundamental basketball and tied the game and things were looking pretty good,” said Pirate Coach Darin Zimmerman. “The wheels kind of fell off and they took advantage of some careless turnovers and made us pay.  We didn’t execute well on offense and defensively in the last six minutes we didn’t play very well.   We obviously weren’t happy at halftime.”
Bemidji built a 30 point lead (51-21) four minutes into the second half and was able to get everybody in the game the rest of the way.  Because of Bemidji going deep into the bench and Crookston keeping the starters in, the Pirates were able to make a little bit of a run and after an Emma Borowicz three pointer with 4:10 left in the game, Crookston trailed 58-46, but that would be as close as they would get as Bemidji cruised to a 67-48 victory. “We never gave up and battled back.  We have to do a better job of competing, especially to start the second half we let them do whatever they wanted to do at the beginning of the half.”
Crookston drops to 2-8 on the year and will travel to Virginia on Friday and Hibbing on Saturday.  Bemidji improves to 7-6 on the year.
J.V. – Bemidji won 52-36     C Squad – Bemidji won 50-28


          Kennedy Cwikla tracks down the loose ball               Jenna Porter goes up for a shot
                             (Pictures by Dave Emanuel of Wildfire Photography)

 

1st Half

2nd Half

Final

CROOKSTON

18 30 48

Bemidji

40 27 67

 

For CROOKSTON

Points

Hannah Emanuel

14
Emma Borowicz 12
Kennedy Cwikla 9
Jenna Porter 7
Rachel Hefta 4
Hailey Seaver 2

 

For Bemidji

Points

Laura Bieberdorf 15
Samantha Edlund 9
Lexi Wade 8
Heather Strong 7
Rumer Flatness 7
Ciara Cermak 4
Grace Naig 4
Klaryssa Whelan 3
Lindsey Hildenbrand 2
Hannah Willford 2
Allison Beard 2
Evette Morgan 2
Katie Alto 2

 

 

CROOKSTON GIRL'S HOCKEY CAN'T FIND ANY OFFENSE IN LOSS TO ROSEAU

It was a tough night in Roseau for the Crookston Pirates Girl's Hockey team as they ran into an offensive juggernaut in the Roseau Rams. The Rams put 64 shots on goal and held the Pirates to just four shots as they went on to win 11-0.
"Roseau showed how good of a team they are tonight," Pirates Head Coach Jaclyn Martin said. "They have a lot of different weapons and move the puck extremely well. That was an issue for us all game."
After jumping ahead 2-0 after the first period, Roseau exploded for seven goals in the second to take a commanding 9-0 lead after two. Balance was key for Roseau as they showed they can attack with multiple players as eight different Rams lit the lamp through the first two periods.
The Rams continued to put the pressure on in the third, reaching double digits when Maggie Crasson scored her second of the night 1:45 into the period. Veronica Jacques became the ninth Ram to score a goal near the end of the game as Roseau cruised to the win. Brelee Jobe made a whopping 53 saves in the game for Crookston. "Brelee played really well tonight," said Martin. "She continues to get better every game and doesn't get rattled when something like the second period happens."
The Pirates fall to 3-13-1 with the loss and the Rams improve to 9-6-1 with the victory. "In practice this week we have a lot to work on," noted Coach Martin. "We have to work on our defensive zone mainly and give our goalie more help than we have been."

Scoring  1st 2nd 3rd Final
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 0
Roseau 2 7 2 11

1st Period
6:48- ROS- Ella Helgeson (Jenna Byfuglien, Ellice Murphy)
15:39- ROS- Lindsey Santl (Kayla Santl, Ellie Hedlund)

2nd Period
1:40- ROS- Kayla Santl (unassisted)
2:23- ROS- Jodi Ostraski (Ella Helgeson, Ellie Hedlund)
2:55- ROS- Ellice Murphy (Maddie Jerome)
6:46- ROS- Anika Staskopf (Ellice Murphy, Kayla Santl)
8:37- ROS- Maggie Crasson (Laura Johnson)
11:40- ROS- Jodi Ostraski (Ella Helgeson, Ellice Murphy)
16:20- ROS- Mack Bergstrom (Kayla Santl, Ellice Murphy) (SH)


3rd Period
1:45- ROS- Maggie Crasson (unassisted)
14:18- ROS- Veronica Jacques (Lindsey Kallis) (SH)
 

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Brelee Jobe- CROOKSTON 19 18 16 53
Rylie Bjerklie- Roseau 1 1 2 4



 

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