Catherine Tiedemann, who lost her grandfather James “Jim” Sims Tuesday morning, scored an emotional game-winning goal with 2:19 left in overtime as the Crookston Pirate Girls hockey team beat the Park Rapids Panthers 3-2 in a Section 8A game played at the Crookston Sports Center.

Despite Crookston controlling the puck in the Panthers’ zone the majority of the first period, Park Rapids struck first. The Panthers capitalized on their first shot of the game when senior Alexa Kennedy skated into open ice and wristed a shot into the net giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead with 5:21 left in the first period. Just eight seconds later, Catherine Tiedemann took the center-ice faceoff and skated the puck into the Park Rapids’ zone and fired a wrist shot past the Panthers’ Kylee Pachel tying the game at 1-1. “We didn’t get the start that we wanted, and I think we were a bit overconfident with ourselves a little bit,” said Crookston head coach Tim Moe. “Our defense was pinching up when we didn’t need to, but I think after Catherine scored we were able to relax.”  Crookston outshot the visitors 9-2 in the first period, but Pachel’s eight saves kept the game tied at 1-1 after the first period.

In the second period, Crookston generated a game-high 15 shots, but Pachel was up to the task making all 15 saves in the period, while the Pirates Kailee Magsam made seven saves in net for Crookston keeping the game tied at 1-1 heading into the final period. “Their goaltender played really well,” said Moe. “We had some really good opportunities in the second period, but we put a lot of shots right into her chest. I think part of that is we’re just not used to being in those situations in the offensive zone, but we were able to overcome that.”

Crookston took their first lead of the night with 14:17 left in the game as Catherine Tiedemann cycled the puck to Aleah Bienek who shot that rebounded out to Nora Peterson.  Peterson took the puck at the right wing circle and tucked the shot into the net giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead. “I think they’re our three best players, they just need to continue to understand that,” noted Moe. “When they’re anticipating, they’re pretty good, and Nora found a soft spot in their zone and one the few rebounds Pachel gave up tonight, bounced to her, and she took advantage.” Crookston dominated possession time in the final period, but not enough to prevent a late equalizing goal. With 4:58 left in regulation, Katie Sagan fired a shot from the blue line that deflected off the skate of Kiana Landt and into the net tying the game at 2-2. Park Rapids Kylee Pachal withstood a flurry of shots in the closing minutes to force overtime while Grace Koshney managed to keep her net clean for Crookston sending the game to overtime tied at 2-2. “We shortened the bench quite a bit there at the end. I went with the six forwards that I thought were moving their feet the best,” explained Moe. “We played, finally with a sense of urgency there at the end and I hope the girls noticed that they’re better when they play with that sense of urgency.”

In the overtime period, Crookston started on the powerplay but was unable to generate a quality chance with the extra skater. After the penalty expired, both sides picked up minor penalties setting up four-on-four hockey for nearly two minutes. Park Rapids’ Alexa Kennedy found open ice with one less skater for each side and skated hard to the Crookston net where Grace Koshney made a game-saving stop for the Pirates. After returning from the penalty box, Catherine Tiedemann took the game into her own hands. Kendall Bergquist collected the puck with 2:30 left in overtime and sent a puck to Catherine Tiedemann. Tiedemann collected the puck at the Panthers’ blue line and skated in towards the goal on a breakaway. Tiedemann wristed a shot towards the far post, drawing iron and ricocheting the puck into the back of the net to secure the emotional 3-2 win with 2:19 to play in overtime.

“If you were going to tell me that we could end it like that,” said Moe. “That was pretty special. I’m really proud of Catherine for fighting through. She was emotional afterward and she should’ve been. She puts her heart and soul into this team. I know she loves her family and her and her grandfather were really close too. So to come out and honor him, with just playing. I think that honored him more than anything else, but to score a couple of goals was just icing on the cake. She’s a dynamic hockey player, but she’s a greater leader for us. She’s going to great things in life and I just can’t say enough nice things about her.” On an emotional night for Tiedemann, Moe summarized it best, “I’m not big into divine intervention, but if there is such a thing, I think it happened today.”

Crookston improves to 3-13-1. The Pirates return to the ice on Friday night when Crookston hosts Mandan in Mayville, ND with puck drop at 5 p.m. Park Rapids falls to 0-16.

1 2 3 OT Final
Park Rapids 1 0 1 0 2
CROOKSTON 1 0 1 1 3

1st Period
5:21 – Park Rapids – Alexa Kennedy (unassisted)
5:13 – Crookston – Catherine Tiedemann (unassisted)

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
14:17 – Crookston – Nora Peterson (Aleah Bienek, Catherine Tiedemann)
4:58 – Park Rapids –  Kiana Landt (Katie Sagen)

2:19 – Crookston – Catherine Tiedemann (Kendall Bergquist)

Saves 1 2 3 OT Final
Kylee Pachel – Park Rapids 8 15 12 4 39
Kailee Magsam – Crookston 1 7 2 X 10
Grace Koshney – Crookston X X 2 1 3