Crookston’s Catherine Tiedemann scored a goal with 25 seconds left in the game and Kailee Magsam earned a shutout to push the Crookston Pirates over the East Grand Forks Green Wave 1-0 in a Section 8A matchup played at the Crookston Sports Center.
The teams showed their speed in a fast-paced, scoreless first period. Each team took some time to establish their game plans as the first shot on net for either team wasn’t until five minutes into the game. The Pirates’ rolled three lines with each line contributing to the forecheck. “We played sixteen skaters extensively tonight who worked extremely hard,” said Crookston head coach Tim Moe. The Pirate’s strong forecheck gave them plenty of puck possession, as the Green Wave had early struggles leaving their zone. Crookston showed their strength cycling the puck in the offensive zone behind the net, and using the point to get eight shots on the senior goaltender Ashley Corbett. Once East Grand Forks figured out the Crookston forecheck, they showed speed in rushes into the offensive zone, but the Pirates defense held their ground and forced the Green Wave to the outside and only allowed two shots in the first period.
The second period would see the Pirate’s first powerplay opportunity of the game, with Aleah Oshie called for tripping early in the period at the 1:59 mark. The Pirates would apply some pressure, adding three shots, but couldn’t take advantage of the extra skater. Crookston would continue a strong forecheck and a strong presence at the offensive blue line to outshoot East Grand Forks in the second period. The Green Wave would take advantage of a few missteps from the pinching Pirate defense, but couldn’t capitalize on odd-man rushes and the game remained scoreless. Oshie would take another penalty, this time interference, with 16 seconds remaining in the period. The Green Wave would win the faceoff in their zone and ice the puck to end the period still scoreless.
The Pirates started the period with 1:44 left in the powerplay. Even with some time in the Green Wave end, the Pirates did not get a shot on net during the powerplay. Crookston continued with their strong forecheck and slowly started to pull away in shots on goal. The shots were the closest at 18-12 before Crookston would go on an offensive tear, barraging Corbett in the second half of the third period. Both the Pirates and the Green Wave had their fair share of high danger scoring opportunities, with neither finding the back of the net. Both netminders looked untouchable in the third period. Magsam kept the Pirates in the game standing tall on multiple odd-man rushes, including a huge save on a 3 on 0 rush! It looked like we were going into overtime as we were still scoreless in going into the final minute of the third period. The Pirates controlled the puck in the offensive zone, and a scrum for the puck after a blocked Brekken Tull shot had the puck sitting in the slot. Catherine Tiedeman found the puck and whipped it toward the net and it slid past Corbett’s left pad to find the back of the net to break the tie. Coach Moe had this to say about the senior goal scorer, “A kid we’ve been trying to get going, who’s meant the world to this program over the last five or six years, for her to score a goal, and to propel us here the rest of the way.” Crookston would win the faceoff after the goal and skate out the remaining 25 seconds to defeat the Green Wave for the first time in years. Kailee Magsam earned her second shutout of the season.
Crookston improves to 3-4 on the season and will have another big Section 8A match-up with Detroit Lakes (Detroit Lakes defeated East Grand Forks 1-0 earlier this season) on Friday in Crookston. East Grand Forks drops to 1-5 and will take on West Fargo on Thursday.
|East Grand Forks||0||0||0||0|
0:25 – Catherine Tiedemann (Brekken Tull, Nora Peterson)
|Ashley Corbett – EGF||8||10||16||34|
|Kailee Magsam – Crox||2||8||8||18|