Crookston got two goals from eighth-grader Addie Fee in the third period to lead the Pirates to a 4-1 win over the Northern Lakes Lightning in a girl’s hockey game at the Breezy Point Arena and the second win in a row for Crookston.
Crookston got off to a quick start when the Pirates leading goal scorer, Freshman Reese Swanson keeping a clearing pass from Northern Lakes in the zone and swooped in toward the Lightning’s goal and snuck it past the Northern Lakes goalie for a 1-0 lead. “That is big to get an early first goal,” said Pirate head coach Tim Moe, “when you get an early score like that, it gives you a little more lift playing on the road. Reese made a nice play and went straight for the net and made a nice shot.” Both teams had some chances as the period went along, but both goaltenders were solid. “I thought our speed was outstanding in the period and the entire game,” said Moe, “we were winning the races to the puck, and again it was a good way to start. The Pirates added another goal with two and a half minutes left in the period as the Pirates applied great pressure and then from the point, passing from Jenna Seaver to Rylee Solheim and a scramble in front and sophomore Grace Fischer was able to get to the loose puck and drive it in for a 2-0 lead, and that is the way the period would end. “That was nice to see the third line get the goal there,” said Moe, “they really work hard in the games and practices, and to see Grace able to get that rebound past was great and really a great time before we went into the locker room with a 2-0 lead.”
There was no scoring in the second period, with both teams having some good chances. “Although they didn’t score, I didn’t think we played as well in that period,” said Moe, “Our defense was pinching in a bit that period as everybody was offensive-minded, and that is fine, but you have to make sure that you’re able to get to the puck and not give them odd-man breaks and I thought they had a little more two on ones. Our forwards have to come back to cover when our defensemen jump up into the play. I thought Kailee (Magsam) played well in goal in that period as well as the first period.”
Talk about scoring quickly. It took just:28 seconds, and Fee scored her first goal, grabbing a rebound from a Mackenzie Epema shot, and the rebound bounced to Fee, who was about five feet just a little to the right of the Northern Lakes goal and quickly shot before the goalie could move over and the Pirates led 3-0. “I told Addie after the Bemidji game on Tuesday when she scores her first goal, that would open the flood gates for her,” said Moe, “she’s been a good scorer through the youth programs and had a quick shot there and in the right position.” Northern Lakes, a coop of many schools, mainly Pequot Lakes and Crosby-Ironton, but also Aitkin, Pine River-Backus, would score their only goal just over six minutes into the period as the Pirates did get caught up. The Lightning’s Riley Fogarty was given a nice pass from Elizabeth Peterson at the Pirate blue line, and she skated in and had an open shot from the circle to the right of Magsam and was able to beat her on a nicely placed shot to make it a 3-1 game. “We don’t want to take away the aggressiveness of our team,” said Moe, “but we have to be more cognizant of where everybody is on the ice and not get caught up in those situations.” Just over two minutes later, Fee would strike again for her third goal in the last three games, as Nora Peterson, who just came unto the ice, got the puck in front, and Fee was able to get the puck and again snapped off a quick and accurate shot to make it a 4-1 game. “Catherine Tiedemann, who had quite a night on Thursday with three goals against Bemidji, was not here tonight as she is attending a cousin’s wedding,” said Moe, “so it was nice to see someone pick up the scoring for her and Addie seems to be getting more comfortable as we go along and hopefully it will continue for her.”
Northern Lakes had a breakaway late that was snuffed by Magsam. Then the Lightning pulled their goalie with over two minutes to go, and Crookston had about 10 chances during that time to score, but hitting opponents with a shot, a common theme for the Pirates, shooting wide, they couldn’t get it to go in with Fee having about three chances herself to get a hattrick into the open net. Still, the Pirates settle for a 4-1 victory for their second win in a row, and they’ve scored 11 goals in their last two games. Crookston outshot Northern Lakes 38-21 to keep a good streak going where they’ve outshot their opponents by a good margin. “As I say, our best defensive is a good offense, and that is what we’re doing right now,” said Moe, “I liked our speed tonight, and we played in their end for a lot of the game. The biggest change I’ve seen from this team since the start of the season is the players taking ownership, we have a good mix, and they have really started to cheer for each other. Our captains are leaders, and the seniors have created a good culture. They are working hard and enjoying playing, which we seen tonight and hopefully can keep going the rest of the way.”
Crookston is now 6-7-1 on the season and will try to get to the five hundred mark on Tuesday when they travel to Thief River Falls to play the Prowlers for the third time this season. Thief River Falls has won the first two-game by identical 3-1 scores, and in both games, their third goals came in the last minute with empty-net goals. “I know our team remembers those games, we really played well the last time we played, and shoulda/coulda won, but we didn’t. They are the number two seed right now behind Warroad, but if somebody should get upset or stub their toe later on as we both have a game with Detroit Lakes left, you never know,” said Moe.
Northern Lakes is 4-8 on the year.
JV – Crookston won 6-2
2:53 – Crox – Reese Swanson (8) unassisted
14:33 – Crox – Grace Fischer (2) (Rylee Solheim, Jenna Seaver)
0:28 – Crox – Addie Fee (2) (Aleah Bienek, Mackenzie Epema)
6:18 – NL – Riley Fogarty (Elizabeth Peterson)
8:33 – Crox – Addie Fee (3) (Nora Peterson)
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