Doug Larson assisted on both Pirate goals and Alec Boike recorded nine saves.
The Pirates edged East Grand Forks Tuesday 2-1 in Crookston behind goals from Guthrie Dingmann and Blake Brekken.
Freshman Doug Larson assisted on both Pirate goals.
Pirate senior goalkeeper Alec Boike recorded nine saves.
"That was a big game for us," Pirate Head Coach Don Cox said after the win. "[The Pirates] played very, very well. This gives us a lot of confidence. We really messed up East Grand's game plan. We didn't let them get anything going. We usually had two to three guys on them all the time. Their corner kicks were not effective for them. We were doing a good job on marks keeping them away from the net."
Dingmann scored in the 37th minute to give Crookston a 1-0 lead.
"The first one was Guthrie in the first half on a cross passfrom Doug Larson," Coach Cox said. "Guthrie brought it down and managed to get a shot off and it just went straight as an arrow right into net behind the goalie, who was just standing there."
Brekken put the Pirates up 2-0 in the 61st minute, outrunning everyone to get to a loose ball.
"That was all speed," Cox said. "Blake outran them to get to the ball, took two or three touches and turned at a good angle on the far right side. He booted it and it went in on the far left post."
East Grand Forks cut the deficit in half in the final minute on a goal by Josh Regorrah.
"Alec Boike had quite a few saves, tipping the ball over top of the bar few times," Cox said. "In the final minute he got it covered up but as he was getting up he was bumped from behind and as he fell forward the ball bounced out and they kicked it in."
Brandon Johnson recorded 11 saves in net for the Green Wave.
The Pirates, 3-10-1 on the season, are in sixth place of seven teams in the section standings. East Grand Forks, now 5-9-1 on the season, is in the fourth place.
The regular season finishes up Saturday when the Pirates travel to Hibbing.