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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Girls' hockey: Pirates split first 2 games of season

  • The season continues Tuesday on the road against Thief River Falls.
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  • Pirate Girls' Hockey opened its season this weekend with a 7-4 win over Brainerd/Little Falls Friday in Brainerd and a 3-0 loss at home Saturday to White Bear Lake, who is ranked No. 18 in Class AA.
     
    The season continues Tuesday on the road against Thief River Falls. The puck drops at 5:30 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Prowlers are ranked No. 6 in Class A, while the Pirates are No. 12.
     
    CHS @ Brainerd/Little Falls
    Senior center Brianna Breiland recorded four goals and an assist to lead the Pirates in the season-opening victory.
     
    "We played sound hockey in all the zones and finished when we got chances on net," said Pirate co-head coach Jeff Perreault. "Brianna led the way with four goals but we also had some other names appear on the score sheet. Sidney Erickson played well in her first varsity start. She made a couple athletic post-to-post saves and made the routine stops as well."
     
    Junior goalie Sidney Erickson got her first career varsity start and posted 19 saves in the win. Brainerd/Little Falls' Natalie Berens had 19 saves.
     
    Freshman defenseman Tori Demarais had three assists, while freshman winger Sabrina Delorme and senior defenseman Kaitlin Spivey each had two assists.
     
    Brainerd/Little Falls scored at the 1:04 mark of the first period to take an early lead but the Pirates answered when Breiland scored on an assist from Demarais with 7:26 left in the first period.
     
    Breiland gave Crookston the lead three minutes later on an assist from Spivey, but Brainerd/Little Falls had an answer with about two minutes remaining to tie the game at 2-2.
     
    The Pirates wouldn't be denied a first-intermission lead, though, as junior center Lizzy Awender scored a shorthanded goal with 41 seconds remaining on an assist from junior wing Brooke Schmitz.
     
    Once again, though, Brainerd/Little Falls knotted it up four minutes into the second period to make it 3-3.
     
    The Pirates would take a 6-3 lead into the final period, though, with goals from freshman defenseman Nicole Goosen on a power play, Breiland and senior defenseman Natasha Skala.
     
    Just two minutes into the third period Brainerd/Little Falls cut the deficit to 6-4 but the Pirates held on, adding Breiland's fourth goal on an empty net with 48 seconds left.
     
    The Pirates were 1 of 4 on the power play and Brainerd/Little Falls was 0 for 4.
     
    CHS vs. White Bear Lake
    The Pirates arrived at Crookston Sports Center at 2 a.m. Saturday following their win against Brainerd/Little Falls. Less than 12 hours later they were back on the ice to face White Bear Lake.
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    "I could see it in the players' eyes that they were tired so it was the coaching staff’s job to get the girls fired up," Coach Perreault said. "Once the puck dropped we realized this was going to be a faster tempo game than the night before. The difference in the game was special teams. They ended up getting a shorthanded goal and we had chances on the power play that we didn't capitalize on. We haven't had a lot of practice time with special teams so we will look sharper in future games."
     
    Kristi Longendyke scored two goals to lead White Bear Lake in the shut out of Crookston.
     
    Pirate eighth grade goalie Lexie Cormican had 17 saves in her first career varsity start. White Bear Lake's Angie Hall had 15 saves.
     
    "Lexie played very well for the Pirates in net," Perreault said. "She played 12U hockey last season so we wondered about her ability to make that jump. I thought she looked very comfortable and it will be difficult to keep her out of the varsity line up."
     
    Crookston was 0 for 6 on the power play.

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