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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Boys' hockey: Pirates record 61 shots in 5-1 win over Eagles

  • Red Lake Falls junior goalie Wyatt Casavan had 56 saves.
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  • The Pirates peppered Red Lake Falls junior goalie Wyatt Casavan with 61 shots Tuesday and came away with a 5-1 Section 8A victory in Red Lake Falls to open the season.
     
    "We played hard and did some real creative and nice things out there," said Pirate head coach Jon Bittner. "Their goalie played outstanding and Red Lake Falls worked hard. They're a very young team that graduated key individuals last year."
     
    Pirate sophomore goalie Parker Epema recorded six saves in the victory.
     
    "I liked our patience with the puck," said Bittner. "We were looking for backdoor shots and things. It was a normal beginning of the season. With more practice and more games we'll get better."
     
    Senior Ryan Edevold got things start nearly three minutes into the first period with a shorthanded goal on assists from seniors Ethan Mercil and Ryan Bittner.
     
    Red Lake Falls freshman Tristan Knott tied it up about four minutes later, but the Pirates popped in two more before the end of the first period. First, senior Brady Heppner scored with 4:12 left on assists from sophomore Chandler St. Michel and senior Connor Morgan. Then, Mercil made it 3-1 with a power play goal about two minutes left with assists from Edevold and Bittner.
     
    Following a scoreless second period, senior Kyle Proulx scored a power play goal with 3:12 left on an assist from junior Kal Salentiny. Salentiny then assisted on the final goal by St. Michel with 21 seconds left.
     
    The Pirates will face Blake Friday in Minneaplis.

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