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  • Boys' hockey: Pirates trounce Eveleth-Gilbert 8-0, fall 4-0 to Marshall

  • Against Eveleth-Gilbert senior Ryan Bittner had three goals and two assists. Junior Justin Cameron made his season debut and had two assists.
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  • The Pirates have been on a blistering scoring pace this season, averaging more than six goals in six games, going into Saturday's matchup with Duluth Marshall, who is ranked No. 6 in Class A.
    That average took a hit, though, as Duluth Marshall silenced the Pirates with a 4-0 win in Duluth.
    On Friday, the Pirates defeated Eveleth-Gilbert 8-0 in Eveleth.
    Against Eveleth-Gilbert senior Ryan Bittner had three goals and two assists. Junior Justin Cameron made his season debut and had two assists. He underwent an appendectomy before the season.
    The Pirates have been on fire on the power play this season, going 13 for 26 and adding four shorthanded goals.
    Now 5-2 on the season, Crookston will be on the road Tuesday to face Park Rapids before hosting East Grand Forks Thursday at approximately 7:30 p.m.
    CHS @ E-G
    Pirate freshman Adam Huglen earned the shut-out victory with ten saves. Chad Hietela had 40 saves in goal for Eveleth-Gilbert.
    Neither team scored in the first period but the Pirates exploded for six goals in the second period, including four power play goals on a five-minute man advantage and one shorthanded.
    Bittner got it all going with a shorthanded goal at 3:35 on an assist from senior Connor Morgan.
    Senior Ryan Edevold scored less than two minutes later on a power play with assists from junior Brady Heppner and Bittner.
    Senior Ethan Mercil scored about a minute and a half after that on a power play with assists from Bittner and senior Kyle Proulx.
    Bittner notched his second, just two seconds after Mercil's, on a power play with an assist from Heppner.
    Sophomore Chandler St. Michel got the fourth power play goal at 8:32 with assists going to Morgan and Heppner.
    Senior Curtis Regan made it 6-0 at 10:20 with assists from senior Dylan Klatt and junior Kal Salentiny.
    In the third, Heppner made it 7-0 at the 1:37 mark with assists from Regan and Cameron. Bittner notched his third goal at 8:30 on an assist from Cameron.
    CHS @ DM
    Duluth Marshall scored at the 1:07 mark of the first period on a goal from Matthew Klassen. Anthony Miller gave Duluth Marshall a 2-0 lead with a goal at 15:42.
    Bittner was awarded a penalty shot at the 7:30 mark but was unable to convert.
    Klassen recorded his second goal at the 6:07 mark of the second period but seven seconds later was hit with a five-minute major for spearing and a game ejection.
    The Pirates failed to convert on the man advantage, though, and Duluth Marshall finished the scoring at 4:55 of the third period on a goal by Kris Mckinzie.
    Page 2 of 2 - Huglen had 37 saves in the loss, while Alex Murray had 20 saves in goal for Duluth Marshall.
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