The Grand Forks KnightRiders answered the bell Thursday with a 4-2 win over the Pirates, answering both of Crookston's goals in a combined 14 seconds in the 2nd annual Pirate Holiday Classic.
"I thought we played well," said Pirate head coach Jeremy Lubinski. "They capitalized on our mistakes. We let checks go off our two faceoffs and you can't do that."
The Pirates held a 31-14 advantage in shots.
Crookston fell to 6-6 on the season and will face Fargo South today at 7:30 p.m.
"We had our scoring chances and quality shots too," Lubinski said. "Their goalie played really well."
Crookston had a five-minute power play early in the second period but couldn't convert.
"We need to capitalize on that five-minute power play," said Lubinski. "It hurt and we had some frustration."
Following a scoreless first period, senior Brianna Breiland scored her 30th goal of the season on a rebound from a shot by junior Amber Trostad with 43 seconds left in the second period. Senior Katlin Spivey also assisted on the play.
Grand Forks answered just seven seconds later, though, off the faceoff on a goal by Lexi O'Halloran.
The KnightRiders took a 2-1 lead at the 3:32 mark of the third period on a goal by Liz Kratochvll.
The Pirates tied it with 3:34 left, on what looked to be a momentum-changing goal, by junior Lizzy Awender when she crashed the net and punched in her own rebound for her third goal of the season.
"That was a hard-working goal, going to the net and putting it in," Lubinski explained.
Instead, O'Halloran answered again seven seconds later off a faceoff with 3:27 left.
The Pirates earned a power play with 2:55 remaining but failed to capitalize.
The KnightRiders sealed the game with 34 seconds left on an empty-net goal by Nicole Novak.
Eighth grader Lexie Cormican recorded ten saves in goal for Crookston. Brelyn Swendseid had 29 saves for Grand Forks.
The Pirates face Fargo South today at 7:30 p.m. in the finale of the tournament.
Pirate Holiday Classic scores
Thursday, Dec. 27
Page 2 of 2 - East Grand Forks def. Fargo South, 5-4
Park Rapids def. Jamestown, 3-1
Minot def. Mandan, 5-1
Grand Forks def. Crookston 4-2
Friday, Dec. 28
Park Rapids vs. Mandan, 12 p.m.
Jamestown vs. Grand Forks, 2:30 p.m.
East Grand Forks vs. Minot, 5 p.m.
Fargo South vs. Crookston, 7:30 p.m.