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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Boys' hockey: Pirates lose 4-1 to Prowlers

  • After starting the season 4-0, the Pirates have now gone 5-5 in their last ten games and without two consecutive wins in that stretch.
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  • Thief River Falls defeated Crookston Saturday 4-1 in the finale of the Ralph Engelstad Arena Holiday Classic between two Section 8A rivals.
     
    After starting the season 4-0, the Pirates have now gone 5-5 in their last ten games and without two consecutive wins in that stretch.
     
    "We made three mistakes and they capitalized on all three of them," said Pirate head coach Jon Bittner. "We played hard and that's what we'll focus on. They are all correctable mistakes.
     
    "We had a great first period and a great third period," Bittner continued. "In the second period it swung. They pounded us and they started to monopolize play in our zone."
     
    The Pirates were shooting high, which created opportunities for the Prowlers.
     
    "The object is to shoot and grind out a rebound," said coach Bittner. "Our shots were going high and wide and that created opportunities for Thief River Falls. We would be driving to the net and get caught."
     
    Freshman Adam Huglen recorded 26 saves in goal for the Pirates. Tanner Holmes earned the win in goal for the Prowlers, stopping 21 shots.
     
    Crookston finished 1 of 3 on the power play, while Thief River Falls was 0 for 4.
     
    "We're fine," explained Bittner. "Our kids know how to win and they're not happy. That's what they should be after a game like this."
     
    After a scoreless first period, Logan Engelstad and Ian Lund capitalized on Pirate miscues late in the second period and put the Prowlers up 2-0 with goals at the 14:41 mark and 15:31 mark, respectively.
     
    At the 7:10 mark of the third period Adam Pancoast gave Thief River Falls a 3-0 lead.
     
    Pirate senior center Ryan Edevold put his team on the board, his eighth goal of the season, about three minutes later with a power play goal, assisted by senior Kyle Proulx and junior Justin Cameron.
     
    Crookston couldn't get any closer in the final seven minutes.
     
    Pancoast scored an empty-net goal with 38 seconds left to make it 4-1.
     
    Irondale
    Five different Pirates scored on Friday as they defeated Irondale 5-2 in Thief River Falls.
     
    Junior Parker Epema earned the victory in goal for the Pirates with 15 saves. Esko Aukee had 33 saves for Irondale.
     
    Freshman Doug Larson got his fourth goal of the season at the 4:11 mark of the first period on an assist from senior Ryan Bittner.
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    Barrett Reif tied the game about a minute later but the Pirates grabbed a 2-1 lead before the intermission with an unassisted goal by Bittner at the 7:14 mark.
     
    A power play goal with 4:25 left in the second period by Irondale's Tony Bridgeman tied the game at 2-2, but with 1:17 left senior Brady Heppner scored a power play goal, his 12th of the season, for Crookston with Bittner assisting.
     
    The Pirates pulled away in the third with a goal by senior Dylan Klatt at the 4:08 mark, assisted by seniors Curtis Regan and Cam Leas. Junior Justin Cameron scored the final goal about two minutes later, his first of the season, with assists from seniors Kyle Proulx and Ethan Mercil.
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