The Pirates bounced back after a loss Thursday to Roseau with a 2-0 dominating win over Park Rapids Friday in Crookston. Crookston outshot Park Rapids 56-14 in the Section 8A victory.
"It was a nice win," Pirate co-head coach Jeff Perreault said. "We were nervous coming into this game after a loss last night and getting home late from a long trip. Our defense played really well and kept the puck out to the perimeter."
Since the Dec. 4 road loss to Warroad, the Pirates have alternated wins and losses each game. Crookston is now 8-7 on the season.
Perreault said even though his team only scored two goals on 56 shots he was pleased with the quality opportunities. "The goaltending was solid," he said. "We were getting looks and that's what you look for as a coach. We were mentally tired from the game last night. Park Rapids did a nice job of collapsing to their net and getting a stick on the puck."
Pirate eighth grader Lexie Cormican recorded the shutout in goal with 14 saves. Park Rapids' Shania Johnson had 54 saves. "We had a goalie not felling all that well," noted Perreault. "Lexie had a solid performance. It was nice to see her stay in there and manage a shutout."
The first period saw the Pirates outshoot the Panthers 15-3 but the scoreboard showed a scoreless tie. In the second period senior Brianna Breiland put the Pirates on the board with her 34th goal at the 8:53 mark.
Crookston took a two-goal lead 48 seconds into the third period on a goal by junior Amber Trostad, her second of the season. Freshman Leah Trostad and senior Natasha Skala both assisted.
The Pirates will host Warroad in a huge Section 8A battle Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors won the first meeting 10-0 and is currently 13-1-1 on the season.