"We were rolling again tonight," Pirate head coach Jon Bittner said of his squad's offense.
Senior Dylan Klatt scored back-to-back goals early in the second period to lead the Pirates, who responded well just two days after coughing up a four-goal lead to Warroad, to a 4-1 win over Park Rapids Thursday in Crookston.
"We were rolling again tonight," Pirate head coach Jon Bittner said of his squad's offense. "We have such good movement. The kids know it so well that we can make changes if we need to. These are kids that have played a lot of hockey together.
"We came out tonight and weren't sulking, weren't pouting," Bittner continued referring to the tough loss to Warroad. "These are all important section games down the stretch. These are good kids with good work ethic. We had a sit down yesterday and talked about what we need to do. We need to patch the balloon when those things happen."
The Pirates put one large patch on the balloon with 50 shots on goal Thursday.
Park Rapids junior goalie Cody Brumbaugh was brilliant, recording 46 saves but Crookston senior goalie Landon Stainbrook made 15 saves to earn his team the Section 8A victory.
Pirate senior Brady Heppner continued his hot streak, scoring a goal. He now has seven goals in his last three games and four assists in that stretch too.
After Crookston killed off two Park Rapids power plays, the lone goal of the first period came a split-second after a two-man advantage expired with 1:56 left as senior Ryan Bittner took a pass from Klatt and fired a wrister from the left circle. Brumbaugh made the save but the rebound came to the high slot where Bittner moved to bury it past the glove.
Park Rapids' Noah Macpherson tied the game just 34 seconds into the second period but Klatt responded 46 seconds later on assist from freshman Doug Larson.
Klatt then made it 3-1 about two minutes later with his seventh goal of the season.
Crookston saw numerous chances to extend its lead in the third period and did so with 7:23 left on Heppner's 21st goal of the season from senior linemates Ryan Edevold and Connor Morgan.
The Pirates will travel to Grand Forks Saturday to face Red River. On Tuesday, Crookston will travel to East Grand Forks to take on the rival Green Wave.