The Pirates matched their longest winning streak of the season Tuesday at two games with a 4-0 win over the Fargo North Spartans in Crookston.
Pirate senior Brianna Breiland continued her hot streak with two goals and an assist. She now has 12 goals and three assists in the last five games. Her 46 goals in 21 games this season ranks her third in the state.
“We really like what we see from (Kaitlin) Spivey up on forward, she is very aggressive on the forecheck and not afraid to be physical,” Pirate head coach Jeff Perreault explained about his recent lineup changes. “(Sabrina) Delorme is one of the best players we have taking the the draw, which can be so crucial in close games. She will also provide a much needed scoring punch to our forward lines. (Brooke) Schmitz played some defense for the Pirates last season and I was interested in seeing her back at that spot again. I think she will better serve us playing forward moving into the playoffs. The one people question the most is putting Breiland back on D and the coaches have had several conversations with her regarding this and she likes playing D. We, as coaches, have given her the green light when it comes to rushing the puck and she is still scoring goals. The other aspect that we like is that it gets one of the most dangerous players in the state on the ice every other shift instead of every third.”
Pirate eighth grade goalie Lexie Cormican recorded 15 saves for the shut out win.
“Goaltending is just one important aspect of the game and we feel we have a very solid player that gives us a chance to win every night in that position,” Perreault said.
Freshman Sabrina Delorme put the Pirates on the board with about three minutes left in the first period with her fourth of the season on an assist from Breiland.
Breiland scored both her goals in the second period with the first at the 5:49 mark and the second with eight seconds left on assists from sophomore Abby Parr and eighth grader Macy Strem.
Junior Lizzy Awender scored the lone goal of the third period at the 9:33 mark on an assist from freshman Leah Trostad.
Olivia Pladson recorded 38 saves in goal for Fargo North.
“Part of the win one, lose one pattern is our schedule,” Perreault said. “We play a lot of good teams and on any given night and if we don't play well we can get beat. We have been preaching mental preparation and making sure our practices are performed with game speed and intensity. Starting next week in section tournament play is the only time stringing wins together really matters and hopefully we are prepared to do that.”
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Now 11-10 on the season, the Pirates have a huge date with the Green Wave Thursday in East Grand Forks. The winner will likely lock in the third seed in the section playoffs.