Second period goals propels Bemidji over Crookston.

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Despite an evenly-matched first period, the Crookston Pirates boys hockey team could not keep the Bemidji Lumberjacks at bay in a 7-0 loss Tuesday evening at the Bemidji Community Center.

    “I was pretty happy with our performance for the most part,” Pirates head coach Josh Hardy said. “When you play a team with the talent that Bemidji has, if you make a mistake they are going to make you pay.”

    Neither team could score in the first period of the game.

    However, Bemidji found its stride by scoring five goals, two of which came on power plays, to take a 5-0 lead.

    Bemidji scored two more in the third frame to ultimately take the 7-0 win.

    Bemidji senior forward scored both goals in the third period while five others scored in the second frame.

    “Bemidji is one of the top teams in the state talent-wise and they are finally starting to play like it,” Hardy said. “I’m glad we showed that we could hang with them for a while but we have to find a way to do that for a whole game.”

    Crookston goalkeeper Thomas Cymbaluk made 28 saves throughout the game while Bemidji goalkeeper Matt Fitzgerald made 15 at the opposite end.

    The Pirates fall to 4-11 on the year with Tuesday’s loss.

    Crookston returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to take on Park Rapids Area at the Crookston Sports Center.

    “Looking forward to a strong effort from our team,” Hardy said. “The only thing we can control is our compete level. If we come out and compete like we’re capable of the outcome will take care of itself.”