Eric Delorme scored twice in the loss.

    The Crookston Pirates boys’ hockey team started their season at home on Friday, December 1 against the Sartell Sabres. Trailing 3-1, the Pirates mounted a come back and tied the game in the second period, but eventually fell to the Sabres by a finals score of 5-3.   

    The Sabres got on the board first with a goal in the first four minutes of the game.   

    Eric Delorme tied the game at one apiece with assists from Jake Anderson and Drew Dragseth minutes later.   

    The two teams went into the first intermission tied 1-1, but Sartell came out quickly in the second period with a score. The Sabres added another goal nine minutes later.   

    With four minutes to play in the second period, the Pirates got a breakaway goal by Delorme assisted by Ben Andringa and Drew Dragseth to inch closer.    

    Less than thirty seconds later, Joe Doda took the ricochet shot and tapped the puck in to tie the game at 3-3 assisted by Ethan Magsam.    

    Head Coach Josh Hardy commented on the sudden offensive explosion he saw from his team.   

    “I called a timeout and they just came out and scored, I don’t really know what happened,” Hardy said. “I didn’t really say anything to them other than we are a lot better than how we were playing. Eric gets a good opportunity on a great pass from Drew Dragseth. Then Magsam hangs on to the puck patiently and slides it back to Doda. That’s something that’s good to see early in the season.”   

    The game went into the third period tied 3-3, but Sartell added a two goals in the period with the first coming on a power play. The second goal of the period came with less than two minutes to play clinching the win for the Sabres.    

    The Pirates managed to keep the game close despite being outshot 31-15 on the night in which goalie Cade Salentine recorded 26 saves.    

    “Cade does a great job holding us in games,” Hardy said. “There are going to be games when we get outshot and win and there will be some when we get outshot and we’re going to lose. We’re not going to be a team that wins the time of possession battle so we’re going to have to take advantage of opportunities like that. If we can do that, then we’re going to be successful against anyone we play.”   

    At 0-1, the Pirates will play host to the Warroad Warriors on Tuesday, December 5. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.