A recap of how the young hockey players have been performing this season.
The hard work the kids have been putting in continues to show up on the scoreboard. The boys traveled to Mayville Friday night and came out with an 8-0 win versus the Mayport Ice Dawgs. This was a true, team shutout with the players focusing on defense only allowing 14 shots on goal. The boys continued their hardworking approach on Saturday against Fergus Falls with up and down action and multiple lead changes. After 45 minutes of hockey, the boys had to play another five minutes of overtime and Brandon Colborn scored with 13 seconds remaining to get the win 6-5.
Crookston Squirt B’s hosted the Northern Sky Bank Squirt Classic this weekend at the CSC going 2-2 with teams coming from Winnipeg, Northern Minnesota, North Dakota and the Twin Cities. The boys started off by beating Eastview Blue 4-2 backstopped by strong play from goaltender Brady Chandler. The next two games, the team’s confidence grew leading into Sunday morning’s consolation game against International Falls Gold. The boys played strong including their goalie Teagan Johnson. Scoring come from the defense and great backchecking and forechecking from all three lines up front. This all added up to a 5-1 win over International Falls Gold.
Fri., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 3
The Crookston 10U girls’ hockey team took the championship game at the Hibbing-Chisholm 10U Youth Hockey tournament on Sunday, December 3. In the championship game they defeated River Lakes 6-5 in an exciting finish with a goal scored by Addie Fee, assisted by Miryah Epema, with 2.4 seconds left in the third period to put them over the top. Scoring that game was Fee with four goals and Ashlyn Bailey and Georgia Sanders with one goal each. Epema & Bailey also had one assist each. Natalie Longoria faced nearly 15 quality shots.
They dominated their opponents earlier in the weekend with nearly three shutouts by Longoria and the strong Crookston defense.
South Saint Paul 7-0 (Goals: Epema - 3; Bailey, Fee, Emma LaPlante and Claire McDonald - 1 each -- Assists: Logan Brekken, Karena Longoria -1 each -- SOG: 6)
Forest Lake 11-1 (Goals: Bailey -3; K. Longoria -2; Brekken, Fee, Paige Abrahamson, Alexa Bartrum, Maddie Harbott and Kaylie Clauson - 1 each -- Assists: Sanders, Harbott and LaPlante -1 each -- SOG: 7)
Hibbing-Chisholm 12-0 (Goals: Harbott -3; Bartrum and Fee - 2; Bailey, Sanders, Brekken, K. Longoria, McDonald - 1 each -- Assists: LaPlante - 2; Brekken, Harbott and Ava Martin - 1 each -- SOG: 5)
FRI., DEC. 1
Crookston Peewee B's traveled to Mayville and lost 9-2. Crookston was down five shots after the first period but came back to score one in both the second and third periods. Scoring was Kadin Edwards (assisted by Jackson Demarais) and Jackson Reese (unassisted). Goalie Jackson Dauksavage saw 40 shots, saving 31.
SUN., DEC. 3
Crookston Peewee B's again faced Roseau at the Roseau Memorial Ice Arena. Again, they tied 2-2 in overtime. Crookston was penalty-ridden in OT, but held Roseau scoreless. Goalie Jaren Bailey saw 37 shots, saving 35. Scoring for Crookston was Ashton Shockman (unassisted) and Lucas Miller, assisted by Koda Donarski.
This past weekend the Crookston 12U participated in the Hibbing-Chisolm 12U tournament.
The first game was against Rosemount. They were trailing 3-2 going into the third period but came out strong after period break and scored three straight goals to win the game 5-3.
Their second opponent was Eagan/Inver Grove Heights. The girls skated better than the final score showed, bit they could not find the back of the net. The final score was 8-1 Eagan/IGH.
Their third game was against Hibbing/Chisolm in the Memorial Arena. This was a very old barn style arena. Both the kids and coaches thought it was a pretty cool arena to play in. They started out strong and the game was scoreless for about half of the first period. Hibbing ended up winning by a score of 11-0 and went on to win the championship.
In the final game of the weekend, they faced River Lakes. Once again, they were trailing 3-2 going into the third period. After period break, the girls came out to win and controlled the game from that point on. The 12U scored five straight goals to cruise to a 7-3 win.
Crookston Bantam B's were at home this past weekend and hosted Bagley on Saturday, December 2nd and won in overtime 7-6. Jack Doda had the overtime goal and Noah Dragseth had 30 saves. On Sunday, December 3rd, the Bantams dominated Warroad in a 10-1 win. Kaleb Thingelstad had five goals and Carter Nelson had 13 saves. The Crookston Bantams currently are 3-0 for their district games. The Bantam's will face EGF on Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at the CSC.