Eric Delorme and Ethan Magsam scored their team-leading seventh goals on the season and Ben Trostad notched his team-high 11th assist.
Crookston saw an opportunity to win five games in a row slip away against Fargo North as the Pirates surrendered four unanswered goals. The following day, Crookston, took on Chippewa Falls of Wisconsin hoping to grab another win in the final game of the tournament in Thief River Falls. The Pirates used three different players to earn their trio of goals and held off a rally by Chippewa Falls in the third period to win their fifth game in six contests.
Both teams played a busy first period with the teams combining for three goals. Junior forward Eric Delorme put the Pirates on the board first with a goal assisted by senior defenseman Ben Trostad. The score gave Delorme his seventh goal which is tied for the team lead.
The Pirates doubled their lead with just over six minutes to play in the period when sophomore forward Ben Andringa scored his sixth goal of the season assisted by junior defenseman Jake Anderson.
Chippewa Falls chipped away at the Crookston lead with a goal less than two minutes later and went into the first intermission trailing 2-1.
The Pirates added to their lead in the second period with a goal by senior forward Ethan Magsam assisted by Delorme and Trostad. The goal gave Magsam his seventh on the year and the assist by Trostad gave him a team-leading 11th.
Chippewa Falls attempted to mount a comeback with a goal in the final two minutes of the game, but Crookston’s defense closed out the game for a 3-2 win.
Senior goaltender Cade Salentine recorded 14 saves and the Pirates outshot Chippewa Falls 42-16.
The win gave the Pirates their fifth win in six games and a record of 7-4. The run has put Crookston at a plus-5 goal differential outscoring their opponents 39-34. The Pirates also outshoot their opponents 322-309 and kill over 80 percent of opponents’ power plays.
Crookston will next take the ice on Friday, January 5 against Fergus Falls with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. The following day, the Pirates head to Detroit Lakes for an afternoon matchup against the Lakers at 1 p.m.
The Pirates will return home on Tuesday, January 9 when they play Bemidji at 7:30 p.m.