The Pirates drop to 2-12 after a 10-0 loss to Dodge County.

    In the final game in 2017, the Crookston Pirates welcomed Dodge County to the Crookston Sports Center for a Saturday night matchup. The Wildcats used their powerful offense to scatter 61 shots on goal and total 10 goals in a shut out win against the Pirates.   

    Dodge County scored early and often with their first goal coming 36 seconds into the game. The Wildcats tacked on another just before the two minute mark and then went on to score three goals in a two minute and forty seconds span for a 5-0 lead in the first period. Another goal with under seven to play in the period gave Dodge County a 6-0 advantage at the first intermission.   

    The Wildcats scored their third power play goal in the second period, but the Pirates were able to limit the damage only allowing one other goal in the frame.   

    “I thought we did a better job of protecting the middle,” Head Coach Jaclyn Martin said. “We were pushing the puck to the outside. Would’ve been nice to get a period with no goals, but our defense did a better job after the first period.”   

    Goals at the beginning and end of the third period gave Dodge County their ninth and 10th goals for the final of 10-0. Senior Pirate goaltender Brelee Jobe stopped 51 of the Wildcats’ shots to notch another impressive performance.   

    “I think she played very well,” Martin said. “It’s crazy how well she moves with her pads. Her kick saves are always on point. She’s always making the first and second save. We just have to do a better job of moving those rebounds.”   

    Despite the 10-0 loss and being outshot 61-3, Martin sees the game as an opportunity for her players to see what possibilities lay ahead for them.   

    “After the first period, they were saying how good [Dodge County] was,” Martin said. “That’s something that we could be. We get older, stronger and faster with more experience and we can be a team like that.”   

    Crookston finished their 2017 schedule with a 2-12 record and Martin hopes some victories will come along with the new year.   

    “I think we’d like to start the new year off with a win,” Martin said. “I think each day, we just need to get better. We have a month and a half of hockey left and you never where we’ll end up.”   

    The Pirates have a good chance to grab a win to kick off 2018 when they head to Devils Lake on Thursday, January 4 for a game at 7 p.m. The Pirates defeated Devils Lake 3-1 when they last played on December 21.