It was goals galore for the 12U girls along with many other youth hockey teams over the weekend.
The Mite White team, although young, has made some great strides in progression during these last two weeks and are still very exciting to watch. Davon Janek had a hat trick Saturday and Blair Johnson and Caden Perry scored on Sunday. Scoring the weekend before was Bladen Melsa, Caden Perry and Tucker Lubinski. The Mite White will host Roseau on Saturday.
The Mite Blue lost a pair to East Grand Forks. The Mite Blue will host Roseau on Saturday and travel to Bagley and Bemidji on Sunday.
Crookston 8U had a great weekend defeating EGF both Saturday and Sunday. The girls played hard and very well together but most of all they had fun out there. Saturday’s win over EGF was 10-8 with Sydney McDonald and Adley Vigness as the Pirates lead scorers. Saturday’s game was goalie Rilynn Aubols’ first game and she was a stone wall. We could not be more proud of how she stepped up from the start. It was a very close game throughout all three periods but EGF could not stop the Pirates from taking the lead.
Sunday’s 11-4 win over EGF came a little easier and they played well together. Rilynn had another great game recording many saves . Lead scorers were Vigness, McDonald and Catelyn Maruska. Huge shout out to Catelyn scoring her first two goals of her career. Great weekend for our lady Pirates. This Saturday, they face off against Roseau at noon and 3:45 p.m.
Crookston had a busy weekend full of district rivalries. The boys opened up against EGF on Friday. It was a hard fought battle from the drop of the puck until the final horn. Crookston skated hard all game, but ended up losing the contest by a final score of 7-4 against a very tough EGF squad. Crookston worked as a team on both defense and offense, nothing came easy for EGF. Crookston goals came from four different players, Evan Shockman assisted by Riley Helgeson, Gavin Aakhus scored unassisted, Conner Hanson buried a beautiful pass from Evan Shockman and Aiden Fisketjon was able to find the back of the net on a pass from Gavin Aakhus.
Crookston's first game on Saturday was against the visiting team from Roseau. This was a true battle from both teams. Aakhus scored early to tie the game 1-1 in the first period. Crookston would not be able to beat a hot goalie after that, failing to find the back of the net on six solid scoring chances, including four breakaways. Roseau was able to capitalize at key moments as they chipped away at the Crookston squad who fell 8-1.
Crookston came out determined to get back in the win column against another district rival, Thief River Falls. Crookston got on the board first when Alex Mattson put one past the TRF net-minder. TRF would score the next three taking the lead deep into the first period, but Hanson found the back of the net from a beautiful display of passing from Cody Demarais and Shockman. That sparked a flurry of Crookston offense as they would score the next five goals, but TRF was able to score a late goal with just 8.3 seconds to play in the second period as Crookston took a 7-4 lead into the 3rd period. Aakhus was able to score quickly on a tic-tac-toe play from Hanson and Dexter Janek which ended up being too much for TRF as Crookston got a much anticipated win 8-6. Hanson lead Crookston scoring with an amazing five goals and one assist in the game, Aakhus had two goals and one assist, Mattson had one goal and Demarais had two assists. Also recording assists were Shockman and Janek.
The Squirts started off the new year with the northern road swing of Warroad, Baudette and Roseau. The first game was Saturday morning in the Warroad Gardens Arena. The boys skated hard and used a lot of energy to battle back after being down 1-0 then 2-1 to score three unanswered goals to secure a 4-2 win. Scoring for Crookston was Teagen Lubinski (unassisted), Isaiah Donarksi (unassisted), Jay Reese (assisted by Connor Maruska) and Ryan Street (unassisted). Dylan Thode stopped 14 shots for the win.
The second game of the day the boys competed but did not have much energy left falling 8-0 to Baudette. Parker Kelly and Thode combined for 24 saves.
Sunday afternoon playing in the Roseau Memorial Arena, the boys found themselves on the wrong side of a scoring race eventually falling to Roseau 9-5. Scoring for Crookston was Street (2, assisted by Bochow), Greyson Ecker (assisted by Colborn and Reese), Donarski (assisted by Maruska) and Maruska (assisted by Hamre). Kelly stopped 20 shots.
After a weekend of no games, the Crookston 10U girls will have four games this coming weekend, January 12-14. They will face East Grand Forks at 6 p.m. on Friday, then travel to Fargo-Moorhead on Saturday to take on the Fargo Freeze 10UA at 11:15 a.m. and Moorhead 10UA at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, the girls are back home to host Fargo Freeze at 3:15 p.m.
The Crookston Peewees hosted their home tournament last weekend, going 2-2 and taking fifth place.
On Friday afternoon, they dominated Aberdeen, SD beating them 10-0. Scoring that game was Kadin Edwards (2), Kaleb Armstrong (2), Thor Harbott (1 goal, 1 assist), Drake Lord (1 goal, 1 assist), Koda Donarski (1 goal, 1 assist), Jackson Demarais (1 goal, 1 assist), Lucas Miller (1), Carter Trudeau (1). Ashton Shockman, Jackson Reese and Jayden Steinbrink each recorded one assist. Goalie Jaren Bailey earned the shutout saving six shots.
Saturday morning they faced the St. Adolphe Hawks, losing 2-0. The Hawks scored in the second period and again on an empty net late in the third. Crookston outshot the Hawks in the last period, but could not find the back of the net. Goalie Jackson Dauksavage saved 14 of 15 shots.
Saturday afternoon, the Peewees again faced another Canadian team, the St. Vital Bruins, where they struggled to find scoring opportunities, losing 2-0. The Bruins scored in the first and third periods, and Bailey saved 26 of 28 shots.
In the final game of the tournament on Sunday morning, the Peewees defeated Fargo Angels Black 4-2 taking fifth place. Scoring that game was Shockman (1 goal, 1 assist), Trudeau (1), Lord (1), Demarais (1). Nathan Kelly, Reese and Edwards tallied one assist each. Dauksavage saved 14 of 16 shots.
The Peewees will host three home games this week - Thursday versus Red Lake Falls at 7 p.m. and Saturday versus Hallock at 10:30 a.m. and Lake of the Woods at 4 p.m. On Sunday, they will travel to West Fargo for a 2:15 p.m. game.
The Crookston 12U girls went undefeated this past weekend at the Bismarck Capitals Cup Tournament and took home first place. The 12U's first game of the tournament was against the Regina Panthers. Crookston came out strong, skated hard and won 8-0. Jenna Seaver, Reese Swanson, Morgan Nelson, Stella Frantz and Cassie Solheim had goals. Kyrie Schehr had a shut-out.
After a good nights rest, Crookston took on the Aberdeen Cougars. Crookston dominated the entire game and won 11-1. Later that afternoon, the girls faced the Dickinson Lady Outlaws and won 7-2. To finish off the day, the Crookston 12U girls took on the Bottineau Stars and won 13-0. Karlie Arthur had a shut-out making playing three games in one day look easy. Ten of their 11 skaters scored goals in these three games.
On Sunday, Crookston faced the Lady Outlaws again in the championship game. Crookston came out strong and scored two goals within the first five minutes of the game. Throughout the entire game, the girls continued to skate and pass the puck well. Crookston won the championship game 7-1. Grace Fischer, Solheim and Swanson scored goals.
The 12U girls’ performance this weekend was outstanding. They played as a team and were rewarded. This weekend, the 12U will host their home tournament with games starting at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Crookston Bantams went 1-2 on the weekend. On Thursday, Crookston was defeated by RLF 8-4. Carter Nelson and Noah Dragseth both split time in goal. On Saturday, Crookston traveled to West Fargo Bantam A and were defeated 4-3. Nelson had a solid game in net and Alex Longoria had a set of goals. Sunday afternoon, Crookston faced off against District 16 opponent Roseau and won 3-2. Crookston remains undefeated in District 16 play. The Bantams will travel to Bagley and Park Rapids this weekend for a pair of games.