See which team took home tourney gold and the players of the weekend.
This weekend the mite white played at Red Lake Falls. The boys came out flying scoring three of the first four goals. This Mite White team again has made forward strides. The game was very exciting. Scoring this weekend was Lucas Helgeson, Noah Chandler, Jacob Biermaier twice and Bladen Melsa. Caden Perry played goalie and did a fantastic job. This team, although very young, has made great improvement every week, their attitudes have been fantastic and the work ethic has been great. They will be busy this coming Saturday playing four games in Bagley in the first Jamboree of the season.
The Mite Blues traveled to Red Lake Falls on Saturday and played a strong game coming out on top with a 9-1 victory. Scoring goals for the Mite Blues were Grant Funk, Hudson Rick, Cameron Duncan and Ryan Clauson. Once again, Tony Elbinger played a strong game in the net stopping some quality shots from the slot area.
The 8U was off this past weekend. The 8U will play RLF and TRF on Saturday.
After being off last week the boys were excited to play some hockey this weekend. They started with two district games at home on Saturday. First up was Warroad and the score was tied 3-3 after two periods. In the third period, Crookston found their legs and outscored Warroad 3-1, ending the game with a nice district win over Warroad 6-4. Scoring for Crookston was Michael Bochow (1g), Brandon Colborn (1g, 1a), Mason Reitmeier (1g), Ryan Street (2g 1a), Tate Hamre (1g), Jay Reese (2a) and Greyson Ecker (1a). Dylan Thode stopped 23 shots for the win.
The second game on Saturday was against a very talented Bemidji team ranked 13th in the state. The boys came out strong and skated 2-2 with Bemidji after the first period, but could not keep up that pace over the next two periods and fell to the Lumberjacks 10-3. Scoring for Crookston was Tate Hamre (1g), Mason Reitmeier (1g), Brandon Colborn (1g), Jay Reese (2a) and Wyatt Cordts (1a). Parker Kelly stopped 32 shots.
Sunday’s game was against another very talented team in West Fargo. The boys skated hard, but found themselves down 5-1 halfway through the second period. However, they continued to battle and showed a lot of heart holding West Fargo to only one more goal for a final score of 6-2. Scoring for Crookston was Jay Reese (1g), Ryan Street (1g), Wyatt Cordts (1a) and Riley Benson (1a). Dylan Thode and Parker Kelly combined to stop 33 shots.
Crookston played in three tough district matchups this past week. Thief River Falls came to the CSC for a Thursday night matchup. The boys battled hard against a tough goaltender and eventually fell 8-3 to the visitors with Crookston’s goals coming from Alex Mattson, Conner Hanson (Cody Demarais assist) and Gavin Aakhus.
Friday night, Warroad came to town for a prime time district battle. It was a defensive battle, Warroad put on heavy offensive pressure, but could not solve Crookston's hot goalie play from Brady Chandler. It was scoreless going into the second period, where Conner Hanson was able to find the back of the net to put Crookston up 1-0. Warroad would answer just 27 seconds later tying it up 1-1 after two periods of play. Gavin Aakhus put Crookston back in front early in the third period. Dexter Janek led the strong defensive play with five blocked shots, to include two that prevented Warroad from scoring on a wide open net. His superb defensive play was enough to earn him Crookston's player of the week. The strong defensive play would eventually give way to two late period goals by Warroad including the game winner with just 12.2 seconds remaining in the game. Crookston lost 3-2.
Saturday night, Crookston looked to rebound from a heartbreaking loss the night before as they traveled up to Thief River Falls. They came out flat and failed to get anything going in TRF. They eventually lost 9-0 to a TRF team they previously beat at home.
The boys are anxious to have a good week of practice and get back to playing a higher level of hockey when they travel to Brainerd to participate in the "Battle of the Blade" tournament.
The Crookston 10U girls had a great weekend hosting two games with Hibbing/Chisholm and winning 10-1 on Saturday and 3-0 on Sunday. Scoring was Ashlyn Bailey (5g), Maddie Harbott (2g, 1a), Logan Brekken (2g), Addie Fee (1g), JoJo Wallace (1g), Hattie Weiland (1g), Kaylie Clauson (1g), Miryah Epema (1a) and Alexa Bartrum (1a). Goalie Natalie Longoria had 21 saves on the weekend, which included one shutout.
The 10U girls will host Grand Forks on Friday night at 6:00 p.m.
The Peewee boys went 2-2 this past week. On Thursday night they hosted Thief River Falls and beat them 4-1. TRF came out scoring first, but the boys bounced back scoring four unanswered goals by Ty Larson (assisted by Jackson Demarias and Lucas Miller), Jackson Reese (assisted by Nathan Kelly and Zachary Tahran) and two unassisted goals by Carter Trudeau and Jayden Steinbrink. Goalie Jackson Dauksavage saved 11 of 12 shots.
On Saturday, the boys traveled to take on Moorhead Black. Moorhead came out strong scoring two goals in the first period and another in the second. The boys regrouped after the period break and midway through the third, Nathan Kelly (unassisted) scored. A few minutes later, a scrum in front of the net found Moorhead's last goal of the night resulting in a 4-1 loss. Goalie Jaren Bailey stayed busy saving 48 of 52 shots.
Sunday, the Peewees traveled to take on two East Grand Forks teams. Early in the day, they faced EGF Red. EGF came out firing early in the first period scoring three unanswered goals, but the boys stepped it up and shut them down from scoring the rest of the game. The game became very physical with EGF serving 27 penalty minutes to Crookston's 10. Though there were many power plays, the boys struggled to find the back of the net until late in the third when Kaleb Armstrong (assisted by Zachary Tahran) zinged one by the EGF goalie. The final score was 3-1. Crookston goalie Jaren Bailey again saw numerous quality shots saving another 40 of 43.
In the last game of the weekend, the boys took on EGF White at the Civic Center. The boys had control of the game from the start winning 6-1. The first goal was scored on a power play in the first period by Jayden Steinbrink (assisted by Kadin Edwards). Then again in the second, Steinbrink slapped in his second of the night off Edward's rebound followed by another by Ashton Schockman (assisted by Blake Melsa). Late in the second period, EGF scored their only point of the night, but it was quickly answered by a goal by Nathan Kelly (assisted by Thor Harbott). The third period gave Crookston two additional goals by Kaleb Armstrong (assisted by Zachary Tahran and Kelly) and Shockman (assisted by Melsa) scored his second of the night. Goalie Jackson Dauksavage stood solid saving 22 of 23 shots.
The Peewees have three home games this coming week against Red Lake Falls at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, and Saturday versus Bemidji at 11:00 a.m. and Warroad at 4:15 p.m.
The Crookston 12U team hosted the Grand Forks Wild on Friday night. The girls worked extremely hard, but fell in overtime 3-2. On Sunday, the team traveled to Roseau and got behind early. After the slow start, the second half of the game was competitive but they had troubles finding the back of the net and ultimately lost 7-1. The 12U are off this weekend.
The Crookston Bantams hosted their home tournament this weekend. On Friday afternoon, Crookston defeated Virginia 7-0. Noah Dragseth picked up his first shutout of the season in goal. Scoring for Crookston was Peyton Swanson (2g), Jack Doda (2g), Kaleb Thinglestad (2g) and Alex Longoria (1g). Assisting on the goals were Gavin Anderson (1a), Peyton Swanson (2a), Alex Longoria (1a), Kaleb Thinglestad (2a) and Blaine Andringa (1a).
On Saturday morning, Crookston defeated the Winnipeg Winterhawks 6-0. Carter Nelson picked up his first shutout of the season. Scoring for Crookston was Peyton Swanson (1g), Kaleb Thinglestad (2g), Gavin Anderson (1g), Noah Kiel (1g) and Jack Doda (1g). Assists went to Andringa (1a), Doda (2a), Swanson (2a), Anderson (1a), Kiel (1a), Zach Johnson (1a), Longoria (1a) and Sam Stewart (1a).
Saturday afternoon, Crookston defeated the St.Vital Warriors 6-0 to remain undefeated in pool play. Noah Dragseth had the shutout. Scoring for Crookston was Alex Longoria (2g), Peyton Swanson (2g), Sam Stewart (1g) and Noah Kiel (1g). Assists went to Doda (2a), Thingelstad (1a), Andringa (1a), Johnson (1a) and Gabe Montieth (1a).
Sunday morning, Crookston faced off against Redwood Valley and won 5-2. Crookston goals came from Sam Stewart (1), Alex Longoria (1), Peyton Swanson (1), Gavin Anderson (1) and Kaleb Thingelstad (1). Assisting on goals were Longoria (1), Doda (3) and Kiel (1).
Sunday afternoon, Crookston played the Proctor Rails in the championship game and were victorious with a 4-3 win. Scoring goals for Crookston were Alex Longoria (2g), Noah Kiel (1g) and Jack Doda (1g). Assisting on goals were Stewart (1a), Doda (2a) and Longoria (1a). Thank you to all the fans, sponsors, and volunteers who made this tournament a success.
The Bantams will go to TRF on Thursday and host LOW and Park Rapids on Saturday.