Kylee Meier scored her first goal of 2018 and Brelee Jobe stopped 44 shots in her final game as a Pirate.
As the sixth seed in the section tournament, Crookston knew they would take the ice against East Grand Forks for the third time this season. After losing the previous two matchups 10-0, the Pirates played their best game against the Green Wave losing 6-1. Although their season ended, Head Coach Jaclyn Martin saw the game as a moral victory.
“I went in to last night’s game thinking if we could hold the Wave to 1-2 goals per period, it’s a win for us,” Martin said. “Defensively, it was our best effort all season. Our four defensemen were sound proof and not to mention the efforts of Brelee. She had to make some breakaway saves and also those saves where we got caught and were gassed.”
The Pirates heeded their coaches wishes allowing two goals in each period. Trailing 4-0 in the third period, Crookston scored their first goal against the Green Wave all season. Sophomore forward Kylee Meier beat the goalie and freshman forwards Catherine Tiedemann and MacKenze Epema earned their 10th and 12th assists.
Meier had missed time due to an injury and the goal was her first goal since December 21 and fourth of the season. Martin saw the goal as an appropriate way to end the season.
“[It’s] absolutely fitting for all three of those girls to get our last goal of the season,” Martin said. “It’s been nice having Kylee back on that top line as she just clicks with those other two. Cat and Mac have also worked so well as a pair since I put them together. The growth those two have shown as captains and also as freshman starters is remarkable. I’m incredibly proud of all three.”
The Green Wave tacked on two more goals to increase their lead to 6-1, the eventual final.
Senior goaltender Brelee Jobe played her final game in a Pirate uniform and stopped 44 shots, her 13th game saving at least 40 shots. Jobe finished a career year between the pipes stopping over 1,000 shots.
“I could go on and on about Brelee and her outstanding efforts and accomplishments this year,” Martin said. “But what sticks out most is her ability to take all 19 girls and treat them as equals and her love for this team. She’s our No. 1 and I’d like to thank her for everything she’s done for her team, for her coaches and for the young girls that look up to her. We love you, Bre.”
The season concludes, but Martin sees a bright future for the program.
“We showed we can play with a top-ranked team and we’re only going to get bigger, faster and stronger as we grow,” Martin said. “We have work to do, but this is the group that will do it. It’s their will to want to be better, to learn and grow.”