The Pirates completed their regular season with a record of 4-10-2.
The Pirates did not completely avenge their 6-0 loss to East Grand Forks earlier in the week, but considering the short amount of time that passed, a 2-2 tie on the road served as a vast improvement.
“We out-played their defense and combined a couple of nice passes with a couple of good shots on net to get the two points,” Head Coach Don Cox said. “They may have taken 30 shots, but they weren’t good quality shots. A lot were rushed due to our defense and pressure we kept on them, which gave Logan [Wardner] time to play the ball and stop the scores.”
Crookston (4-10-2) struck first in the 18th minute with a goal from Jacob Brunelle (Jr. MF), his fifth of the year. Sam Overgaard (Sr. MF) received credit for the assist.
The Green Wave tied the match seven minutes into the second half, but the Pirates retaliated for a 2-1 lead eight and a half minutes later with a strike from Jake Anderson (Sr. MF), his fourth, assisted by Ben Brantner (Jr. D).
In the second half, Anderson received his second yellow card, equaling a red, and had to leave the match putting Crookston at an 11-on-10 disadvantage.
With less than five minutes to go, East Grand Forks delivered the equalizer which sent the match into overtime. Neither team could score in extra time and Crookston ended their regular season with a tie, their second of the season.
In the net, Logan Wardner (Sr. GK) stopped 28 shots. East Side ended the contest outshooting the Pirates 30-10.
“We had to play down a man late in the second half and that’s when they tied it up, but we kept the pressure up and kept trying to score and we never gave up,” Cox said. “We played short for almost 30 minutes and never stopped coming at them and never let them walk over us.”
Crookston now awaits their seeding for the Section 8A Tournament which begins on Tuesday, October 9.
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