Catch up on the recent youth hockey games.
The Squirt A's faced some strong competition over the weekend. The team showed they could skate and compete with some of the top teams in our region, especially considering they were down three skaters due to the flu and injuries. Friday night was a 7-3 loss to Thief River Falls, Saturday morning was a 5-2 loss to West Fargo and Saturday evening they were on the wrong side of 4-3 OT loss to Detroit Lakes. This week will be another fun week with home games versus East Grand Forks and Red Lake Falls. Then they will travel to Bemidji on Sunday.
The weekend started off strong with an exciting win over Bagley 9 - 6. The kids fought hard and played well together. Our second game ended in a tough loss against Thief River Falls 9-0. This upcoming weekend, they will host Red Lake Falls on Friday and head to Bemidji for two games on Saturday.
The Crookston 10U girls’ hockey team took third place in the 16-team Grand Forks Angel's 10U tournament at the Icon Sports Arena on Sunday, December 10, going 4-1 on the weekend. Their only loss was in the top seed pool play-off game vs LOW Canucks (Kenora, Ontario) early Sunday morning. The girls battled back and forth late into the third period when it was 4-4. Then the Canucks took the lead by scoring two quick goals, then a third on an empty net to seal the deal in the 7-4 loss. Addie Fee and Ashlyn Bailey had two goals each in that game. Goalie Natalie Longoria had 23 great saves.
In the third place game, the 10U girls defeated East Grand Forks 7-2. Scoring that game was Bailey with three goals and Fee, Miryah Epema, Maddie Harbott and Georgia Sanders with one goal each (Fee and Karena Longoria also had one assist each). Natalie Longoria did very well in the net and had 21 saves.
Like the weekend prior, the girls came out strong against their opponents earlier in the weekend.
Friday afternoon vs. Minot 6-2 win (Goals: Fee, K.Longoria, Bailey, Epema, Logan Brekken and Paige Abrahamson - 1 each -- Assists: Harbott - 2; Epema, K.Longoria, Kaylie Clauson - 1 each -- Goalie: N.Longoria 11 saves)
Saturday afternoon vs. Stars Purple 6-0 win (Goals: Fee & Sanders - 2; Harbott and Bailey - 1 each -- Assists: Fee and Hattie Weiland - 1 each -- Goalie: N.Longoria 1 save)
Saturday late evening vs. New Prague 9-1 win (Goals: Bailey - 3; K.Longoria and Fee - 2; H.Weiland and Harbott - 1 each -- Assists: Fee, Clauson and Adelia Weiland - 1 each -- Goalie: N.Longoria 6 saves)
The Crookston 10U girls will travel to Bemidji on Saturday for a 1:15 p.m. game and will host Warroad on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
The Peewee boys took on East Grand Forks Red on Friday night at the CSC. Crookston held off EGF until the second period when they came on strong to score four goals to Crookston's one by Nathan Kelly (assisted by Drake Lord). The boys battled back in the third period where Kelly scored his second goal of the night to put the final score at 4-2. Goalie Jackson Dauksavage saw 33 shots, saving 29.
Saturday afternoon, the Crookston Peewee boys hosted Bagley. Early in the first period, Crookston's Nathan Kelly scored the first goal of the game (assisted by Zachary Tahran), followed by Ashton Shockman (assisted by Jayden Steinbrink) scoring later that same period. Shortly after Shockman's goal, a 2-on-1 from Bagley put them on the board. Both teams were scoreless in the second period, but with nearly three min left in the third, Bagley had a breakaway goal to tie the game at 2-2. A five minute overtime was held and neither team was able to find the back of the net, even though Crookston was short-handed for two minutes. Goalie Jaren Bailey saw 21 shots, saving 19. This is Crookston's third overtime tie this season.
The Crookston Peewee boys traveled to the Bemidji Community Arena to take on Bemidji Blue Sunday afternoon. Bemidji came out strong in the first period and scored four quick goals. Crookston was able to hold them back the rest of the game, but remained scoreless themselves in the 4-0 loss. Starting goalie Jackson Dauksavage saw 25 shots, saved 21, and relieved goalie Jaren Bailey who saw 18 shots saving all 18.
The Crookston Peewee boys will travel to Hibbing, MN this coming weekend for a tournament.
The Crookston 12U girls participated in the Grand Forks Angels Tournament this past weekend with their first game against Armstrong Cooper. It was a fast paced game and the girls worked hard to dig themselves out of an early hole to tie the game 5-5 in the second period. The girls never gave up even though they lost 12-6. In the second game, the girls played well together, had some very nice passing and beat the Winnipeg Storm 8-1. In the third game, the girls took on the Winnipeg Rockets. This was a tight game from the drop of the puck. The Rockets scored four quick goals to start the third period and the girls fought back to get within one. Unfortunately the girls could not find the back of the net and the Rockets ended it with an empty net goal late in the third for a 6-4 loss. The final game of the weekend was against Mounds View. The girls jumped out with an early lead and kept up the pace for an 8-3 victory. It was a fun weekend for the girls. They are working hard and improving each weekend. The 12U girls will be traveling to Thief River Falls on Thursday, Bemidji on Saturday and hosting Warroad on Sunday.
The Bantam boys hosted long time rival East Grand Forks on Friday night at the CSC and took home an 11-1 win. The Bantams came out strong and dominated the entire game with great passing and fast feet. Kaleb Thingelstad - 6 goals, 2 assists, Alex Longoria - 1 goal, 4 assists, Jack Doda, Peyton Swanson and Gabe Monteith each with a goal and assist. On Saturday, the boys traveled to Mayville and took on the Ice Dawgs. It was a physical, fast paced game but ended in a 3-1 loss. Alex Longoria had the lone goal assisted by Jack Doda. The Bantam boys head to Bemidji on Saturday and return home to face Mayville on Sunday.