The Warriors scored five times in the final period to beat the Pirates.
After a postponed game on Thursday, January 11, the Pirates traveled to Warroad on Saturday, January 13 for a contest against the Warroad Warriors. Crookston beat Warroad earlier in the season in overtime, but the Warriors used home ice to their advantage defeating the Pirates 8-1.
Neither team scored in the first period with the Pirates outshooting the Warriors 12-4.
“We started out pretty strongly,” Head Coach Josh Hardy said. “The game was back and forth for the first period, both teams had chances and Cade [Salentine] played extremely well holding us in there in the first.”
Each goalie kept the other team from scoring, but in the second period, the Pirates lost senior defenseman Drew Dragseth as he was forced to leave the game due to an injury which proved to be a mild concussion.
With just over four minutes remaining in the second period, Warroad took a 1-0 lead. The Pirates responded six seconds later when sophomore forward Ben Andringa scored his seventh goal of the year assisted by junior center Brock Heppner.
The Warriors scored two more times in the period to take a 3-1 lead with only one period to play.
“I was concerned about how we would respond [to the goal],” Hardy said. “But Ben Andringa came back right away and found the back of the net. Late in the period Warroad scored two goals back to back with us not clearing pucks from in front of our net. We went in down 3-1, but felt pretty good as that’s where we were last time we played them.”
The third period proved to be crucial with Warroad scattering five goals to break the game open. Junior goaltender Jack Ricord replaced Salentine in the period and recorded seven saves in his first varsity game of the season.
The Pirates managed five shots on goal in the final frame and the Warriors closed out the win to hand Crookston their fifth loss in six games.
“Early in the third, they got a back-breaker fourth goal on us and we ran out of gas,” Hardy said. “They scored some pretty goals on some miscues on our part and things spiraled pretty quickly. Jack Ricord played well in his first varsity action making some tough stops coming in cold and I was proud of him.”
The stretch of six road games in a seven game span ends and, now at 7-8, the Pirates will return to Crookston on Tuesday, January 16 to play their second Detroit Lakes. The two teams recently played on January 6 when Detroit Lakes won 3-1. Start time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.