The youth hockey teams of Crookston continued their season with another weekend full of games.
The Mite White team played Roseau this past weekend, they have again made great improvements. Scoring for Crookston was Caden Perry and Blair Johnson. Tucker Lubinski played goalie and did an excellent job.
Mite Blue played three games this weekend. They lost to Roseau on Saturday in Crookston but went on to win in Bagley on Sunday morning before losing an exciting game to Bemidji that afternoon. All the kids played hard and it is fun to see them progress as the year goes on. Our player of the weekend is Kira Daniels. She had a great weekend scoring goals in all three games. She is become more and more confident and aggressive with each game. Congratulations Kira. Keep up the good work.
The Crookston 8U girls played there little hearts out this weekend. Skating into our home ice nervous after our last games against Roseau, they came out with their heads high and skated off after our second game the same way. They ended up losing both games 5-3, but watching these girls continue to grow together and learn their positions and play as a team is equally amazing as if they had won. Leading scorer in both games was Adley Vigness and Rilynn Aubol who blocked many fierce shots.
On Saturday, the 8U girls will host Bemidji at 12:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. and on Sunday, they will host RLF at 4:15 p.m. at the Crookston Sports Center.
It was a hockey filled weekend for the Squirt A’s who played four games going 2-1-1. Their weekend started at home playing International Falls. The boys built a 2-0 lead after the first period but ended up eventually falling 4-3 with 10 seconds left in overtime. Scoring for Crookston was Connor Maruska (2 goals) and Ryan Street. Wyatt Cordts and Greyson Ecker each had an assist. Dylan Thode turned away 17 shots.
The second game of the day was against the MayPort Ice Dawgs who started off strong ending the first period in a 1-1 tie, but our boys turned it on in the second and third periods finding the back of the net 12 more times to finish a 13-1 win. On the score sheet for Crookston was Isaiah Donarski (2 goals), Jay Reese (3 goals), Greyson Ecker (2 goals, 2 assists), Connor Maruska (4 goals, 1 assist), Brandon Colborn (2 goals), Garret Fischer (1 assist) and Mason Reitmeier (1 assist). Parker Kelly turned away 10 shots.
The Sunday road trip double header started in Wadena. This game was entertaining on so many levels because the team is really buying into doing the little things like winning races for a loose puck, competing along the boards and hustling back to play defense. They are also recognizing these little victories from the bench and cheering each other on when they do so. Despite outshooting Wadena 39-8 after two periods the score was tied at 2-2. The boys were not going to be denied their win and scored seven goals in the third period to secure the 9-2 victory. On the score sheet for Crookston was Ryan Street (1 goal), Tate Hamre (1 goal, 2 assists), Isaiah Donarski (1 goal), Connor Maruska (2 goals), Greyson Ecker (1 goal, 1 assist), Mason Reitmeier (1 goal, 1 assist), Wyatt Cordts (1 goal, 1 assist), Brandon Colborn (1 goal) and Jay Reese (2 assists). Dylan Thode recorded 11 saves.
The boys are starting to think that most hockey games are three periods plus another five minutes since they played their sixth overtime game of the season in Detroit Lakes Sunday afternoon. In three periods of defensive back and forth play both teams were only able to register one goal each ending in a 1-1 tie. Scoring for Crookston was Wyatt Cordts. Parker Kelly turned away 32 shots to secure the tie.
Squirt A’s are looking forward to a little time off this weekend and will return to play Jan 27 at home against Warroad and Bemidji.
The Squirt B was idle this past weekend. They are back in action Tuesday night when they look to even the series on the road against Red Lake Falls for another exciting district rivalry game.
The Crookston 10U girls had four games last weekend. Last Friday, they defeated East Grand Forks 7-3 at home. The game was a battle the first period ending 1-1, but the girls pulled away scoring another six goals to EGF's two by the end of the third. Scoring that game was Logan Brekken and Kaylie Clauson (2 goals each), Maddie Harbott and Addie Fee (1 goal, 2 assists each), and Ashlyn Bailey (1 goal, 1 assist). Goalie Natalie Longoria had eight saves.
On Saturday, the girls traveled to Fargo-Moorhead. First, they faced a solid Fargo Freeze A team and struggled to get many shots on goal, ending in a 6-0 loss. Goalie Natalie Longoria did fantastic saving 44 shots.
Later Saturday, the Crookston 10U girls played Moorhead A for the second time this season. They hung in there the first two periods only trailing by two goals, but Moorhead came on strong in the third scoring another five, putting the final score 8-1 loss for Crookston. Miryah Epema scored the lone Crookston goal. Longoria had 27 saves.
Sunday, the Fargo Freeze A team traveled to take on the 10U girls on at home. Crookston held on strong the first period, only allowing one goal from the Freeze, but the Freeze poured on the shots in the second period scoring six more to Crookston's one by Ashlyn Bailey. The final score ended 10-1 loss. Longoria saved 16 shots.
The Crookston 10U girls will host their home tournament this coming weekend (Jan 19-21). They play Fergus Falls at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Winnipeg Storm at 9:00 a.m. and Hermantown at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, with Sunday's game TBD.
The Peewee boys faced two tough district opponents at home on Saturday. During the morning game, the boys struggled in the first two periods to shut down a relentless Hallock offense, finding themselves down 5-0. Even though Hallock continued to outshoot them, they held Hallock scoreless in the third, but did not get the opportunity to score themselves. Goalie, Jaren Bailey saw numerous quality shots saving 52 of 57.
Later that day, the boys took on Lake of the Woods. They came out with the same enthusiasm as they did in the third period of Hallock game, with Crookston's Carter Trudeau (assisted by Kaleb Armstrong and Nathan Kelly) scoring early in the first period, followed by LOW scoring a few minutes later. LOW ended up pulling away scoring four unanswered goals in the second and third, until late in the third period, Drake Lord (assisted by Jackson Demarais) put the final goal in. The Crookston Peewees fell to LOW 5-2. Goalie Jackson Dauksavage saved 29 of 34 shots.
The Crookston Peewees will travel to Bagley at 11:45 next Saturday (Jan 20) and will face Mayville at home at 2:30 on Sunday (Jan 21).
The Crookston 12U hosted their home tournament this past weekend. The action started Friday afternoon and the girls fell to East Grand Forks 8-2. Friday evening we lost a tough battle with the Winnipeg Stars 1-2. Saturday morning we lost to Warroad, the eventual tournament champion. In the last game of the weekend, they battled another district opponent, Thief River Falls. The girls fought extremely hard and came up just short in a 3-2 loss. The 12U team is ending a busy stretch of nine games in nine days. Time for some rest and practice to get ready for the final push of the season.
On Friday, the Crookston 12U will travel to East Grand Forks to take on the Green Wave.
Crookston Bantams were on the road for two games this weekend. On Saturday morning, Crookston defeated Bagley 9-7 in an action packed, back and fourth game. Scoring for Crookston was Kaleb Thingelstad (5), Jack Doda (3) and Alex Longoria (1). Assists went to Peyton Swanson (4), Alex Longoria (2), Jack Doda and Sam Stewart. Noah Dragseth picked up the win. With the win against Bagley, Crookston remains undefeated in District 16 play.
Later that afternoon, Crookston played at Park Rapids and won 4-1. Scoring for Crookston was Jack Doda (2) and Alex Longoria (1). Assists went to Alex Longoria (2) and Gavin Anderson. Carter Nelson had a great perfomance in net.
Crookston travels to EGF on Friday, and will be at home on Saturday and Sunday against Fargo and TRF.