Catherine Tiedemann got a hat trick as part of a five goal weekend, MacKenze Epema scored twice and notched six assists and Taylor Garrett scored her first goal as a Pirate.

    Crookston played their most efficient weekend on games offensively against Morris-Benson and Prairie Centre. On Friday, January 26, the Pirates completed the season sweep of Morris-Benson winning 5-0. The following day, Crookston scored four times, but could not overcome an early deficit against Prairie Centre.    

    Freshman forward Catherine Tiedemann recorded the team’s first hat trick of the season in the win against Morris-Benson. All of Tiedemann’s goals came in the final period.   

    “Cat was just being Cat,” Head Coach Jaclyn Martin said. “Her ability to read and react is incredible and that’s what earned her the three goals in the third. She has ridiculous speed and made their defense look silly, especially her third goal. It started with a pass from [MacKenze Epema] which turned into a 1-on-1. Catherine made a move with the puck around their stick, used her speed and deked the goalie. Those are the moments you love when they come off the ice with the biggest smile on their faces.”    

    Fellow freshman forward MacKenze Epema also performed well on offense scoring her seventh goal of the season and received credit for the assist in every other Pirate goal.    

    Eighth grade forward Aleah Bienek also got on the scoring sheet leading off the game with her third goal on the year.       

    Senior goaltender Brelee Jobe tallied her second shutout of the season stopping all 29 shots she faced.    

    “We had so many opportunities in the first and second and to come out in the third and start finding the back of the net was nice for the girls,” Martin said. “Cat was on fire and dominated the ice. Aleah Bienek had a great game too and not to mention Mac’s hand in every point. I was very excited for both Catherine and Brelee. It was a big night for them both.”   

    The next day, Prairie Centre scored early and often with five in the first period to match Crookston’s one which was scored by Tiedemann assisted by Epema.    

    In the second period, Tiedemann scored her fifth goal in two games to give her the team-leading 14th. Epema and Bienek assisted the goal. Prairie Centre responded with their sixth goal and led 6-2 to close the second period.   

    Epema brought Crookston closer at 6-3 assisted by Bienek. Epema finished the weekend with two goals and six assists. Prairie Centre scored again less than a minute later to lead 7-3.    

    Sophomore defenseman Taylor Garrett scored her first goal as a Pirate assisted by eighth grade defenseman Rylee Solheim and Tiedemann, but Crookston fell 7-4.   

    “We just needed to wake up a bit,” Martin said. “We had to get up at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning and after coming off such a high from the night before proved a bit costly. After we settled down and started playing as a team, we were able to make things happen. After that first period, we tied in the second and beat them in the third. Unfortunately, it came a bit late.”   

    Crookston now owns a record of 5-19 and will play their final regular season game in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, January 30 at 6 p.m.