As the season transitions into February, catch up on the youth hockey teams of Crookston.

    Mite Blue was off this past weekend.  This weekend, they have their Crookston Jamboree on Saturday.

    The Mite Whites had another busy week of practice and we capped it off with a jamboree in Bagley. They  played four games on Saturday and for most the team, it was the first time playing more than a single game in one day. They did not keep track of the scoreboard, but scored around 20 goals for all four games with most everyone chipping in on the scoreboard. Braxton Miller and Tucker Lubinski both played two games in the net. They worked hard and had a lot of fun this weekend. Even a few other coaches made comments about how much these boys have improved since the beginning of the season. This week, they have their home Mite Jamboree that the kids are looking forward to.

    Crookston's 8U girls had a great Saturday with two big wins. One in Red Lake Falls, a 12-6 win with Adley Vigness and Maddie Abrams recording  hat tricks. Shyuh Burnette was in the net and had some pretty nice saves.

    Their second game on Saturday was against Thief River Falls. The 8U girls had another phenomenal win and played  great defense. Shyuh Burnette limited TRF's goals to two and Crookston girls scored 11. Both teams came out in white, so it was tough to decipher which player scored.  What we do know is the girls worked hard and played to win.  

    The 8U girls continue to work hard and become stronger together. Watching them unite more and more as a team is almost better then the amazing wins. Next weekend, the Crookston 8U girls will have a Jamboree at home with their games being played at 10:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m and 7 p.m. Come out and support our local youth hockey girls.

    They were off last weekend, this weekend we travel to International Falls on Saturday and have our last home game Sunday versus Baudette.  

    The boys traveled to Brainerd for an exciting weekend participating in the "Battle of the Saw Blade."  It was a great weekend both on and off the ice as the boys were able to take advantage of the long distance travel spending quality time enjoying team meals, hanging poolside and competing hard on the ice during the tournament.

    The tournament started on Friday night when they faced Minneapolis in the "Prime Time" 8:30 p.m. match up.  The coaches stressed getting off to a good start to set the tone for the entire weekend. and they did just that. Gavin Aakhus won the opening face-off and then took it down and scored in the opening 10 seconds.  Crookston took a 1-0 lead into the second period,  but Minneapolis scored the next two before Gavin Aakhus took a pass from Dexter Janek and once again found the back of the net to tie it 2-2 after two periods of play.  Crookston took the lead mid-way in the third period when Conner Hanson (assists E. Shockman, A. Fisketjon) scored on a brilliant display of puck movement.  Minneapolis again found the equalizer 3-3 with 6:31 to play. Gavin Aakhus scored the eventual game winner at the 2:50 mark and Conner Hanson then scored the insurance goal with 2:09 to play as Crookston won on opening night.

    The next game, Crookston faced off against Spring Lake Park. Crookston found themselves in a hole early when they allowed three goals in three minutes. Crookston found their legs in the second period making it 3-1 after two periods on a goal from Gavin Aakhus, but it would then turn into a defensive battle from there and Crookston eventually fell 3-1.

    Crookston ended pool play against Coon Rapids on Saturday afternoon.  Crookston took control of the game early and did not look back, winning 9-1. Scoring for Crookston was Gavin Aakhus (3g, 2a), Conner Hanson (3g, 2a), Evan Shockman (2g), Aiden Fisketjon (1g). J. Buhler, A. Mattson and M. Narvaez all recorded assists as well.

    Crookston anxiously awaited the outcome of the Minneapolis versus Spring Lake Park game to find out if Crookston would move on to the championship or play in the third place game.  Minneapolis won over Spring Lake Park by a final score of 4-3, resulting in a three-way tie after pool play.  It went all the way to the fourth level of the tie breaker to find that Spring Lake Park got the nod as they edged out Crookston in quality of goals by a score of .687 to .682.  This put Crookston in the 3rd place game against Mahtomedi on Sunday afternoon.

    Crookston came out strong taking a 2-0 lead, but Mahtomedi was able to find the back of the net three times in the second period including two goals in nine seconds. Crookston would be unable to net the equalizer and lost a heart breaker 3-2.

    The boys all played very well against some very tough competition. Gavin Aakhus is our player of the week showing great leadership and sportsmanship both on and off the ice the entire weekend.  All boys should be very proud with their efforts this weekend and were just one goal away from winning the tiebreaker and playing for the championship. They were back on the ice for practice on Monday as they prepare for a great rivalry battle against East Grand Forks on Friday night.

    The Crookston 10U girls hosted the Grand Forks Angels on Friday night.  Grand Forks came out scoring first on a breakaway early in the first period, but the girls battled back and late in the second period, Hattie Weiland (assisted by Logan Brekken) slapped a goal in to tie up the game. After period break, the Angels were able to slip in another goal early in the third period, but Addie Fee (unassisted) scored a few moments later to tie it up once again. With about three minutes left in the third, Grand Forks found the back of the net on a power play goal, resulting in a 3-2 loss for the girls. Goalies Kaylie Clauson and Natalie Longoria did well in the net saving 15 shots.

    The 10U girls will host Detroit Lakes at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

    Last week, the Crookston Peewees went 2-1 at home with two big wins against number one-ranked Bemidji Blue and another versus Warroad.

    Thursday, the boys hosted rival Red Lake Falls falling to them in a hard fought battle of 1-0. Goalie Jaren Bailey had 26 saves.

    On Saturday morning, they faced the number one team in the district, Bemidji Blue, beating them 1-0 in a huge upset. The boys were solid defensively right off the bat and had a sweet power play goal by Kaleb Armstrong (assisted by Nathan Kelly) with 20 seconds left in the first period. The boys continued to work seemlessly the entire game and held Bemidji completely scoreless. Goalie Jaren Bailey stood sound in net, earning another shutout this season with 18 saves.

    Later Saturday, the boys took on Warroad beating them 4-3. Midway through the first period, Crookston's Nathan Kelly (assisted by Thor Harbott) came out scoring, but Warroad quickly answered it moments later on an unassisted goal. Crookston did not lay off in the first and earned their second goal with another by Kelly (assisted by Kaleb Armstrong and Zachary Tahran). Going into the second period, Warroad scored two unanswered goals, but Crookston regrouped and turned it around in the third with two unanswered goals of their own by Jackson Demarais (unassisted) and Armstrong (assisted by Kelly) putting them up 4-3.  Goalie Jackson Dauksavage saved 25 of 28 shots.

    The Crookston Peewees will host their final game of the season versus Moorhead White on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. at the CSC. The District 16 Peewee B tournament will be held February 16-18 in Warroad.

    The 12U girls were off this past weekend. The girls play their last district game on Sunday against Roseau at the CSC.

    The Crookston Bantams went 3-0 on the weekend. On Thursday night, Crookston traveled to TRF and defeated the Prowlers in a tight 4-3 game. Scoring for Crookston was Peyton Swanson, Alex Longoria and Kaleb Thingelstad (2). Assisting on goals were Thingelstad, Swanson and Blaine Andringa. Picking up the win in net was Carter Nelson.

    On Saturday morning, Crookston defeated LOW 6-2 in a physical contest at home. Scoring for Crookston was Jack Doda (3) Alex Longoria, Peyton Swanson and Kaleb Thingelstad. Assisting on goals were Longoria (2), Gavin Anderson (3) and Jack Doda. Noah Dragseth picked up the win in net.

    Saturday afternoon, Crookston defeated Park Rapids 11-2. Goals from Crookston were scored by Jack Doda (2), Kaleb Thingelstad (2), Noah Kiel, Peyton Swanson (2), Blaine Andringa (2), Alex Longoria and Gabe Montieth. Assisting on goals for Crookston were Longoria (2), Swanson, Thingelstad (2), Andringa (2) and Doda (3). Carter Nelson picked up the win in net.

    Crookston heads north this weekend for the final district games of the season against LOW, Warroad and Roseau.