Catch up on the young people's hockey.

MITE WHITE

    The Mite White team played in the Crookston Jamboree this past weekend.  This team has shown positive attitudes each and every game. This past weekend was much of the same, and they learned that with a lot of energy, they can play a faster game. Scoring for the Mite White was Blair Johnson (2).

MITE BLUE

    The Mite Blue played in the Crookston Mite Jamboree this ​past weekend.  They played three games on Saturday winning all three.  Their first game was against Bemidji Blue. The team skated hard and worked together for a nine to two victory. Goals were scored by Hudson Rick, Ryan Clauson, Grant Funk and Cameron Duncan.  

    In their second game, they played a young Thief River Falls White team and came out on top by a score of 11-0.  The players did a lot of nice passing in this game and as a result, they had a lot of scoring opportunities. Goals were scored by Hudson Rick, Jackson Fritsch, Ryan Clauson, Grant Funk and Cameron Duncan. Assists went to Aidan Weiland, Kira Daniels, Jaret Mattson and Ryan Clauson.  

    In their third game, they played a strong Thief River Falls Black team. This was a very exciting, fast paced game. Thief River Falls Black jumped out to a two goal lead early in the first period before Crookston battled back to tie the game at two.  The first period would end in a 3-3 tie. In the second and final period, both teams exchanged a goal before Crookston climbed out to a two goal lead midway through the final period.  Both teams were skating hard and had good opportunities as the game was winding down. Late in the final period, Crookston and Thief River Falls exchanged a goal and Crookston was able to hang on for a 7-5 victory.  Goals were scored by Kira Daniels, Ryan Clauson and Grant Funk.  

    Goaltending duties were shared this weekend between Austin Thode and Tony Elbinger. They both did a great job and were a big part in Crookston’s successful weekend. Crookston Mite Blue will travel to Roseau and Thief River Falls this coming Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s game is a rematch against the Thief River Falls Black team so it should be another hard fought thriller.

8U

    This weekend, the arena was packed with the Mite and 8U Jamboree bringing new competition and teams from all over District 16. The 8U girls did what they do best, played their little hearts out. Their first game on Saturday morning was against Bemidji 8U. The girls played hard but ended up losing 12-3. Scoring for Crookston was Sydney McDonald (2) and Adley Vigness (1).

    The girls shook their first loss off and did not let it ruin there spirits as they headed into game 2 against Lake of the Woods Mite boys. The girls fought hard and pulled out a 3-1 win with Abby Lane having an amazing breakaway goal. Also scoring for Crookston was Sydney McDonald (2).  

    Game 3 was tougher competition, as they have not had a chance to beat Roseau 8U this year. They had a 7-6 lead with 56 seconds left on the clock, and just enough time for Roseau to tie it up 7-7. A tie is not a loss and is a victory in my book, great job girls.  

    Their offense and defense rocked all day and the girls are improving tremendously.  Next weekend, the 8U girls will be in Alexandria for their Jamboree.

SQUIRT B

    The boys played two big district games, the first on Friday night against East Grand Forks and then another against Bagley on Sunday morning.

    Crookston showed up ready to play on Friday night when they played a very tough EGF team. Gavin Aakhus was able to net two goals for Crookston as EGF took a 3-2 lead into the third period. Unfortunately, the boys would run out of gas as EGF was able to score four unanswered goals in the third period and take the victory 7-2.

    The boys came out strong once again on Sunday morning in Bagley and found themselves in an offensive frenzy. They took a commanding 6-2 lead after two periods of play. But Bagley was able to regroup in the locker room while they resurfaced the ice. Bagley scored five goals in the third period including four unanswered which tied the game 7-7 with 3:54 to play. Crookston immediately called time out once the equalizer was scored to calm down an obviously shook up Crookston squad. The boys responded when they scored the eventual game winner with 2:07 to play when Gavin Aakhus scored to give Crookston an 8-7 lead. Conner Hanson was able to net the insurance goal off a pass from Dexter Janek as Crookston was able to survive in Bagley 9-7.

SQUIRT A

    The Squirt A’s played two games this weekend, first traveling to International Falls on Saturday. The boys skated hard, but ran into a hot goalie and could only get one goal by him for a final score of 5-1. The goal was scored by Ryan Street assisted by Wyatt Cordts.

    Sunday morning, the boys played their last home game of the season against Lake of the Woods. They played hard and had a lot fun doing it because you could see it on the ice. The boys got up first from a nice goal by Connor Maruska for a 1-0 lead into the third period. Lake of the Woods responded in the third period with three quick goals, but the energy and attitude of the team never dropped. Garret Fischer responded by scoring their second goal and the team continued to battle for the tying goal but just ran out of time. Tuesday night, the Squirt A defeated Red Lake Falls.

10U

    The Crookston 10U girls hosted Detroit Lakes on Sunday beating them 10-2. Scoring for Crookston was Ashlyn Bailey (3g, 1a), Emma LaPlante (1g, 3a), Paige Abrahamson (2g, 1a), Claire McDonald (1g, 1a), Hattie Weiland (1g, 1a), JoJo Wallace (1g), Alexa Bartrum (1g), and Maddie Harbott, Addie Fee and Miryah Epema with one assist each. Goalie Natalie Longoria saved eight of 10 shots.  

    The Crookston 10U girls will have the upcoming weekend off. They will resume games at Warroad and Roseau on Saturday, February 24, followed by the 10U District tournament at home March 3-4.

PEEWEE

    In their last regular game of the season, the Crookston Peewees tied Moorhead White 2-2 in OT on Saturday at home. The teams were pretty even in the first period, but shortly into the second, Moorhead was able to put the first point on the board. Moments later, Crookston's Nathan Kelly, assisted by Jackson Reese, turned it around and tied it up at 1-1. About midway through the second, Ty Larson (unassisted) found the back of the net to put Crookston over the top 2-1. The teams kept battling in the third until a scrum in front of the net, after a breakaway, found Moorhead the tying goal. A five minute overtime was played with neither team scoring.  Jackson Dauksavage saved eight of nine shots, and Jaren Bailey saved nine of 10 shots. This was team's fourth overtime tie this season.

    The Crookston Peewees will travel to Warroad for their District tournament this coming weekend.

12U

    The Crookston 12U team hosted the Roseau Rams on Sunday. They played the Rams two weeks ago in Roseau and fell 7-1. This time the girls gave it everything they had and the game was much more competitive.  Both teams had numerous scoring chances and the Crookston girls could not ​beat​ the Roseau goaltender and eventually lost 3-0. The 12U squad is preparing for their District Tournament in Roseau this weekend.

BANTAM

    The Crookston Bantams traveled North this past weekend for three games. On Saturday morning, Crookston defeated LOW 5-1. Scoring for Crookston was Jack Doda (3), Kaleb Thinglestad (1) and Alex Longoria (1). Assisting on goals were Longoria (1), Noah Kiel (1), Blaine Andringa (1) and Doda (1).  Noah Dragseth picked up the win in the net.

    On Saturday afternoon, Crookston defeated Warroad 11-2. Scoring for Crookston was Alex Longoria (3), Jack Doda (3), Peyton Swanson (3), Kaleb Thinglestad (1) and Noah Kiel (1). Assisting on goals were Doda (3), Longoria (2), Swanson (2), Kiel (1) and Gavin Anderson (2). Carter Nelson picked up the win in net.

    On Sunday afternoon, Crookston defeated Roseau 3-2 in a close game. Scoring for Crookston was Jack Doda (2) and Blaine Andringa (1). Assisting on goals were Noah Kiel (1), Sam Stewart (1), Alex Longoria (1) and Jack Doda (1). Noah Dragseth picked up the win in net.

    Crookston finishes the regular season with a perfect 14-0-0 district record.  Crookston has received the No. 1 seed and will face off against Warroad in the first round of the District 16 playoffs Friday night in East Grand Forks.