A couple teams began their district play with the Bantam team winning their district tournament.

MITE WHITE

    The Mite White had a good game Saturday against Roseau. Despite being short a couple players, the young White team did well. Once again, they did not win the game but saw a lot of good things. As a team, they skated hard, passed the puck well, put a dozen hard shots on net and got rewarded three times. Bladen Melsa got the first goal followed by Jacob Biermaier with two more. The Mite White team has been improving each and every week and the coaches are excited for what is to come in the future.

MITE BLUE

    The Mite Blue traveled to Roseau on Saturday and defeated a really talented Roseau team 13-8. It was a tough, fast-paced game that was very entertaining to watch. Scoring for the Pirates was Ryan Clauson, Grant Funk and Camren Duncan. Recording assists were Hudson Rick and Ryan Clauson. All penalties resulted in a penalty shot and Tony Elbinger stopped all three.

    The Mite Blues were scheduled to play in Thief River Falls ​on Sunday, but due to adverse weather the game has been rescheduled to March 11 at 1:15 p.m. at the TRF Old Rink.

    This coming weekend, they will be playing in the EGF Jamboree and will be playing three different GF teams. Good luck this weekend young Pirates.

8U

    What a great weekend for the Crookston 8U girls at the Alexandria Jamboree. The 8U's first game of the jamboree was against Alexandria White. The 8U came out strong and won 10-3.  Scoring for Crookston was Adley Vigness (6), Katie Seaver (2), Madi Abrams (1) and Sydney McDonald (1). Abbey Lane was in the net with eight saves.

    Twenty minutes later, the 8U girls came back out on fire to play their second game of the day against Alexandria Black and won 11-2.  Scoring for Crookston was Adley Vigness (4), Sydney McDonald (2), Aubrey Bartrum (1), Rilynn Aubol (1), Peyton Demarais (1), Madi Abrams (1) and Shyuh Burnette getting her first goal of the season. Abbey Lane was in net with seven saves.

    On Sunday, the 8U girls played a tougher team, Alexandria Red and lost 10-6.  The Alexandria girls were a little bigger and the girls were pretty tired from their countless hours, having a blast off the ice in the pool.  Scoring for Crookston was Adley Vigness (2), Madi Abrams (2), Rilynn Aubol (1) and Sydney McDonald (1).

    This weekend, the 8U will be participating in the EGF Jamboree.

SQUIRT A

    Squirt A’s were off last weekend to give the kids a little vacation time over the long holiday weekend.  Coming up, they are back in action with three full days in Fargo for Squirt International. They were put in pretty tough pool with some highly-rated teams, but the boys are confident and ready to get after it. Next weekend, they head to Roseau for Districts.

SQUIRT B

    The Squirt B Team was idle this past week. They had a great week of practice as they prepare for their final weekend of the regular season. The highlight of the week was having the opportunity to scrimmage the 10U girls squad. Fun was had by all from puck drop to the final whistle. This weekend, the Squirt B team travel North for three huge district games against Warroad, Lake of the Woods and Roseau.

10U

    The Crookston 10U girls had last weekend off from games, but they will resume playing in Warroad 12:30 p.m. and Roseau 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 24. The 10U District tournament will be held at home March 3-4.

PEEWEE

    The Crookston Peewee boys were seeded No. 6 of 11 teams for the District 16 tournament held in Warroad this past weekend. They started out by taking on No. 11 Thief River Falls on Friday at 1:00 p.m. The boys came out a little flat the first period, but ramped it up in the second and third to beat them 6-2. Goals went to Carter Trudeau (2), Nathan Kelly (1), Kaleb Armstrong (1) and Thor Harbott (1). Assists went to Jackson Demarais (2), Ty Larson (1) and Zachary Tahran. Goalie Jaren Bailey saved 27 of 29 shots.

    Next up, on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., the boys played No. 3 Hallock. The Peewees have struggled against this team all season, due to Hallock's high-caliber offense that gives many teams some serious troubles. The boys ended up losing the game 9-3 being outshot 2-1.  Scoring was Carter Trudeau (assisted by Drake Lord), Nathan Kelly (unassisted), and Thor Harbott (assisted by Lord). Both goalies saw numerous quality shots the entire game. Jaren Bailey saved 30 of 36 and Jackson Dauksavage saved seven of 10 shots.

    On Saturday morning, the boys regrouped and came out ready to play No. 7 East Grand Forks-Red, whom had beat them both times in the regular season. The game was tied 0-0 after two periods, then early in the third, Nathan Kelly (assisted by Kaleb Armstrong) zinged one past the EGF goalie. EGF answered about five minutes later with a goal of their own. Then with less than a minute left in the game Kelly (assisted by Ashton Shockman) scored again. The boys faced off and tried to hold EGF back for the last 59 seconds for the win, but an icing call brought the puck back in the Crookston zone, and a scrum in front of the net got EGF the tying goal with 29 seconds left. Neither team scored the remainder of regulation, and a ten minute, sudden death overtime was conducted. In an exciting OT battle, Crookston's Carter Trudeau (assisted by Jackson Reese & Drake Lord) fired in the winning 3-2 goal, sending EGF-Red home for the season. Goalie Jaren Bailey stayed extremely busy in net saving 37 of 39 shots.

    The exhilarating, but exhausting OT win against EGF-Red, allowed Crookston to continue in the District tournament a few hours later against No. 4 Bagley. Shortly into the first period, the boys found out they didn't have much gas left in the tank, but held Bagley's offense back as long as they could. Outshot 24-10, the boys gave it their all offensively and defensively, but fell to Bagley 1-0 on a breakaway goal in the third period. Goalie Jaren Bailey saved 23 shots.  

    The loss to Bagley in the District tournament ended the Crookston Peewee's season. A big thanks to coaches Wade Demarais and Brett Tahran, and all the fans that came to support the boys this year.

12U

    The Crookston 12U team participated in their district tournament in Roseau this past weekend. In the first game they played against Roseau, after falling behind early, fought back to make it a one goal game in the third period. The girls kept on fighting to get the equalizer but Roseau tacked on an empty net goal late and the girls fell 7-5.  Next, they played Thief River Falls and the girls gave them everything they had. After being tied 1-1 after two periods, the Prowlers scored early in the third to take a 2-1 lead. The team kept fighting and had many opportunities, but could not get the equalizer.  The team played their best hockey at the end of the season and the girls all showed their progress with two very close games in the district tournament.​ We are very proud of each and every one of these girls.

BANTAM

    The Crookston Bantams were crowned District 16 Bantam B Tournament Champions this past weekend going 3-0 in tournament play.

    In Friday night's opening round, Crookston defeated Warroad 9-0. Scoring goals for Crookston were Jack Doda (3), Peyton Swanson (2), Alex Longoria (2), Zach Johnson (1), and Gavin Anderson (1). Assisting on goals were Longoria (3), Doda (3), Kaleb Thinglestad (1), Noah Kiel (1) and Carter Nelson (1). Carter Nelson picked up the shut out in net for Crookston.

    On Saturday, Crookston faced off against Bemidji and won a close game 3-1. Scoring for Crookston was Peyton Swanson (2) and Blaine Andringa (1).  Assisting on goals was Kaleb Thinglestad (1). Noah Dragseth picked up the win in net for Crookston.

    On Sunday, Crookston faced off against EGF in the championship game.  Crookston was victorious with a big 12-0 win. Scoring goals for Crookston were, Jack Doda (4), Noah Kiel (3), Kaleb Thingelstad (2), Peyton Swanson (1), Alex Longoria (1) and Gabe Montieth (1).  Assisting on goals were, Longoria (2), Kiel (3), Andringa (1), Montieth (1), Thingelstad (1), Doda (1) and Swanson (1). Noah Dragseth and Carter Nelson split time in net picking up the shutout win.

    Crookston will represent District 16 in the Minnesota Hockey North Regional Tournament in International Falls March 2-4. Crookston will face off against Eveleth-Gilbert in the first round.