Logan Wardner earned his 100th save of the season in the loss.
The East Grand Forks Green Wave dominated play on both sides of the ball en route to a 6-0 win over the Crookston Pirates. The Pirates (3-10-1) tallied nine shots on goal in the second half compared to two from the opening half, but could not find the back of the net as they were shut out for the sixth time this season.
"We couldn't get anybody in," Head Coach Don Cox said. "Our mids weren't able to get back. It was a big combination of things, but we weren't able to get anything going. In the second half, we put the effort in, but weren't able to get in any quality shots."
Crookston's defense started shaky allowing five goals in the first 30 minutes, but settled down for the remaining 50 letting only one other ball beat Logan Wardner (Sr. GK), who recorded 15 saves.
Wardner's 15 saves on the day gave him 100 in seven games for this season.
"[Logan] played well," Cox said. "They were taking a lot of shots at him and he wasn't getting a lot of help. Normally, my defense is really rock solid. I asked them to explain what was going on and nobody had any explanation as to why [East Grand Forks] was getting back behind us."
East Side wasted no time getting on the board with their first goal coming in under two minutes. The Pirates kept the Green Wave at bay until the 11th minute when they struck again for a 2-0 lead. By the 31st minute, Crookston already trailed 5-0 after another three goals in just under a 13-minute span.
Cox claimed the struggles in the first half stemmed from physical play on the part of the Green Wave that his players refused to reciprocate.
"[It was] probably more frustration than anything else," Cox said. "[East Grand Forks] does a lot of holding and grabbing. My guys just try to stay on the clean side. We don't retaliate. Because if you retaliate, you get a red card. They got around behind us and we can't catch up to them. It's hard to defend it."
The Green Wave tacked on their final goal with under six minutes to play. It was the fourth time Crookston allowed at least six goals.
The Pirates hope to get back in the win column on Thursday, October 4 when they host Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. When the teams last met earlier this season, Crookston won by a score of 6-0. The match is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
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