Ben Andringa scored his first goal of the year and Jake Anderson tallied his third.
First-year player Ben Andringa (Jr. MF) punched one from 40 yards out to give Crookston an advantage in the second half and Jake Anderson (Sr. MF) doubled the lead 10 minutes later en route to a 2-0 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. With the victory, the Pirates (4-10-1) take their second match of the season over WHA.
For Head Coach Don Cox, the win served as a pleasant change from the 6-0 defeat his team suffered two days ago against East Grand Forks.
“I think my guys wanted to play [today],” Head Coach Don Cox said. “Tuesday, I don’t think they wanted to play for some reason. They didn’t play as well as I wanted them to play today, but they played better in this one than they did Tuesday.”
The first half of the match offered a defensive battle. Crookston out-shot Walker 6-2, but each team went into halftime without a score.
In the net for the Pirates, Logan Wardner (Sr. GK) collected seven saves to earn his first shutout of the year.
Crookston created scoring chances close to the net, but to no avail. One minute into half number two, Andringa received the ball, took notice of the WHA goalie playing out and shot a perfect arc over the keeper who could only watch the ball sail into the back of the net.
“When you’ve got some wind, you can take shots like that,” Cox said. “[Ben’s] got a strong leg and I tell them that I want shots from different distances because you want the keeper to be a little concerned. There was a good element of luck there and the guys aren’t going to let him forget it.”
In the 52nd minute, Anderson took a pass from Tai Baig (Jr. D) and provided an insurance goal for his third of the season.
Although not as spontaneous as Andringa's goal, Cox viewed Anderson's as a simple, by-the-book score he hopes to see from all shots on net.
“That was a nice relay goal,” Cox said. “Jake came in and took the relay and just put the ball nice and low on the ground and into the net away from the keeper which is the way I want all the balls to go. As long as we can shoot away from the keeper, we’ll score goals.”
The Pirates' defense continued to smother WHA players and held off their offense to earn the victory and their second shutout of the year. The other came against WHA in a 6-0 win on September 8.
Crookston plays one more match in their regular season: a rescheduled contest against East Grand Forks on Saturday, October 6 on the road at 1 p.m.
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