Crookston moves to a record of 0-1-1.
Cat Tiedemann (So. F) and Kenze Epema (So. D) notched their first goals of the season, Grace Koshney (So. G) saved 17 shots and the Crookston Pirates tied the Jamestown Blue Jays 2-2 in a neutral site game at Mayville, N.D.
Compared to a 9-0 loss against East Grand Forks in the season-opener, Head Coach Tim Moe noted the improvements his team made.
“I thought our compete level was up higher,” Moe said. “We did a lot more positive things. We were more aggressive defensively, we didn’t give up a whole lot of great chances and we played our positions better.”
Jamestown scored the first to goals of the contest, courtesy of Abby Grounds and Ella Roaldson, and the Pirates found themselves trailing 2-0 five minutes into the second period.
With less than four minutes remaining in the second frame, the Pirates finally broke through and beat the opposing goalie for the first time this season on an unassisted goal from Tiedemann.
“Catherine got the puck on the wall, the girl had an angle on her, but Catherine put on some speed and got to the top of the circle and fired one over the shoulders,” Moe said.
The second period ended with Crookston trailing Jamestown 2-1 despite outshooting the Blue Jays 23-13.
Including a penalty committed by Jamestown in the second period, the Pirates had started the season 0-for-7 on power plays. The streak came to an end when Epema knotted up the score at two apiece a minute into the final period.
“It was tipped by one of their defenders, but Kenze made an outstanding play,” Moe said. “She out-muscled a girl for the puck and turned it up ice and got all the way into their zone and shot it. The defenseman deflected it, but it trickled in.”
Neither team could break the tie in the final 16 minutes and the game went into an eight-minute overtime period. Neither team mustered a shot on goal in the extra time and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Crookston improves their record to 0-1-1 with the non-section draw.
“It just seemed whatever,” Moe said on the odd feeling a tie brings. “We wanted the win and I thought we played well enough to deserve the win. It comes down to being able to finish. We did a lot of positive things. We got better and we need to make sure we’re doing the right things and hopefully we can build on some things.”
The Pirates now head to Thief River Falls for a tournament with their first game against Park Rapids on Friday, November 23 at 6 p.m.
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