Update on all Crookston youth hockey teams.
Crookston Squirt A's traveled to Monticello last weekend to play in the Moose Cup. They started out against Anoka on Friday evening. After a quick series of four Anoka goals in the first period, Crookston was able to hold Anoka at 1-1 for the remainder of the game for a final score of 5-1. Saturday morning, they played Delano for a loss of 2-1. Saturday evening, they played Lakeville for a 6-2 win. The boys played hard all weekend and never gave up and handled themselves well against some very tough competition.
Player of the week - Teegyn Johnson: Teegyn had a great game in the net against Delano.
The Squirt B team had a tough weekend with losses to Bemidji, but the boys held their heads high. The team will be practicing hard this week preparing for their home tournament which starts on Friday at 2 p.m.
Player of the Week - Aiden Weiland: Aidan worked hard and chased after the puck this weekend against Bemidji.
The 10U Girls team was off to the Breezy Point 10U Tournament this past weekend for a fun-filled weekend both on and off the ice. This was goaltender Logan Brekken's first games in the net as the regular goaltender, Natalie Longoria, is recovering from surgery. Good job to Logan and wishes for a speedy recovery to Natalie.
The girls kicked off the weekend play on Friday against Albertville-St. Michael ending in a loss 3-2. Goals were by Emma LaPlante and Madi Abrams.
Saturday morning, they played against Stillwater which was a tough game, ending in a 7-1 loss. The lone goal was scored was by Emma LaPlante. Stillwater went on to play in the championship game and took second on the weekend.
The girls had to turn around and play quickly and took on Wayzata. This was another close one, ending in a loss of 3-2. Goals scored by Emma LaPlante and Adelia Weiland.
The last game of the weekend was against Maple Grove-Osseo and the girls dominated the play of the game. They won 6-0 and ended the weekend on a high note. Goals were scored by Emmi Trostad, Mya Bower, Adelia Weiland, Madi Abrams and Emma LaPlante.
Besides the Stillwater game, their games were very close in pool play. Their weekend record does not show the growth these girls are showing each game. They are improving on their positioning, passing and persistence. This next weekend, the girls will attend the Grand Forks Angels 10UB Tournament and they kick it off with their first game on Friday at 5:45 p.m.
Player of the Week - Adelia Weiland: Adelia's positive attitude and hard work netted her two goals over the weekend. Adelia is loving the game and it shows in her play.
Player of the Week - Parker Kelly: Parker, otherwise known as Pickles, is a consistent goalie that continues to give his best effort in both games and practices. Determination and competitiveness, along with his coachability, make Parker player of the week. He routinely makes difficult saves that impress anyone who watches his games. Parker continued to be solid in losses to East Grand Forks, Fergus Falls and Brainerd over the weekend.
The PeeWees started the weekend with a tough 4-2 loss against Grand Forks. They played hard and played pretty evenly for most of the game. Saturday, they hosted Fergus Falls and played their best team game of the season. Puck luck was not in their favor, but they played well even if the score board says otherwise and we lost 7-2. Sunday, they went back to Grand Forks in the morning to play the Eagles and lost another close one 2-1. They almost tied it up late on a couple of great plays by the forwards. All in all, the PeeWee's may not be where they want to be in the win/loss column of the score sheets, but they have come a long way in the last month. I can see the improvement and they seem to be buying in to each other and the team.
Player of the Week - Gavin Aakhus: Gavin comes to the rink with the mindset that he is going to work hard everyday whether it be a game or practice. He has a very high compete level and he has been all over the score sheet this year. Gavin is the type of kid that is impossible to root against. He is always working hard and also always has a big smile on his face. You can see that he genuinely loves hockey.
The 12U girls had two tough loses this past Saturday: Warroad 5-2 and Moorhead 12-1. The girls skated hard and passed well as a team, but just could not get the win. On Sunday, the 12U traveled to long time rival, East Grand Forks. The girls fought hard and came out on top with a 3-2 win. This upcoming weekend, the 12U girls host Bemidji on Saturday and Roseau on Sunday.
Player of the Week - Brekken Tull: Brekken has been working really hard at practice and it shows during games. Brekken always has a positive, can-do attitude.
The Crookston Bantam's played three games in two days over the weekend coming out with two district wins. Friday night, the Pirates found themselves in a battle with their rival East Grand Forks on the road. They finished the first period with a 1-0 lead thanks to some big saves by goalie Jaren Bailey. Shortly into the second period, Crookston had some issues and surrendered three straight goals. Following the third goal, the Pirates used their timeout to reset. Crookston's Kaleb Armstrong responded with a goal less than a minute later. Alex Longoria knotted the game at three halfway through the third period and Armstrong got his second of the game in overtime to win it 4-3 for Pirates. Saturday morning, Roseau came to town for their second district game of the weekend. The two teams exchanged goals until late in the third period when the Pirates took a two goal lead thanks to Jackson Demarais. Roseau pulled their goalie, pressured the Pirates and pulled the game within one, but Alex Longoria added an empty netter for his fourth goal of the game to lead the Pirates to a 6-4 victory. Saturday evening, Crookston faced-off against a tough Moorhead team. Moorhead jumped out to a five goal lead after the first period and never looked backed. The Pirates suffered their worst loss of the season, losing 7-2 to the Spuds with goals from Nathan Kelly and Alex Longoria. Scoring for the weekend -- Goals: Alex Longoria (6), Blaine Andringa (2), Kaleb Armstrong (2), Jackson Demarais (1), Nathan Kelly(1); Assists: Andringa, Demarais, Armstrong, Kelly; Saves: Jaren Bailey (133).
Player of the Week - Kaleb Armstrong: With two goals, one assist and the overtime game winner at EGF.