The Pirates near the end of the 2018 portion of their schedules.
East Grand Forks put an end to the Pirates’ perfect season with a 55-33 win. Since then, Crookston has not lost.
Since the defeat to the Green Wave, the Pirates have outscored their opponents 161-115. The defense stayed hot on December 18 holding a team to less than 40 points for the sixth time, this time against Barnesville. A team has yet to score 60 against the Pirates this year while Crookston has topped the mark four times.
The Pirates faced their first close finish in their matchup with Barnesville. In the low scoring affair, Crookston struggled with shooting, but pulled out a 35-27 win anyway.
Although Crookston beat Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton by 15 on December 20, the Rebels kept it close trailing by five with 4:28 to play. Free throws largely contributed to the win with 31 of Crookston’s 67 points coming from the charity stripe.
Shooting 68.8 percent from the line against DGF should be encouraging for the Pirates. In their first four games, Crookston owned a free throw percentage of 68. Their success rate in the three following games dipped to 50 percent. On the season, the Pirates sit at 62.6 percent. That number will need to stay high if Crookston wants to put away or hang on to close games.
The Pirates faced their worst loss of the season in an 8-1 blowout against East Grand Forks. In the three games since then, Crookston increased their offensive production scoring 11 goals which equals their goal total for the first six games.
Joe Doda (Jr. F) has assumed the role of lead goal-scorer with six on the season and four in the last three. Three of them came in a hat trick performance as part of a 6-5 OT loss to Minneapolis.
After scoring two goals in the first six games, Eric Delorme (Sr. F) has come on with three in the last trio of games. Two came in the team’s first win of the season, a 5-3 victory over Park Rapids. His season total is now five.
With the help of two wins in one evening, the Pirates climbed over the .500 mark in duals. Despite forfeiting six weights in the two duals, Crookston beat Devils Lake 42-32 and downed Grafton 50-24.
Entering the duals, Crookston owned a record of 32-48 in matches decided by pins, but only lost by fall twice to Devils Lake and Grafton. The Pirates pinned their opponents 11 times.
Fouls have plagued the Pirates in their two straight losses. Caden Osborn (Jr. C), who averages 13 points per game, has fouled out three games in a row and the Pirates’ opponents often find themselves in double bonus.
In the 65-52 loss to Thief River Falls on December 18, Crookston turned a 16-point deficit at halftime into a 41-36 game with 11:13 to play, but did not possess the depth to overcome the Prowlers.
The Pirates have surrendered at least 60 points in all but one of their games.
Crookston hit a rough patch against a pair of quality opponents: Fergus Falls and East Grand Forks. After only facing two shutouts in their first nine games, the Pirates lost by a combined 16-0 to the Otters and Green Wave.
The Pirates only mustered 12 shots on goal in both games combined and are currently in a five game losing streak.
The bright spot comes from Grace Koshney (So. G) who recorded a total of 75 saves in the two losses.
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