Crookston lost to Jamestown 2-1 in overtime.

    For the second time this season, Crookston and Jamestown took a game into overtime. The previous contest resulted in a tie, but this time, the Blue Jays topped the Pirates with a walk-off power play goal and a 2-1 win.

    “I thought we were the better team in the first and I thought we were the better team in the third,” Head Coach Tim Moe said. “We got in penalty trouble and we’re not good enough to overcome being a person down.”

    Grace Koshney (So. G) stopped 16 pucks for Crookston and Jada Nelson (8th Grade G) recorded 14 saves for Jamestown.

    The Pirates (2-10-1) only mustered four shots on goal in the first period, but found themselves ahead 1-0. The goal came off the stick of Samantha Sanders (Fr. F) 6:24 into the frame and served as Sanders’ second on the year.

    “One of the things we talk about all the time is thinking and anticipating,” Moe said. “[Samantha] said she saw Dillynn [Wallace] forechecking and there was only one place [Dillynn] could throw that puck. So [Samantha] went there and it ended right up on her stick. I thought Samantha Sanders played fantastic hockey, and it’s not just the goal. She was working hard out there and starting to anticipate things.”

    Jamestown (2-5-1) controlled the puck for the majority of the second period. The Blue Jays drew back-to-back checking penalties and even played 12 seconds of 5-on-3, but could not equalize the score.

    In the final minute of the period when the Pirates were called for too many players on the ice, Jamestown capitalized and tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal by Abby Grounds (Jr. D) assisted by Megan Albrecht (Jr. D) and Ella Roaldson (So. F).

    The second period ended with the Blue Jays outshooting the Pirates 12-5 overall.

    “We were way better today on [line] changing,” Moe said. “But what ends up happening with that long change is you get stuck on the ice. When you get stuck on the ice, you get tired and you take penalties. Then you end up tired in your own end.”

    Crookston found a spark on offense in the third period and outshot Jamestown 8-2 in the frame. The Blue Jays committed a tripping penalty with 12 minutes to play, but Crookston could not score. Towards the end of the period, the Pirates rattled off the majority of their eight shots on goal including a missed chance with a wide open net after a rebound. Neither team broke the tie and the game went into overtime.

    “We had kids that were in the right position,” Moe said. “It’s just a matter of execution. I do want to give a lot of credit to [Jamestown's] goalie. [Jada] hasn’t played much and she came came out and really shut us down.”

    Nora Peterson (So. F) was called for a checking penalty and Abby Soulis (Sr. F) won the game for the Blue Jays with 2:51 to play in overtime with the team’s second power play goal.

    In three overtime contests this season, the Pirates own a record of 0-2-1.

    Crookston will attempt to put an end to their six game losing streak when they head to Devils Lake on Thursday, January 3 at 7 p.m. Devils Lake won the first matchup this season 3-2 on December 21.

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