The Pirates drop to 2-12-1 on the season.
THIEF RIVER FALLS - Three different Thief River Falls players scored twice, and the Prowlers outshot the Crookston Pirates 43-4 in a 7-0 win.
Grace Koshney (So. G) recorded 36 saves for Crookston (2-12-1), and Thief River Falls (13-4) used Gabby Steele and Bella Berzinski who tallied three and one respectively.
“[TRF] is bigger, faster and stronger,” Head Coach Tim Moe said. “They have juniors and seniors and they’re deep and we just can’t match up.”
Khloe Lund (Jr. D) and Katie Nelson (Jr. D) opened the scoring for TRF in the ninth and 10th minute for a 2-0 lead. In the first period, the Prowlers outshot the Pirates 18-0.
Lund and Nelson also scored in the second period, this time, in the opposite order. Nelson beat Koshney at 3:45 and Lund added her second score two minutes later as the Prowlers took control ahead 4-0.
Two new names to the scoring sheet, Hannah Magnusson (Sr. F) and Shelby Breiland (So. F), cashed in four minutes apart, and Thief River Falls went into the second intermission leading 6-0.
Although the Prowlers outscored Crookston 4-0 in the frame, the Pirates held TRF to eight shots on goal while recording three of their own.
“We had more offensive opportunities that period, so with more chances, I thought we gave up more on defense,” Moe said. “I thought we kept our structure, but they counterattacked it quick. We’re playing with a top 10 team in the state, and we kept them under 50 shots. We played well defensively despite the score and we competed. We had some zone time, but for whatever reason, we don’t like to shoot.”
Breiland completed the scoring with her second goal of the game 1:40 into the third period. Crookston sent one puck on net and eventually fell 7-0.
Crookston now sits in the midst of a nine game losing streak. In this skid, the Pirates have gone to overtime three times and lost by one goal on four occasions.
“We just have to keep getting better,” Moe said. “We’re getting closer. We haven’t been in that situation yet where we know how to win. We need to break through and learn how to compete well enough to win. The first step is to start winning close ones and competing with the top teams. I think we’re doing things to take those next steps. At some point, those will go in for us.”
Next up, Crookston crosses the border to take on Grand Forks on Monday, January 14. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
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