The Mite White team had three games over the weekend. It started off with a 6-4 loss against Hallock. They started out slow, but played very well towards the end of the game. They then suffered a couple big losses against EGF green and white. As a team, they worked hard even though they found ourselves behind in every game this weekend. Brodie Meyer and Kegan Erickson did very well playing defense and going hard for the puck when they had the chance. Scoring this week for the white was Rowan Benoit, Jacob Biermaier, Tucker Labinski, Bladen Melsa and Brodie Meyer. Even though they did not get a lot of shots on net, they took advantage of the ones they did.
Player of the Week - Brodie Meyer: Brodie has really stepped it up in practice the last couple of weeks and know has goals two weeks in a row. It is a lot of fun watching how hard he has been working and getting rewarded for it. Keep up the good work, Brodie.
The Mite Blue had three away games last weekend. Saturday, they traveled to Hallock and played a good game, but had a hard time hitting the back of the net. They left there with a 4-1 loss with Braxton Miller scoring the lone goal. Sunday, they played two games in East Grand Forks. First, they played EGF White, which was by far the most talented team they have ever played. Even though they took a big loss, 14-2, the boys did not give up and showed that they are improving. Scoring for Crookston was Caden Perry and Brayden Wahl. The second team they played was the EGF Grey. Again, this was a talented team. However, the boys played extremely well and the 10-5 loss sure did not reflect the game play on the ice. Scoring for Crookston was Davin Janek, Caden Perry (2) and Braxton Miller (2).
Player of the Week - Braxton Miller: Braxton has really improved his skating skills along with better positioning on the ice. His hard work in practice transferred to the games this weekend getting three nice goals. Congratulations, Braxton. Keep up the hard work.
Crookston 8U hosted East Grand Forks last weekend. Crookston took home the win with a score of 8-2. With another win under their belts, it leaves the 8U girls undefeated. Peyton Demarais was the goalie this week and did a fantastic job keeping those pucks out of the net. The defense players did an amazing job of stopping the puck from leaving the offensive zone and keeping the shots on net to a minimum. Hailey Fritz, Shyuh Burnette and Abby Lane were a few of the stand-out defensive players this week. The girls are working hard at learning all positions and looking for opportunities to pass the puck. Game goals were scored by Hailey Fritz, Adley Vigness, Rilynn Aubol (assist), Irelynn Trostad and Sydney McDonald.
Player of the Week - Irelynn Trostad: Irelynn scored her first career goal against EGF. Irelynn started playing hockey only a year ago. She has come a long way in that year and she continues to grow on and off the ice. Irelynn has made huge improvements in both practices and games by working hard, listening and keeping a positive attitude. The sky’s the limit now, and it will be an exciting season watching her spread her wings and fly. Congratulations to Irelynn.
Crookston Squirt A was on the road this weekend. First stop was Fergus Falls on Saturday afternoon with Crookston taking the win 7-0. They headed to Fargo that evening, where they defeated the Angels 14-4.
Player of the Week - Isaiah Donarski: Way to work hard, Isaiah. Keep it up.
We had a busy weekend at home. Saturday, they played two Fargo Freeze teams, Maroon and Gold. Against the Gold, they got on the board with Cam Duncan scoring 59 seconds into the game, and the assist going to Jace Bruggeman. Fargo scored two before Hudson Rick scored for Crookston, unassisted. Fargo proceeded to score two more to finish the period with Crookston down 4-2. In the second, Wyatt Marsyla scored his very first goal of the season, unassisted. Shortly after, Hudson Rick scored his second goal of the game, unassisted. With 49 seconds left in the second, Wyatt Marsyla scored his second goal of the game, unassisted, putting Crookston up at 5-4 to start the third period. In the third period, Fargo scored twice, putting them at six, and Crookston lost 6-5. A heartbreaking ending.
For the second game Saturday against the Maroon team, Hudson Rick started off the scoring with a sweet short-hander, assisted by Wyatt Marsyla and Jace Bruggeman. A minute and a half later, Hudson Rick scored again, assisted by Wyatt Marsyla. Later on in the first, Hudson Rick scored a hatty, assisted by Aiden Weiland, putting Crookston up 3-1 after one. In the second, Cam Martin scored his very first ever goal, assisted by Kira Daniels. The look on his face was priceless and unforgettable. It really was exciting for the team and we all celebrated. Way to go, Cam. Shortly after, Cam Duncan scored, unassisted, then Wyatt Marsyla, assisted by Hudson Rick, put Crookston up 6-2 after two. In the third, towards the end, Fargo was on a power play. Hudson Rick scored his second shorty of the game, assisted by Wyatt Marsyla. A few seconds later, Cam Duncan scored a shorty and his second of the game, unassisted, giving Crookston Squirt B's their first win of the season by a score of 8-2. It was an exciting day with lots of firsts for our team. It was fun to see them all come together as a team and celebrate each single victory.
Sunday, they played their third game of the weekend. They played LOW. Hudson Rick and Cam Duncan scored their two goals of the game, both unassisted, Crookston lost 8-2.
Player of the Week - Hudson Rick: He had a great weekend with seven goals and one assist. He works hard every time he steps on the ice, whether for practice or game time. He knows where to be positionally on defense or forward. He's a leader, he's a kind, coachable kid with a positive attitude. Keep it up, Hudson.
The 10U girls took on Hibbing at home, twice this past weekend. The first game on Saturday evening was a nail-biter, with the score going back and forth most of the game. The Pirates won 7-6 in overtime with Logan Brekken scoring the game-winner. Scoring for Crookston were Emma LaPlante (3), Logan Brekken (2), Alexa Bartrum and Emmi Trostad. Adelia Weiland was in net with eight saves. The second game against Hibbing was played on Sunday and was another close one. It ended in a 3-3 tie after overtime. Scoring for Crookston were Emma LaPlante (2) and Mya Bower. The girls head north this next weekend to take on Warroad on Saturday and Roseau on Sunday.
Player of the Week - Claire McDonald: Claire is a strong defenseman on the ice. Her hockey sense and positioning is very good, and she is also getting confident in her ability to push the puck up the ice in offensive attacks as well. She is a hard-working and very coachable player and has become a great teammate to everyone. Keep up the good work, Claire.
This weekend, the Pee Wee A traveled to Hibbing for a tournament. They lost to International Falls 5-3, Little Falls 7-1, Monticello 8-0 and Andover 7-3.
Player of the Week - Jackson Reese: Jackson is an aggressive defenseman who is not afraid to mix it up with his opponents. Jackson also is a reliable player who his teammates can count on during key situations.
The Peewees played at home on Friday night and played a complete game from start to finish winning 6-0 in their best performance of the season. Sunday, they traveled to Fargo to play the Angels and lost 3-1. They sealed the game with a late goal with about 15 seconds left. Both games were fun to be a part of and they are the types of games that keep the kids coming back to the rink. Both games were extremely competitive and they left if all out on the ice in each.
Player of the Week - Dylan Thode: He had a shutout in a team effort on Friday and played well and kept us in the game on Sunday. Dylan has a competitive side to him that is exactly what you want out of your goalie. He goes out there and competes every game.
This 12U hosted their home tournament this past weekend. The four teams that participated were Crookston Pirates, Seven Oaks Rockets, Warroad Warriors and Waconia Wildcats.
On Friday, the 12U played Seven Oaks Rockets from Canada. It was a back-and-forth game and ended in a 2-2 tie in regulation time and went into a three person shoot-out to determine a winner. Crookston's goalie, Karlie Arthur went 0-for-3 in the shoot-out and Reese Swanson scored the winning shoot-out goal. Scoring for Crookston in regulation time were Maddie Harbott, assisted by Morgan Nelson, and Brekken Tull, unassisted.
Saturday morning, Crookston played district rival Warroad in another back-and-forth competitive game which ended in a 3-3 tie and again went into a three person shoot-out. Karlie Arthur was up for the challenge and did not let a goal past her. Addie Fee had the game-winning shoot-out goal for Crookston. Scoring for Crookston in regulation time were Reese Swanson, unassisted, Cassie Solheim, assisted by Kaylie Clauson, and a power play goal by Coral Brekken, assisted by Maddie Harbott.
Saturday evening, the 12U hosted Waconia in a rough, competitive, back-and-forth game, which ended in a 3-3 tie. Crookston was not able to pull off another shoot-out win and Waconia advanced to the championship game. Scoring for Crookston were Paige Abrahamson, unassisted, Reese Swanson, unassisted, and Brekken Tull, assisted by Georgia Sanders.
Sunday, Crookston played the Seven Oaks Rockets for third place and won 4-2. Crookston dominated the game and was mostly in the offensive zone the entire game. Karlie Arthur only saw 15 shots. Scoring for Crookston were Reese Swanson (2), both unassisted and one short handed, and Brekken Tull (2), one assisted by Addie Fee on a power play and the other was unassisted.
Crookston will be traveling to participate in a tournament in Brainerd this upcoming weekend.
Player of the Week - The entire Crookston 12U team: The 12U played with pride and heart this past weekend and they were rewarded for that effort with three, deserved wins. Keep up the good work, Crookston 12U.
The Crookston Bantams started 2019 with a three game weekend. On Friday night, the boys took care of East Grand Forks by a score of 4-1. Alex Longoria led Crookston with a hat trick. Zachary Tahran found the back of the net as well. Goaltender Jaren Bailey finished the tilt with 31 saves. Saturday was a busy day for the Pirates. The boys traveled to Park Rapids for a noon game against the Panthers. The Pirates came into the game looking to sweep the Panthers on the year after beating them 6-3 earlier in the year. The physical play of the Panthers had other plans as they took it to the Pirates 7-0. Jaren Bailey finished the game with 41 saves. Later that evening, the Pirates headed north to take on the mighty Bagley Flyers who were undefeated in district play. The Pirates hit the reset button and played their best game of the season taking down the Flyers 6-3. Zach Tahran unleashed is inner Thomas Vanek with two beautiful tip goals. Alex Longoria did not stop at the hat trick as he found the back of the net four times. Jaren Bailey shut down the Flyers 32 times in the victory. On Tuesday, January 8, the Pirates hosted Thief River Falls in a make-up game from December. The Pirates found themselves trailing 2-1 going into the third period when they scored three unanswered goals to take down the prowlers 4-2. Blaine Andringa notched a goal along with Alex Longoria getting his third hat trick of the week. Jaren Bailey stayed plenty busy turning away 46 shots in the win. The Pirates look to carry this momentum into their home tournament this weekend.
Player of the Week - Alex Longoria: Alex is an outstanding young hockey player. Alex is the Pirates leading scorer and a true leader of this team. He works hard everyday and pushes the other boys to work just as hard. He also puts in the hours outside of team practice by rarely missing an open hockey and volunteering his time to help shoot at goalie practices. Alex is coming off a 10-goal weekend in four games landing him the Player of the Week honor.