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After starting the season 1-2 in duals, the Pirates have won 10 duals in a row. In those first three matches, opponents outscored Crookston 127-89. When combining the three duals and two tournaments, Pirate wrestlers possessed a record of 24-39 when a pin decided a match.
One month later, they have flipped the script. During their win streak, Crookston outscored their opponents 473-264. The pin statistic improved immensely at 57-29 in the 10 duals and one tournament. Their closest margin of victory came in an eight-point win over Roseau.
The Pirates finished 12-5 last year and sit one win away from matching last year’s total with a month left in the regular season.
The Pirates currently sit in the middle of a three game losing streak. In the last three games, Crookston averaged 71 points per game. One problem: they allowed 89.3 per game in the same stretch.
On the bright side, Nick Garmen (Sr. F) is close to the 1,000 point mark in his career and sits 51 points away. Garmen averaged 22.6 points per game in the skid and Caden Osborn (Jr. C) put up 25.6 per game.
Crookston recorded their season-high in points and held an opponent to the lowest amount in a 70-16 win over Bagley for the Pirates’ ninth win of the year.
In the previous season, Crookston carried a record of 6-5 through 11 games. Seven of the games last year were repeated this season thus far and Crookston went from 4-3 in those games a year ago to 6-1 in the current season.
Strength of schedule is something to consider. Out of Crookston’s seven section games, where the Pirates are 5-2, their opponents combine for a record of 25-48. Only three of Crookston’s section games came against teams with a record over .500, East Grand Forks and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton twice. The Pirates went 1-2 in those games.
Despite their record, the Pirates have been shutout just once this season. They scored only one goal in five games this year, but not zero until a 4-0 loss to AA Bemidji on Tuesday, January 8.
The last time Crookston put up zero was in a 1-0 loss to Hibbing on January 19, 2018. The loss to Bemidji this year ended a 23 game streak in which Crookston scored at least one goal.
The 2016-2017 team suffered four shutout defeats.
The record may not indicate it, but Crookston has improved from the previous season. In 2017-2018, the Pirates finished 5-21. Crookston started this year 2-3-1, but have not won since.
Opponents shutout the Pirates eight times a year ago and although Crookston went through nine games this year with only two shutout losses, the team has failed to score three times in the last six contests.
Crookston’s offense is more potent in the 2018-2019 season. Through 15 games in 2017-2018, the Pirates amassed 16 goals. In 15 games this season, Crookston scored 28 times. Defense also improved from allowing 92 goals in 15 matchups last season to 69 in the same stretch.
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