Mite White had a three game weekend and did very well. They started off with a good game against Roseau on Saturday in Hallock. They played well but lost 5-2. Bladen Melsa got the two goals. Next, they played LOW and came out with a 9-2 win. They played their best game of the year, shot the puck hard, the boys spread out and called for the puck, made good passes, back checked very well keeping their shots to a minimum and were good teammates to each other. Brodie Meyer was the goalie for the first game, and Joseph Burnette was goalie for the second. Sunday, despite the storm, they went to RLF and played another very good game. They came away with another good victory and very well-played game. Kegan Erickson was goalie in RLF and helped get the win only giving up two goals. Goal scorers this weekend: Rowan Benoit, Jacob Biermaier, Kegan Erickson, Lukas Helgeson, Tucker Lubinski, Bladen Melsa, Asher Vigness, Hunter Brownsell, Davin Janek and Keegan Lessard.
Player of the Week - Kegan Erickson: Kegan was very aggressive in the games in Hallock and got rewarded with his first goal of the year. He skated very hard and made some great passes when he was under pressure. Kegan has been playing some really good defense this year, so it was fun to see him get a goal as well. Kegan was also our goalie for a game and came up with a couple big saves to give us a win. Keep up the good work, Kegan.
Mite Blue had a great week of hockey last week. On Saturday, they played in Hallock for their Jamboree and had two games in that Jamboree. First, they played Roseau in an exciting game. The kids knew they were playing good and often asked what the score was. Together, as a team, the kids had a lot of positive things that ultimately helped them finished the game with a 13-7 win. Scoring for Crookston were Hunter Brownsell (3), Braxton Miller (3), Blair Johnson, Keegan Lessard (2), Caden Perry (2) and Brayden Whal (2). The second game was against Langdon. The energy and level of play carried over from the first game. They seemed to be doing everything that they have been working on: skating hard, clearing the puck away from the net and passing the puck to the person in front of the net. Langdon had a great goaltender, but they still came home with an 8-1 win. Scoring in that game were Noah Chandler (2), Braxton Miller, Davin Janek (3), Blair Johnson and Caden Perry (2). On Sunday, they played in Red Lake Falls. They split the kids up a little from the traditional blue and white team for this game. The blue took all the older (third grade) boys, and a few third grade girls. They played a tough RLF (all third graders) team. They played a full ice game, which was a first for a few of their players. RLF had a couple very talented players, who scored the majority of their goals. Crookston quickly learned how important defense is to keeping the game close. The team played much better as the game progressed. They slowly dug out of the hole they found ourselves in and fought to the end. They took a 10-7 loss but kept their heads high. Scoring for Crookston were Noah Chandler, Caden Perry, Hailey Fritz, Sydney McDonald and Adley Vigness (3).
Player of the Week - Davin Janek: Davin played great at our Jamboree in Hallock. Davin stood out with some impressive moves on our opponents and scored some nice goals this weekend. Congratulations, Davin.
The 8U team traveled to Hallock this past weekend for a Mite Jamboree. Crookston had the only girls team in the Jamboree. The girls were a bit anxious going into the weekend, but they played very well. The first game played was against Roseau White with a close score of 11-9, putting the Pirates on top once again. All of the girls had to step up their game and play with a little more aggression to win the game. Peyton Demarias scored her very first goal of the season. Abby Lane was in net and did a great job blocking the pucks. Scoring for the Pirates: Peyton Demarias, Kenzie Lindo, Hailey Fritz, Rilynn Aubol, Adley Vigness and Sydney McDonald.
The second game played was against the Roseau Blue team. The Pirates played hard but came up short with a score of 12-5. The girls took the loss with a grain of salt and held their heads high. They played great as a team with solid passes, better positioning and hustling after the puck. Rilynn Aubol was in net and kept a positive attitude the entire time. Scoring for the Pirates: Peyton Demarias, Kenzie Lindo, Adley Vigness and Sydney McDonald.
The 8U will host TRF 10UB on Thursday, January 31 at 6:15 p.m. Come out and cheer the girls on.
Player of the Week - Hailey Fritz: Hailey is a strong player on the 8U team. She has shown great improvements since the start of the season. She plays mainly defense and does a great job of getting the puck from her opponent. Hailey works hard when she gets out on the ice and has had a successful season because of it. Congratulations, Hailey. You’ve earned it.
Squirt A traveled to Red Lake Falls Thursday evening where they won 5-1. Saturday, they headed to Grafton and ended with a 6-3 win. They closed the weekend on Sunday at Moorhead finishing strong with an 8-2 win.
Player of the Week - Jay Reese: Jay is always ready to work hard on the ice with his contagious energy and smile.
Squirt B had two games Saturday against two East Grand Forks teams, the first against EGF Black. Crookston lost 7-4. Scoring for Crookston were Hudson Rick (2) Camren Duncan (1) and Wyatt Marsyla (1). One assist went to Jaret Mattson. The second game was against EGF Green. Crookston lost 15-3. Scoring for Crookston were Camren Duncan (1) and Hudson Rick (2) with no assists.
Player of the Week - Cam Martin: Cam had a good weekend. He moved his tail and had a couple huge block shots where he was in the right place at the right time. Cam is a kind kid that never puts anybody down and strives to be a team player. Way to go, Cam.
The 10U girls played only one game this past weekend after their Saturday games were canceled. Friday evening, the girls went to East Grand Forks to take on the Green Wave in their second meeting of the season. The final score was 5-2 with Emma LaPlante scoring both goals for Crookston. Logan Brekken was in net and had 13 saves. This next weekend, the girls are scheduled to travel to Fergus Falls for one game on Saturday.
Player of the Week - Katie “KJ” Seaver: KJ has recently transitioned from defense to forward and has done this very well. She has a great attitude and always has a smile on her face (often with a laugh). She is a good, supportive teammate and is always positive. She’s a coachable player who seeks feedback from her coaches on what she can do to improve. Keep up the good work, Katie.
This weekend, the Peewee A team lost to the St. James Canadians 4-1 on Friday night and 12-0 to Roseau Saturday evening.
Player of the Week - Carter Trudeau: Congratulations to Carter Trudeau on being selected as this week’s Peewee A player of the week. Carter is a versatile player who scored our only goal this weekend versus a couple of challenging teams. Great job, Carter.
The PeeWees hosted their home hockey tournament this weekend. The kids played very hard and had one of their best games of the season on Friday afternoon against River Lakes. They did not come out on top, but it set the stage for a good weekend of hockey. They lost 2-1. Saturday, they came out sluggish and did not play overly well and lost 7-0 to a team from St. James. Saturday afternoon, they rebounded for an exciting game. Crookston was down 4-0 midway through the third period and fought and clawed their way back into the game and made it 4-3. With four seconds left, they drew a penalty shot to tie the game up, and Gavin Aakhus was able to deke the goalie and send the game into a shootout. Crookston ended up winning the game in a sudden death portion of the shootout. It was an extremely emotional game. Sunday, they came back and played another solid game against a team from Fargo. Crookston was up late but just could not close out the game. They ended up losing this one in a shootout.
Players of the Week - Jaden Steinbrink and Riley Helgeson: Both players were instrumental to our exciting shootout win on Saturday. Jaden even got the third goal in our comeback. Both kids have progressed as the season has gone on. Both kids have great attitudes and are always looking out for there teammates.
The 12U had this past weekend off. This upcoming weekend, the Crookston 12U will be traveling to West Fargo and Fergus Falls on Saturday.
Players of the Week - JoJo Wallace and Hattie Weiland: JoJo and Hattie both started hockey last year and have shown so much improvement. For the past two years, they both work hard in practice day in and day out to improve their skills, and it has shown out on the ice. Their attitudes and work ethic are a coaches dream, and we could not be prouder to have them as a part of our team. Keep up the great work, JoJo and Hattie.
The Crookstons Bantams played in the Grand Forks Tournament this weekend and placed fourth. On Friday night, Crookston defeated Seven Oaks 4-2. Scoring for Crookston were Alex Longoria (2), Blaine Andringa and Nathan Kelly. Assists went to Sam Stewart, Drake Lord, Nathan Kelly and Blaine Andringa. Jaren Bailey had 26 saves.
On Saturday, Crookston played Roseau winning a close game 3-2. Alex Longoria had all three goals. Assists went to Zac Tahran and Blaine Andringa. Jaren Bailey had 37 saves.
Crookston won another close one over Fargo Gray 3-2 on Saturday night. Goals went to Nathan Kelly (2) and Alex Longoria. Assisting on goals were Zac Tahran and Alex Longoria. Jaren Bailey was tested once again stopping 46 shots. On Sunday morning, they lost to the Kenora Thistles 5-1. Scoring Crookston's lone goal was Alex Longoria. Jaren Bailey had 40 saves.
In the third place game Sunday afternoon, Crookston ran into a physical Rivers East team and was defeated 8-2. Scoring for Crookston were Alex Longoria and Nathan Kelly. Assists went to Jackson Desmarais, Blaine Andringa, Zac Tahran and Thor Harbott. Jaren Bailey had 50 saves.
Player of the Week - Blaine Andringa: Blaine is the backbone to our defense. He plays very physical and is strong on the puck. He regularly shows up on the scoresheet because his ability to successfully move the puck into scoring positions for his teammates.