Crookston falls to 4-17-1 on the season.
CROOKSTON - Trailing by three in the first period, Crookston came within two with 12 minutes to play. But a back-breaking goal by Detroit Lakes’ Emma Coley (Fr. F), her second of the night, put the game on ice as the Lakers held on to win 4-1.
“We do some nice things, but whether it’s strength or skill, we cannot get pucks to the net,” Pirates Head Coach Tim Moe said. “Once we get pucks to the net, we have trouble getting two or three people there to get more chances.”
Leah Honer (Sr. G) played a near perfect game between the pipes for Detroit Lakes (6-17, 4-5 Section 8A) and stopped nine shots. Pirate goalie Grace Koshney (So. G) saved 36.
Nora Peterson (So. F) provided the only goal for the Pirates, her sixth of the season. Lily Burnside (Sr. F) and Kerrigan Hallisey (Sr. F) joined Coley as the Lakers' scorers.
The Pirates (4-17-1, 2-6 Section 8A) saw their first chance to take an early lead when Payton Carlblom ( Sr. D) committed a checking penalty. Crookston could not capitalize, and Detroit Lakes took a 1-0 advantage one minute after gaining full strength. Burnside found the back of the net, and Hallisey earned the assist.
Hallisey doubled the lead 3:26 later with an assist from Burnside, and the Lakers went ahead 2-0 with 6:26 remaining in the period.
Things grew worse for the Pirates after Cat Tiedemann (So. F) went to the penalty box for a trip, and Emma Coley (Fr. F) made it a 3-0 game with assists from Carlblom and Madyson Nelgard (Jr. F).
The Pirates managed four shots on goal to Detroit Lakes’ 14 in the frame and went into the first intermission trailing 3-0.
“First period, [Grace] wants to have that one back,” Moe said. “A couple of those goals were uncharacteristic of her. We talked between the first and second, and she’s been there for our kids bailing us out all year long. We need to be there for her.”
The Lakers rattled off 16 shots in the second frame, but could not beat Koshney. The Pirates found more offensive zone time, but left the ice with three shots on net in the period and no goals.
Crookston took a page out of Detroit Lakes’ book to draw closer in the third period. The Pirates killed a penalty, and seconds later, Peterson snuck the puck past Honer with 12:17 to play.
“She just took a loose puck, and she did what she’s capable of doing,” Moe said. “She’s a dynamic skater, and she took that hard to the net. She’s got the best shot on the team, and she was able to fire that up high. If we’re going to have success, she’s going to need to keep doing things like that.”
It took Detroit Lakes less than three minutes to earn the goal back for a 4-1 lead when Coley scored her second of the game. Abbi King (Sr. F) and Carlblom assisted on the score.
Crookston surrendered only one goal in the final two-plus periods, and Moe credits an increase in defensive play.
“I thought we did a better job blocking shots and helping [Grace] out,” Moe said. “We gave up 40 shots, but I don’t think there were a lot of great scoring opportunities in those 40 shots. I thought we did a pretty good job keeping things to the outside.”
The Pirates will wrap up their regular season schedule with a home game against International Falls on Saturday, February 2. The puck drops at 3 p.m.
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