The Crookston girls' hockey team was scheduled to compete at the Thief River Falls Thanksgiving Classic, with their first game tonight against West Fargo.
Due to heavy winter storms slated to hit the area, however, the tournament was cancelled. That didn't stop the Pirates and West Fargo from getting their game in anyway, which they did at the Crookston Sports Center at noon Friday.
Crookston scored a third-period goal to send it to overtime, but West Fargo's Erin Nowacki found the net two and a half minutes into the sudden-death period, giving West Fargo a 2-1 win. The Pirates fell to 1-4.
"It's been a while since we've been in a lot of games like this," said Crookston head coach Tim Moe. "But...we're expecting to come out ahead in a lot of these games. Unfortunately the puck didn't bounce for us today. We had many great opportunities, just couldn't get one by her."
West Fargo opened the scoring in the first period with a goal from Sydney Dye. Goals from each team were waved off upon review in the second period, and the score stayed 1-0 after 34 minutes of play.
"I think it comes down to confidence," Moe said. "We started pressing in the third, we knew we needed to score a goal, and the kids just need to play with a sense of urgency."
Crookston's Raina Satrom (8, F) tied the game six minutes into the third period, off of assists from Morgan Nelson (8, D) and Catherine Tiedemann (Jr., F).
"Morgan Nelson just came into the zone and put a nice hard shot on the goalie," Moe said. "I think she was actually trying for the rebound on that. She aimed at the goalie's outside pad, which kicks the rebound out to the middle of the ice, and Raina Satrom was there and was ready to jump on it."
The Pirates outshot West Fargo, 25-21. After losing the shots battle by over 20 in each of their first three games, Crookston has outshot its last two opponents, Jamestown and West Fargo, by a combined total of 49-48.
Grace Koshney (Jr. G) made 20 stops for the Pirates.
UP NEXT: Crookston was originally supposed to meet Worthington at 9 a.m. Saturday. With the tournament in Thief River Falls cancelled, however, the Pirates' next game will instead be in Warroad on Dec. 3.
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