Six different Pirates score in 6-0 win Saturday at Crookston Sports Center.
A deeper, more talented Crookston Pirate girls' hockey squad Saturday at Crookston Sports Center dominated the International Falls Broncos on their way to a 6-0 win. The victory pushes the Pirates' record to 6-7, while I-Falls remains winless at 0-9.
Head Coach Tim Moe said the game provided a great opportunity for lots of Pirates to see the ice, including several players who don't see much varsity action. The Pirate JV team won, too, over I-Falls by a 3-1 score, and Moe said that he intentionally held out some JV players from playing the full three periods of that game so that they'd be eligible to get some significant varsity action. Even some JV girls who don't see a ton of JV time got a lot of ice time Saturday.
In a nutshell, lots of Pirates played a lot of meaningful minutes, varsity experience that Moe said can only help them down the road."A kid like Kaydin Brule who is a senior but only came out last year got her first varsity experience," Moe noted. "Also a kid like Coral Brekken who doesn't get to dress much for varsity games but got two periods of experience and did a great job." A 6-0 score qualifies as a blowout in hockey, but the margin of Saturday's win likely would have been wider, if not for the approach that involved getting a lot of Pirates a lot of ice time. Moe, in his first year in his second stint as girls' head coach, is trying to think long-term as far as returning the Pirate girls' program to loftier days gone by, but even he has been pleasantly surprised by the growth the Pirates have shown so far on the season. They've already won more games than they did all of last season. "You always want to score more but for me it is more important to build the program, play hard, gain experience and get better individually every day and we were able to accomplish that," Moe said. "I'm very proud of all of our kids, JV and varsity. On the day (in both games) we gave up 1 goal on 9 shots. We have gotten so much better defensively. A big part of that is being better with the puck in the offensive zone." Not only did six different Pirates score goals in the varsity game, Moe said only two of the goals came from the team's top two lines. Stature-wise, the most diminutive Pirate on the ice, eighth-grader Brynley Coleman from Hatton, North Dakota, moved up due to Pirate injuries and centered the third line Saturday and was a plus-4 with two assists, Moe noted. Then there was Taylor Garrett a senior from Mayville, N.D. who normally doesn't see a regular shift, due to player illnesses stepped in to play solid defense, Moe said, and notched her first varsity goal. Samantha Sanders and Grace Fischer got their first varsity goals of the season as well. "Just an all-around great team effort put forth, and a nice way for us to head into the holiday break," Moe said. Game recap
The Pirates were clearly the better team from the get-go, but they weren't able to get a puck past Bronco netminder Macey Marcotte until the closing minutes of the period, when Morgan Nelson scored on a shot through traffic from just outside the slot. Catherine Tiedemann got the helper. Before Nelson's goal was even announced, she fed Samantha Sanders, who put a deflected, knuckling shot past Marcotte, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
The Pirates continued their dominating play in the second period but were held scoreless in the middle stanza. Crookston returned to their scoring ways in the third with four goals. Scoring, in order, were Breck Fugleberg, Grace Fischer, Raina Satrom and Taylor Garrett. Brynley Coleman notched two assists on the four goals, Fischer had one, along with Dillynn Wallace and Kenze Epema.
Goalie Grace Koshney wasn't tested much in the shot, as the Pirates outshot International Falls 47-4.
The Pirates are off until Dec. 27, when they'll host Jamestown.