Crookston boys' hockey came into Thursday night still looking for its first win.
It got that and then some.
Jack Doda (Fr., F) scored four goals, all coming in a monster second period, and the Pirates blasted Park Rapids Area, 7-2, in the teams' Section 8A game in Park Rapids.
Crookston improved to 1-13 and 1-4 in section play, while the Panthers fell to 3-11 and 0-6.
The Pirates dominated the first period shot totals, outshooting Park Rapids 19-5, but found themselves trailing 2-1 anyway.
Nash Mitchell scored two minutes into the game for the Panthers. Joey Doda (Sr., F) answered him for Crookston before Joey Hillukka gave Park Rapids momentum into the break by scoring just 11 seconds before the end of the period.
The game seemed as if it would follow a frustrating script for the Pirates: lots of chances, but an inability to convert. Instead, they exploded in the second period.
Jack Doda tied the game in the period's first minute, and scored a short-handed goal to give Crookston the lead 10 minutes later — tying the Pirates' season-high in goals already.
The last three goals of the period all came on the power play: two off the stick of Jack Doda and one more by Joey Doda.
Ty Hamre (Sr., D) provided the final margin with his goal midway through the third period.
After giving up goals on two of his first five shots faced, Noah Dragseth (Jr., D) shut down the Panthers the rest of the way, finishing with 21 saves. His counterpart, Ben Strandlie, made 35.
Along with his four goals, Jack Doda had two assists, giving him a whopping 19 points on the season. Ben Andringa (Sr., F) had three assists on Thursday, while Alex Longoria (Fr., F) finished with two.
The Pirates were 3-of-5 on the power play, a massive improvement from their 16.7 percent for the season.
UP NEXT: Crookston will have its work cut out for it in trying to build off its first win, as it will go to Warroad to take on the Section 8A-leading Warriors (13-1, 4-0) on Saturday.
Warroad blew out the Pirates, 7-2, on Dec. 4 in Crookston behind four goals from Northern Michigan commit Grant Slukynsky.
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