Crookston boys' hockey fell 9-4 to Northern Lakes on Thursday night in Pequot Lakes after giving up five goals in the second period and three unanswered to end the game.
The Pirates fell to 1-17 with the loss, while the Lightning improved to 10-7-2 on the season.
The game started out evenly enough, as Jack Doda (Fr., F) scored unassisted just three minutes into the first period before Northern Lakes' Tyler Seeling answered five minutes later.
But Shane Donovan, Hunter Nybakken and Quady Bernu scored in quick succession to start the second period for the Lightning, putting them up 4-1.
Gavin Anderson (Jr., G) scored his first goal of the season after a relative scoring drought of seven minutes, before Donovan and Caden Kjelstrom pushed the Northern Lakes lead to 6-2 at the end of the second period.
The Pirates looked to mount a late charge when Noah Kiel (Jr., F) found the net two minutes into the third period and Anderson found the net again just 41 seconds later. However, Northern Lakes had an answer.
Donovan finished off a hat trick midway through the third period to make it 7-4, and Nybakken scored three minutes later. Kyler Couture put the finishing touches on the win with a power-play goal with 4:04 left to play.
The Lightning outshot Crookston, 57-33, for the game. Their goaltender, Adler Hoagland, made 29 saves, while the Pirates' starter, Jaren Bailey (Fr.) stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced. Carter Nelson (Jr., G) made 22 saves after relieving Bailey during the second period.
In addition to his hat trick, Donovan also registered three assists, while Kjelstrom racked up five helpers. Ty Hamre (Sr., D) had two assists for the Pirates.
For such a high-scoring game, neither team spent much time on the power play — 12 of the game's 13 goals came at even strength. Crookston committed four penalties, while Northern Lakes committed one.
Thursday's game was a makeup of the game which was originally scheduled for last Saturday, Jan. 18, but postponed due to winter storms.
UP NEXT: Crookston is on the road to play East Grand Forks (12-3-2, 4-1) next Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Green Wave, ranked fifth in the state, beat the Pirates 7-0 in Crookston on Dec. 10.
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