The Crookston Pirates Boy’s Hockey team hosted the Bagley-Fosston Flyers on Thursday night inside the Crookston Sports Center in a Section 8A matchup. It was a physical game, and Crookston mounted a late comeback, scoring four straight goals, the last one from Carter Trudeau in OT to secure a 5-4 win. “I’m very excited for the boys,” said Pirates Head Coach Josh Hardy. “We could probably go play another game right now if we had to.”
It was an extremely physical game right from the start, with both teams playing hard from the opening drop of the puck. Jack Doda got the scoring started for the Pirates, as he received a pass at the blue line and just threw it on the net to beat the goalie, giving the Pirates an early 1-0 lead. The Flyers wasted no time responding, scoring another strange goal on a bouncing puck to tie the game at 1-1 less than four minutes into the game. The teams traded a few shots, and at the 9:21 mark, the Flyers would snag their first lead of the game on a goal from Logan Merschman. “We weren’t great in the first period,” said Pirates Head Coach Josh Hardy. “I thought we dug ourselves in a hole tonight, and the biggest difference tonight was we showed a lot of heart and effort later in the game to come back.” Each team would have a couple of chances on the Power Play but would be unsuccessful, and Bagley-Fosston would take a 2-1 lead into the second period. The Flyers outshot the Pirates 9-5 in the first period.
The Flyers quickly built on their lead, scoring a goal 1:49 into the second period taking a 3-1 lead. A few minutes later, Bagley-Fosston would score their fourth straight goal taking a 4-1 lead. The Pirates controlled the last nine minutes of the middle frame. The physical style of play continued in the second period and gave Crookston another Power Play opportunity. This time the Pirates would capitalize with the man advantage to pull the score within two at 4-2 with 2:21 remaining in the middle frame. Jack Doda took a beautiful pass from Alex Longoria to score his second goal of the game. “I said if we got a Power Play goal tonight, we would win the game,” said Pirates Head Coach Josh Hardy. “I was a little nervous about that being down two goals, but we ended up getting more than one Power Play goal, and we did a good job on that tonight.” Crookston would get another chance on the Power Play, but it would be broken up by the end of the period, and the score would remain 4-2 Bagley-Fosston heading into the final frame. Shots were almost even after two periods of play, with the Flyers holding a slight advantage at 21-20.
The third period was all Crookston, as they had several Power Play opportunities and could take advantage of one. “The third period, I thought we really came out and dominated,” said Pirates Head Coach Josh Hardy. “We got Power Play chances, got pucks on net, and did a great job controlling the game.” Alex Longoria brought the Pirates within one goal on an even-strength goal, and the Pirates would then tie the game on a Power Play goal from Ty Larson with 9:51 remaining in the game. It was Larson’s second goal of the season. “Ty does so many things right, so it’s nice to see him get rewarded with a goal like that,” said Pirates Head Coach Josh Hardy. “It was similar to his first goal this year, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.” Each team would have one more Power Play in the final ten minutes, but after some crucial saves from each goalie, the teams would skate into OT. Crookston outshot the Flyers 11-3 in the final period and ended up outshooting them 32-24 on the night.
Overtime lasted just 30 seconds, as the Pirates won the faceoff, and on the opening shift, Alex Longoria shot one on the net, and the rebound came straight to Carter Trudeau, and he did the rest. “Coach said we were going to get one on the first shift, and he was right,” said Pirates Sophomore Carter Trudeau. “He said a shot out front would be there off of a rebound, so I positioned myself there, and again he was right. It’s such an incredible feeling, everywhere I go I’m getting hugged or patted on the back, it was a fun night and a big win for us as a team.”
Jaren Bailey would earn the win in net for the Pirates allowing four goals and making 20 saves in the winning effort. Kassandra Fontaine suffered the loss for the Flyers making 27 saves and giving up five goals.
Crookston improves to 2-11-1 on the season and will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to take on a very good Little Falls squad in Little Falls. The puck will drop at 3:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on KROX Radio starting with the RiverView Health pregame show at 2:30 p.m. Bagley-Fosston falls to 8-8-1 and snaps their six-game win streak.
3:06 – Crox – Jack Doda (Unassisted)
3:56 – B-F – Brecken Levin (Logan Merschman)
9:21 – B-F – Logan Merschman (Brecken Levin)
1:49 – B-F – Brecken Levin (Markus Olson)
7:27 – B-F – Logan Merschman (Isaac Schermerhorn)
14:39 – Crox – (PP) Jack Doda (Alex Longoria)
6:16 – Crox Alex Longoria (Carter Trudeau, Jack Doda)
7:09 – Crox – (PP) Ty Larson (Ashton Shockman)
0:30 – Crox – Carter Trudeau (Jack Doda, Alex Longoria)
|Kassandra Fontaine – BF||4||14||8||1||27|
|Jaren Bailey – Crookston||7||10||3||0||20|