Pirates even season series with DL boys hockey
Crookston and Detroit Lakes met for the second time in 10 days and the Pirates defended home ice in a 3-1 victory Tuesday night to even the season series and muddle the top of the standings in Section 8A.
Both teams entered the game in a deadlock for second place in the section behind East Grand Forks. They’ve knocked each other out of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The Lakers defeated Crookston by a 3-1 score at home on Jan. 6 and the Pirates. The teams have been even in recent seasons and the Pirates were prepared for a dogfight.
Crookston controlled the puck and play for much of the game. The Pirates never trailed.
Ben Andringa pestered the Laker defense forcing a turnover and Brandon Boetcher scored on the play at three-minutes, 31-seconds of the first period.
The Pirates struck for a second time with only 10 seconds remaining in the period and got a power play to start the second period when Alex Bren was called for holding as time expired.
Crookston’s power play turned into the only Laker goal of the game when Trey Seebold stole the puck, drove to the net and got a shot on Crookston goalie Cade Salentine. The save was made but Jackson Fields was there to bury the rebound for a shorthanded goal.
Andringa buried an insurance goal midway through the second period leading to a scoreless third period.
Salentine stopped 26 Laker shots to earn the victory. Blake Itzen made 21 saves.
Crookston improves to 8-8 overall and 4-3 in the section. DL drops to 6-8-1 and 3-2 in 8A games. The Lakers face another section opponent in Lake of the Woods (10-2-2, 6-1) Friday, Jan. 19 at Kent Freeman Arena.
DL 0 1 0 - 1
CR 1 2 0 - 3
C-Brandon Boetcher (even strength) (Ben Andringa)
C- Tim Parr (even strength) (Eric Delorme, Logan Wardner)
D- Jackson Fields (short handed) (Trey Seebold)
C- Ben Andringa (even strength) (Eric Delorme, Ben Trostad)