The Crookston Pirates secured home ice for the Section 8A girls hockey play-in game next Thursday after earning a regular season sweep of Detroit Lakes 3-2 at Kent Freeman Arena Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first period. Crookston goalie Grace Koshney turned away a pair of Laker breakaway attempts by Emma Coley and Ella Hess to keep the zero on the scoreboard.

Laker junior Ella Hess enters the offensive zone with the puck during a Section 8A matchup with Crookston at home Tuesday night. Robert Williams / Tribune
Laker junior Ella Hess enters the offensive zone with the puck during a Section 8A matchup with Crookston at home Tuesday night. Robert Williams / Tribune

Crookston dominated play in the second outshooting the Lakers 17-2 but only getting one goal out of it from Raina Satrom to head to the third period up 1-0. Satrom was part of all three Crookston goals.

The teams duked it out in the third period with shots 15-13 Crookston and two goals each.

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Nora Peterson took a Satrom pass and scored midway through the period for a 2-0 lead.

DL’s Madyson Melgard scored at 10:31 on an Emma Coley assist to get within one but the Pirates Cassie Solheim tallied a minute later to negate DL momentum and go back up by two goals.

Melgard netted her second of the game in the final minute of play for the 3-2 final.

Koshney picked up the win making 21 saves. DL goalie Leah Honer stopped 34 of 37 Pirate shots.

Both games with Crookston (9-12) have been close. DL lost 3-1 on the road in mid-December.

The Lakers (3-18) have two games remaining in the regular season: home versus East Grand Forks (11-11) Thursday, Jan. 30 and at Prairie Centre (4-14-2) Saturday, Feb. 1.

No. 2 Warroad (18-3-2) is a heavy favorite to return to state after finishing second in Class A last season. East Grand and Thief River Falls (10-12) are still jockeying for the second seed in the section. The Green Wave hold two victories over the Prowlers, each by one goal.

The Section 8A play-in game will be held in Crookston Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

Crookston 3, Detroit Lakes 2

CR 0 1 2 - 3

DL 0 0 2 - 2

C - Raina Satrom (Nora Peterson, Rylee Solheim)

C - Nora Peterson (Raina Satrom, Cassie Solheim)

D - Madyson Melgard (Emma Coley)

C - Cassie Solheim (Raina Satrom, Nora Peterson)

D - Madyson Melgard (Payton Schiltz)