The Crookston Pirate boys' hockey team hosted a couple of not-so-familiar opponents this weekend and lost 7-5 Friday to the Achiever Academy Aces and lost 9-2 Saturday to Blake at Crookston Sports Center.
The Pirates drop to 1-2 on the season. They will travel to Hallock, Minn. Tuesday to take on Kittson County Central. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.
Achiever vs. CHS
The Pirates jumped out to a 4-1 lead midway through the second period but the Aces answered with five straight goals then an empty-net goal to seal the 7-5 victory.
Pirate senior goalie Parker Epema record 19 saves. Achiever's Cameron Madrid posted ten saves before being pulled in the second period for Sage Broda, who finished with 12 saves.
Crookston led 2-0 after the first period with a pair of goals from sophomore forward Bobby Tiedemann, who scored with 12:36 left, assisted by linemates Doug Larson and Montell Tate, and with 25 seconds left on a blast from the slot on the power play, assisted by Larson and Brady Heppner. Those were Tiedemann's second and third goals of the season.
Cory Sprague got Achiever on the board with 14:19 left in the second period, but Pirate junior forward Chandler St. Michel answered back just 25 seconds later, assisted by Tanner Geatz.
Larson then stretched Crookston's lead to 4-1 with 9:08 left on a goal assisted by Cody Wardner.
The Aces started their five-goal run with 8:15 left in the second period on a goal by Victory Morgan. Sprague then made it 4-3 with 3:37 left before Baron Thompson tied the game with five seconds left in the second period.
Thompson then added his second goal on the power play at the 1:44 mark of the third period. Garrett Martin gave the Aces a 6-4 lead with 6:23 left in the third period on another power play.
Larson notched his third goal of the season with 3:27 left in the third period cutting Achiever's lead to 6-5. He was assisted by St. Michel and Heppner with the goalie pulled.
The Aces iced the game with 1:08 left on a shorthanded goal by Sprague to finish the hat trick on the empty net.
Blake vs. CHS
The Blake Bears scored four goals in each of the first two periods to upend the Pirates 9-2. Charlie Hartwell scored a natural hat trick in the second period.
Wardner, a sophomore forward, scored both of Crookston's goals. The first at the 1:03 mark of the second period on assists from Heppner and St. Michel, and the second at the 47-second mark of the third period, assisted by Heppner.
Pirate sophomore goalie Adam Huglen started and recorded 11 saves in the first period and eight in the third. Epema posted 11 saves in the second period.
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