The Crookston Pirates’ men’s hockey team traveled to Bemidji on Tuesday night for a clash against a team from the Bemidji Lumberjacks Section 8AA. The Pirates got off to a quick start, but Bemidji managed to score six straight goals en route to a 6-1 win over the Pirates on the senior night. “We’ve got a good start, but we just need to consolidate it a bit,” said Pirates head coach Josh Hardy. “We have another difficult task ahead, so we need to learn from it and be ready to go on Friday.”


The Pirates came out and started the scoring on a power play goal from Kadin Edwards. The goal came at 2:42 of the period and was only five seconds into the power play. “It was a great way to start the game,” said Pirates head coach Josh Hardy. “Kadin read it well and did a good job crushing the net to give us a quick lead.” The rest of the period, however, was controlled by the loggers. It wasn’t until 10:47 that Bemidji finally got on the board with a goal from Cade Voge, bringing the score to 1-1. A few minutes later, the Lumberjacks struck again on a goal from Ashton Niemi making the score 2-1 Lumberjacks. Crookston would be called up for a penalty late in the period, giving Bemidji the advantage of a man. Jack Doda would steal an assist for the Pirates and have a chance to tie the game on a breakaway, but would be pushed back with a magnificent save by Lumberjacks goaltender Jackson Hill. This would end the period with the score of 2-1 in favor of Bemidji. The Lumberjacks outscored Crookston 19-4 in the first quarter and posted a 13-game winning streak.


The Lumberjacks had a power play that continued into the second period, and they used a magnificent shot from Wyatt Mattfield to make it 3-1 just 32 seconds into the period. Minutes later, during a Pirates Power Play, Nick Yavarow added another goal for Bemidji, a shorthanded goal, making it 4-1 for the Lumberjacks. The second period was defined by Power Play. Crookston had three power-play chances and couldn’t find the back of the net. “I felt like the puck didn’t really bounce back on us tonight,” Pirates head coach Josh Hardy said. “We definitely need to do things better, but this was just one of those nights when things weren’t going the way we wanted.” There were no more goals in the period, and the teams skated to the locker room after two periods with Bemidji ahead 4-1. The Lumberjacks outscored the Pirates 33-6 in the first two frames.


Both goalies made fantastic saves early in the period, keeping the score 4-1 in favor of Bemidji. Crookston would have a few good chances during the period, but the Lumberjacks would push back the Pirates once again. Bemidji would add two more goals to secure a 6-1 win and overtake the Pirates 53-9 in the game. “Jaren is doing what he can,” said Pirates head coach Josh Hardy. “If he continues to play like this, he will have a chance to be in any game. We have to find ways to help him and get more shots on goal. Jaren Bailey got the start for the Pirates and made 47 saves while giving up 6 goals in the loss. The Lumberjacks played two goalies on the night, and Jackson Hill got the start and was credited with the win by saving 3 shots and giving up 1 goal. Braydon Puppe played the second and third periods in front of the Lumberjacks net and made 5 saves allowing 0 goals.

Crookston drops to 1-10-1 this season and will be back in action on Friday night when it hosts Warroad. The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. and the game can be streamed live on Bemidji improves to 6-7-1 on the season with the win.

1st 2nd 3rd Total
Bemidji 2 2 2 6

1st period
2:47 – CROX – Kadin Edwards (2) (Nathan Kelly, Ty Larson) (PP)
10:47 – BEM – Cade Voge (Cooper Malkowski, Ashton Niemi)
1:10 p.m. – BEM – Ashton Niemi (Cooper Malkowski, Cael Knutson)

2nd period
0:32 – BEM – Wyatt Mattfield (Casey Rupp) (PP)
6:14 – BEM – Nick Yavarow (Tyson Bjornerud) (SH)

3rd period
2: 39- BEM – Peyton Neadeau (Casey Rupp, Max Frankhanel)
10:30 am – BEM – Nick Yavarow (Josef Lalli)

Checked in 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Jaren Bailey – Crookston 17 12 18 47
Jackson Hill – Bemidji 3 3
Braydon Puppe – Bemidji 2 3 5

Catherine J. Martinez