Crookston erupts for five goals in third period to defeat Panthers

The Pirates finished with a 55-18 advantage in shots on goal, including a 29-2 advantage in the third period, in a 7-2 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team.

After Jaxson Lund’s power-play goal in the second period tied the game, Crookston dominated the third period for a 7-2 Section 8A win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team at the Crookston Sports Center on Friday, Jan. 31.

Reed Sharp opened the scoring with a goal just 1:33 into the game before Crookston used goals by Joey Duda at the 4:45 mark and Noah Kiel at the 5:52 mark to claim a 2-1 lead.

Lund poked in his own rebound at the 5:58 mark of the second period as the Panthers capitalized on a Crookston penalty to tie the game.

The Pirates controlled the third period by holding a 29-2 advantage in shots on goal. Leyton Salentine scored the game-winner with a power-play goal 5:46 into the final period before Alex Longoria scored at the 6:34 and 12:35 marks. Goals by Jack Doda with 3:23 to play and Quinn Westlake with 2:04 to play capped off the win.

Crookston, which defeated the Panthers by the same 7-2 score on Jan. 9, held a 55-18 advantage in shots to improve to 2-9 in section games and 2-19 overall.


Goalie Ben Strandlie made 48 saves as the Panthers fell to 1-9 against section opponents and 4-17 overall.

Park Rapids 1 1 0...2
Crookston 2 0 5...7
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Sharp, 1:33. 1, Crookston, Jo. Duda (Ja. Duda), 4:45. 2, Crookston, Kiel (Westlake), 5:52. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Crookston 1.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, Park Rapids, Lund, 5:58. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Crookston 2.
THIRD PERIOD: 3, Crookston, Salentine (Ja. Duda, Jo. Duda), 5:46. 4, Crookston, Longoria (Westlake), 6:34. 5, Crookston, Longoria (Anderson, Westlake), 12:35. 6, Crookston, Ja. Doda (Hamre), 13:37. 7, Crookston, Westlake (Kiel), 14:56. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, Crookston 0.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Standlie) 12-12-24--48. Crookston (Bailey) 8-6-2--16.

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1987 Moorhead State University graduate
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