Panthers open Section 8A play with a 6-2 loss
Annie Hajostek's hat trick and three power-play goals powered Crookston to a 6-2 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team in the first round of the Section 8A playoffs Thursday night at Crookston.
Annie Hajostek’s hat trick and three power-play goals powered Crookston to a 6-2 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team in the first round of the Section 8A playoffs Thursday night at Crookston.
Hajostek opened the scoring at the 5:18 mark of the first period before Macy Strem and Leah Trostad followed with power-play goals at the 8:55 and 15:21 marks to give the No. 4-seeded Pirates a 3-0 lead. Crookston held a 12-3 advantage in shots in the opening period.
Hajostek completed her hat trick with a goal at the 4:44 mark and a shorthanded goal at the 9:03 mark of the second period to extend the Pirates’ lead to 5-0.
The Panthers opened the third period with a pair of goals as Paige Myhre scored at the 6:34 mark and Taylor Sagen set up Serena Aletto at the 10:58 mark. But the Pirates sealed the win on Trostad’s power-play goal at the 14:26 mark.
Goalie Julia Smith made 27 saves as the No. 5-seeded Panthers ended the season with a 6-17-1 record.
Crookston, which shut out the Panthers by scores of 2-0 and 4-0 during the regular season, used a 33-20 advantage in shots to improve to 7-16-1.
Park Rapids 0 0 2…2
Crookston 3 2 1…6
FIRST PERIOD: 1, Crookston, Hajostek (Trostad, Strem), 5:18. 2, Crookston, Strem (Hajostek, Trostad), 8:55. 3, Crookston, Trostad (Strem, Wahouske), 15:21. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, Crookston 1.
SECOND PERIOD: 4, Crookston, Hajostek (Strem), 4:44. 5, Crookston, Hajostek (Trostad), 9:03. Penalties: Park Rapids 2, Crookston 2.
THIRD PERIOD: 1, Park Rapids, Myhre, 6:34. 2, Park Rapids, Aletto (Sagen), 10:58. 6, Crookston, Trostad (Hajostek, Delome), 14:26. Penalties: Park Rapids 1, Crookston 0.
GOALIE SAVES: Park Rapids (Smith) 9-9-9-27. Crookston (Cormican) 3-8-7-18.