Posted 3/15/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Crosby’s Bantam hockey team’s season came to a heartbreaking end on Sunday afternoon as Bismarck earned a 5-4 win over the Comets in the silver tournament final at Valley City.
The Comets had advanced to the final game with a 7-5 victory over West Fargo in a semifinal on Saturday afternoon.
In Friday’s pool-play round, Crosby earned a berth in the semifinals with a 6-2 win over Fargo Green in the afternoon and a 7-5 victory over Dickinson in the evening.
Individual stats were not reported.
14U is 3rd in tourney
Addy Eriksmoen scored four goals and goaltender Zada Ballew made 12 saves to lead the Crosby girls’ 14U team to a 7-1 win over Richland in its season finale, the third-place game of the silver tournament on Sunday at Jamestown.
“I was proud of the girls, staff and fans for the great finish to the season and am already looking forward to next year as we lose just one player off this year’s team,” coach Bob Gillen said.
Crosby got off to a flying start in the tournament, winning Friday’s pool-play games 6-0 over Glasgow and 6-1 over Williston.
On Saturday, the Comets fell to second in the pool after a 3-2 double-overtime loss Saturday to Watford City and lost their semifinal matchup in overtime to Jamestown, 5-4.
Eriksmoen led the team with 10 points in the tournament (nine goals, one assist), followed by Autumn Ballew (seven goals, one assist), Shyann Ballew (two goals, four assists), Gracie Nygard (three goals, one assist), Michelle Landsverk (two each) and Morgan Rose (one goal, two assists). Hailey Landsverk added one of each, and Kyrian Johnson and Riley Power-Akers both had an assist.
Squirts advance to finals
Kyle Knudson scored twice to help Crosby’s Squirt team defeat Weyburn Red 5-1 at Weyburn in game two of Saskatchewan’s South East Minor Hockey League semifinals last Thursday and advance to the finals against the Weyburn Blues.
Game one of the best-of-three series will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Andrist Arena. Game two in Weyburn is March 23 at 7 p.m. CDT, with game three, if necessary, the next night at 5 p.m. in Crosby.
The Comets will play for the league championship for the second consecutive season; they won it over the Weyburn Blackhawks in 2015.
Rhylan Olson, Ole Svangstu and Christopher Johnson also scored for the Comets in game two, with one assist each from Knudson, Olson, Jackson DeJardine and Brandt Lacombe.
Crosby won the first game 2-1 on March 8 with a goal each from Svangstu and Drysten Bailey and an assist from Thayne Coston.