Posted 11/17/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The third annual Hockey Day in Crosby takes place throughout the day Saturday at the Crosby Community Center and Andrist Arena.
Per tradition, each Crosby Comets hockey team will play its first home game of the season as part of the event.
This year, Crosby has ten teams among the eight age levels. Blue Line Club hockey coordinator Bob Gillen said the Squirts level has enough players this season to necessitate splitting it into a “Blue” team and “White” team. The Mites will also field two teams.
Williston’s teams will serve as the Comets’ opponents for most of Saturday. The additional Squirts team will play a squad from Estevan, while the Junior Gold will face the Minot Wolves. The Termites and Mites will open the morning with intrasquad games.
The event once again features a silent auction in the lobby, which will take bids throughout the day until the live auction inside the arena begins at 7 p.m. The auctions are a Blue Line Club fundraiser.
Live auction items include season-long rink burger vouchers, a Crosby Cup game package, reserved parking spots at the community center and getaway packages for Medora and for Bottineau Winter Park.
Crosby’s hockey program is coming off a year in which the Junior Gold and Squirts both won their league championships, and the Peewees also won their state tournament in the silver bracket.
Jr. Gold, 19U get ready
The Junior Gold graduated seven seniors from last year’s team and looks to rebuild with a similarly large group of sophomores. Cody Overland is taking over the coaching duties.
The Junior Gold will follow Hockey Day with two games against the Williston JV team, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. at Williston, and Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at home.
The 19U girls, meanwhile finished sixth out of 14 teams in its league last year and graduated only two seniors.
After Hockey Day, the 19U team plays again Sunday at Glasgow at noon Central time. Their next home game is Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., also against Glasgow.
14U girls lose twice
Bismarck and Minot combined to leave Crosby’s 14U girls hockey team winless in its first weekend of game action this season.
Both losses were on the road, 9-0 at Bismarck on Saturday and 7-1 at Minot on Sunday.
“We showed our youth and lack of practice time,” said Gillen, the 14U coach. “Bismarck was four weeks into their season, and we were on the ice for just the third time this year as a team.”
Shyann Ballew finally got the Comets on the board in the second period Sunday.
“We did score our first goal of the young season and actually cut the lead to 3-1 with under one minute in the second period,” Gillen said, “but gave up a goal eight seconds later that took a lot of energy out of the girls.”
Zada Ballew made 30 saves in Saturday’s contest and followed it up with 43 more in Sunday’s loss.
“Zada was back to her solid goaltending play,” Gillen said. “We still have a lot of work to do, and the younger girls will need time to get their feet wet with game experience.”
Up next for the Comets is a Hockey Day exhibition Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Williston and a trip to Glasgow on Sunday with a puck drop of 2:30 p.m. Central time.
“We played Williston tough last year and dominated Glasgow all three games we played against them,” Gillen said.
Peewees split openers
The Crosby Peewee hockey team defeated Minot 4-3 in overtime Saturday and lost 4-2 to Carnduff on Sunday in its first two games of the year.
Easton Eriksmoen made 29 saves Saturday to key the win. Tucker Svangstu scored three times and assisted on Devin Power’s goal. Anthony Johnson provided two other assists.
On Sunday, the Comets got both goals from Power in the third period, with one assist from Windy Jacobson, but Carnduff outscored Crosby with one goal in the first period and three in the third. Ole Svangstu was in goal for the Comets.
The Peewees’ Hockey Day exhibition against Williston is Saturday at 1 p.m., and the team’s next game is at home Dec. 5 at noon vs. Bismarck White.