Posted 3/01/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Crosby’s hockey teams have concluded their regular-season schedules and are now preparing for their league tournaments.
Taking place this upcoming weekend are the state tournaments for the Junior Gold, 19U girls and Peewees, while the 14U girls and Bantams will follow next weekend.
In addition, the Squirts have begun playoff action in their Canadian league.
Junior Gold heads to Langdon
Crosby’s Junior Gold hockey team heads to Langdon for its state tournament this week. The No. 5 seed Comets (11-12, 4-8 NDAHA) will meet No. 4 seed Langdon (5-7 NDAHA) at 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.
The winner of the game between the Comets and Blades will face No. 1 seed Mayville-Portland (11-1 NDAHA) at 12:45 p.m. Friday in the semifinals, while the loser falls into consolation play. The championship game is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Comets were 0-2 vs. Langdon in the regular season: a 6-4 loss on Jan. 30 at Andrist Arena and a 4-3 loss on Feb. 19 in Langdon.
In an exhibition game Saturday at Watford City, Joran Oien scored with eight seconds left to break a tie and help the Comets defeat the Oilers 3-2.
Taylor Landsverk made 28 saves, and Aidan Eriksmoen and Isaac Ellingson scored for Crosby.
“Everyone stepped up and came ready to play,” assistant coach Ladd Simonson said. “Taylor Landsverk played great in net. It’s good to see them playing this well before state.”
19U opens vs. Bottineau
The Crosby girls’ 19U team (13-9-1, 11-9-1 NDAHA) will open play in the top tier of its league tournament in Jamestown with a quarterfinal against No. 3 Bottineau (16-5 NDAHA) on Friday at Wilson Arena. The action will get under way at 5:30 p.m.
The winner will have a Saturday semifinal puck drop at 3 p.m., while the loser plays a 1:15 p.m. consolation game. The tournament concludes Sunday.
The Comets have lost both of their games against Bottineau, and both in overtime. Crosby first had a 2-1 setback against Bottineau on Jan. 17. The Stars completed the season sweep by a 3-2 score, also in overtime, on Feb. 16 in Bottineau.
Crosby ended its regular season with a Feb. 23 win against Williston at Andrist Arena, 5-0. The win snapped a two-game losing skid.
Peewees in top bracket
A year after winning the silver division tournament, Crosby’s Peewee team has clinched a berth in the gold division tournament in Rugby by virtue of a 13-3-2 record and third-place finish in the west district.
The Comets’ first game is Friday at 2:45 p.m. against Fargo’s Purple team (11-3). A win would advance them to a Saturday semifinal at 1:45 p.m., while a loss would put them in a 10 a.m. consolation semifinal.
Tournament play concludes Sunday, ending with the championship game at 2 p.m.
The Peewees ended the regular season with two weekend wins, 5-3 at Mandan and 7-0 at Watford City.
Anthony Johnson and Grant Kocher respectively scored three and two goals against Mandan, with one assist each from Kocher, Dylan Nelson and Darian Osvold. Easton Eriksmoen saved 16 shots in net.
Kocher and Tucker Svangstu scored two goals each in Watford City, while Johnson, Paden Hoff and Windy Jacobson each had one. Assists came from Johnson (three), Hoff (two) and Nelson (one). Eriksmoen had 25 saves.
Squirts begin title defense
Crosby’s Squirt team drew first blood in its quarterfinal playoff series by beating the Estevan Avengers 6-3 Thursday night at Andrist Arena. Results from game two, scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Estevan, were not reported by press time.
The Comets clinched the best record in the league (16-1-1) and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Junior Gold tournament
G1: (4) Langdon vs. (5) Crosby, 2:45
G2: (3) Richland vs. (6) Watford City, 5:30
G3: (2) Grand Forks vs. (7) Minot, 8:15
G5: (1) May-Port vs. G1 winner, 12:45
G6: G2 winner vs. 3 winner, 3:30
G8: G5 loser vs. G6 loser, 1:45 p.m.
G9: G5 winner vs. G6 winner, 4:30 p.m.
(Losers of Thursday’s games re-seeded)
G4: 2nd-/3rd-highest losers, 10 a.m.
G7: G4 winner vs. highest loser, 11 a.m.
Girls 19U tournament
G1: (1) Bismarck vs. (8) Watford City, 1:30
G2: (4) May-Port vs. (5) Glasgow, 3:30
G3: (3) Bottineau vs. (6) Crosby, 5:30
G4: (2) Richland vs. (7) Hazen, 7:30
G5: G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 11:15 a.m.
G6: G3 loser vs. G4 loser, 1:15 p.m.
G7: G1 winner vs. G2 winner, 1 p.m.
G8: G3 winner vs. G4 winner, 3 p.m.
G9: G5 loser vs. G6 loser, 9 a.m.
G10: G5 winner vs. G6 winner, 11 a.m.
G11: G7 loser vs. G8 loser, 1:15 p.m.
G12: G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 1 p.m.