Muskie girls blow leads

The Muskie girls’ hockey team blew 3-0 and 4-2 leads before salvaging a 4-4 tie against the host Dryden Eagles in their NorWOSSA regular-season finale last night.
The black-and-gold is spending a little too much time in the penalty box, which head coach Lynn Kellar said needs to be fixed before the playoffs start this Friday (Feb. 24).
“The [veteran] players are the ones taking the majority of the penalties,” Kellar said. “That is something that needs to be corrected before playoffs if we want to see success.”
The Muskies had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to a pair of goals from Carly Holt and another by Katie McTavish.
After Dryden made it 3-1 later in the first, the Eagles drew within one with the lone goal of the second period.
Lauren Krukoski then put the Muskies up 4-2 in the third. But that’s when Fort High started racking up penalties, which allowed Dryden to score a pair of goals to tie the game.
A five-minute, 4-on-4 overtime solved nothing.
The Muskie girls, who finished in third place, will travel to Dryden to face the second-place Eagles on Friday to open their best-of-three semi-final showdown.
The puck drops at 4:30 p.m.
Game 2 goes here Sunday (Feb. 26) at 2:15 p.m. in the Ice for Kids Arena, with Game 3, if necessary, back in Dryden, likely next Tuesday (Feb. 28).
The winner moves on to meet the first-place Kenora Broncos in the best-of-three NorWOSSA final.
Meanwhile, the Muskie boys will close out their regular season here tonight against the Kenora Broncos. Game time is 7:30 p.m. in the Ice for Kids Arena.
Regardless of tonight’s outcome, the first-place Muskies will host the fourth-place Dryden Eagles here Friday to open their best-of-three semi-final series.
Game 2 goes Sunday in Dryden, with Game 3 (if necessary) back here, likely next Tuesday night.
The other semi-final series will pit the second-place Broncos against the third-place Red Lake Rams.