Muskie girls win big over Falls

Sometimes it’s best to approach a problem from a different angle.
The Muskie girls’ hockey team has struggled to find balance offensively so far this season, relying instead on one line to carry the bulk of the goal-scoring burden.
In an effort to generate a more balanced attack, the Muskie coaching staff—Lynn Kellar and Chris Hill—decided to experiment a little during last night’s exhibition game against the International Falls Broncos here.
They moved Taylor Meyers onto a line with Kailey Curtis and Miranda Kellar, and shifted Carly Holt alongside Lauren Krukoski and Cortney Caldwell in an effort to spark the offence.
The subtle change may have caused both lines to catch fire.
Meyers, Kellar, and Krukoski each lit the lamp twice as the Muskies skated to an impressive 6-2 victory over the visitors at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
“We have some natural chemistry, I guess,” Meyers said of her new linemates after the game.
“We played together a bit last year, but not much.”
The Muskies were first to get on the scoreboard when Holt and Krukoski broke into the Bronco zone on a two-on-one break.
Holt drew Bronco goalie Jessie L’Heureux to her side and then feathered a perfect backhand pass over to Krukoski, who made no mistake converting the scoring chance for a 1-0 first-period lead.
Meyers doubled the Muskie advantage early in the second frame when she deposited a Kellar rebound into the back of the Broncos’ goal.
The Muskie offence continued to click last night even when they were faced with a short-handed situation.
Krukoski—forechecking hard in the Bronco zone—forced a turnover, broke in on a breakaway, and beat L’Heureux low and to the glove side to give the Muskies a 3-0 lead.
After the Broncos finally got on the scoreboard, Meyers restored the three-goal lead before the period was out—taking the feed from Kellar and wiring a wrist shot low and to L’Heureux’s glove side.
Any hopes of a Falls’ comeback were quickly eliminated early in the third period when Kellar scored following a scramble in front of the Bronco net.
Meyers was credited with an assist on the play.
Kellar then got her second of the game—assisted by Erin Kaemingh and Nicki Mosbeck—following a Falls’ marker to make the final score 6-2.
The Muskies were coming off a 1-1 tie against the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action here Friday night—scoring the equalizer late in the third period when Krukoski found Holt with a behind-the-back pass.
Muskie goalie Katie Stearns played a pivotal role in helping the black-and-gold earn a point, stopping more than 40 Dryden shots fired her way.
The Muskies (1-2-1) currently are in second place in the NorWOSSA standings. The Eagles lead the way with four points (3-1-1).
Next up for the black-and-gold is an exhibition game this Friday (Dec. 15) in Babbitt.