Eagles soar past Muskies


It’s a game the Muskies girls’ hockey team will like to put behind them quickly.
The Dryden Eagles exploded for four goals in the second period and never looked back in a 7-1 rout of Fort High on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
After a scoreless first period, Maddie MacDonald opened the scoring for Dryden (7-1) on a man advantage 1:47 into the second when she poked in the rebound of a point blast past Muskie goalie Isabella Fortes.
Lindy Leclerc doubled the visitors’ lead with 11:36 left to go frame when she fired a wrist shot from the point by Fortes.
Talia Marlon made it 3-0 with just over two minutes to go when she tipped in a point blast.
Then with time winding down in the frame, Saige McLeod sprung free on a short-handed breakaway and deked out Fortes before sliding the puck home to stake the Eagles to a four-goal cushion after 40 minutes.
Cali Lappage beat Fortes with a shot from the left side with her team killing another penalty just 1:17 into the third before Julia Jones made it 6-0 later in the frame.
Jill Calder finally got the Muskies (2-4-0-1) on the board with 6:36 to go in regulation when she went one-on-one with an Eagles’ defender before deking out wide to the left and snapping a shot past Dryden goalie Hannah Zilkalns to trim it to 6-1.
But that’s as close as the Muskies would get as Michaela Morrisson scored on a breakaway with 1:23 left to cap the scoring.
Zilkalns earned the win while Fortes was saddled with the loss.
It was a much different story for the Muskie boys’ team as they got goals from seven different skaters in a 7-3 win over the host Red Lake Rams earlier Tuesday.
Ashton Cousineau opened the scoring for the Muskies (6-2) with 5:58 to go in the first period before Nick Gurski doubled the lead just before intermission.
Nolan Mann pushed it to 3-0 when he buried a feed from Jace Jackson 1:10 into the second.
Kai Parrish got the Rams on the board at 5:15 but Connor Nelson then ripped a shot off the crossbar and in later in the frame to restore the Muskies’ three-goal cushion.
Ryan Redford then connected on a feed from Jace Dittaro with 5:36 to go before Brady Bodnarchuk struck with a short-handed marker to make it 6-1 just over a minute later.
The Rams struck back with back-to-back goals early in the third to trim it to 6-3 but Jake Barker capped the scoring with a goal just before the buzzer sounded.
Jaden Cooper earned the win between the pipes.
The Muskie girls resume NorWOSSA action tonight when they host the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) at 7 p.m. at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).
Then they’ll cap the week by playing back-to-back road games against the Sioux Lookout Warriors on Saturday and Sunday.
The boys, meanwhile, resume action this weekend when they head to Winnipeg for the annual Piper Classic tournament.
Then they’ll resume NorWOSSA play next Thursday (Jan. 17) when they head to Dryden to face the Eagles.