Muskie boys blank Dryden Girls win in overtime

The Muskie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams notched wins on their respective belts in NorWOSSA action against the Dryden Eagles here last night.
The boys blanked the visitors 3-0 while the girls needed overtime to eke out a 3-2 victory.
Despite the win, though, boys’ head coach Shane Bliss was not so impressed with his team’s performance.
“I am extremely disappointed with our effort,” he remarked after the game. “We weren’t ourselves tonight. We couldn’t skate out there and because of that, we got our sticks lifted.”
Bliss said the team hasn’t been practising all that well lately, either. “You expect to play how you practice and they haven’t been practising well, and it showed tonight,” he noted.
Bliss said he hopes the Muskies take the Christmas break to recharge their batteries for a tournament in Duluth on Dec. 27-29.
Mitch Green staked the black-and-gold to a 1-0 lead with a goal at 15:09 of the first period. Brett Meyers then hit the twine six-and-a-half minutes into the second to make it 2-0.
Josh Sigurdson rounded out the scoring with 90 seconds to go in the third period.
Richard Wieringa earned the shutout.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls prevailed over the Eagles in an exciting game last night.
“At the beginning, we were kind of running around in our own end and it was back and forth,” noted Muskie head coach Lynn Kellar.
“Their work ethic was great tonight and they battled hard along the boards,” he added. “Their puck movement was great, as well.”
After a scoreless first period, the Muskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on goals by Sarah O’Sullivan at 13:47 and then Katie McTavish with just over two minutes left before intermission.
But the Eagles quickly battled back, drawing within one late in the second period before knotting the score in the third to force a 10-minute sudden death overtime.
Then, just 4:43 into the extra, O’Sullivan tallied her second of the night to send the black-and-gold to victory—and their fans home happy.
< *c>Sweep Rams
Both teams were coming off two-game sweeps over the Red Lake Rams here on the weekend.
The boys showed little mercy against the visitors—winning Friday night’s game 6-2 and them romping to a 13-0 victory Saturday afternoon.
“Hopefully we didn’t use up all of our goals,” Bliss joked after Saturday’s game.
“They have a good team and they played well, but a couple of injuries and a shorter bench certainly didn’t help them much,” he added, referring to the Rams.
“The forwards were moving quick, but our defensive zone needs to improve a little bit,” noted Muskie captain Jake Esselink.
In girls’ action, the black-and-gold cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Rams on Friday night, then pulled out a narrow 3-1 win on Saturday afternoon.
“They weren’t as up on their game [Saturday],” noted Kellar.
The Rams were showcasing some great goaltending, but the Muskies didn’t seem to think their struggle on Saturday was because of that.
“They would bunch all together in front of the net,” said captain Danielle O’Sullivan. “We couldn’t get through them.”
Kellar said his team has been working on passing and puck movement, and O’Sullivan seems to think it’s paying off.
“We played pretty good,” she said. “We were setting up better and making more passes instead of just taking it up.”
Lauren Krukoski got the Muskies going early on Saturday, scoring just 1:08 into the game.
Sarah O’Sullivan then made it 2-0 when she scored less than a minute into the second. But the Rams cut the gap in half with 6:22 left before the second intermission.
Katie McTavish rounded out the scoring with an insurance goal.
McTavish put Fort High on the board first in Friday night’s game. Sarah O’Sullivan and McTavish then made it 3-0 going into the first intermission.
O’Sullivan netted her second of the game with 4:41 left in the second to make the score 4-0.
Cortney Caldwell, Cassandra Cochrane, Taylor Meyers, and Deanna Saunders rounded out the scoring with third-period tallies.
Sarah Hoskins earned the shutout between the pipes.

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