Muskie boys double Eagles

The Muskie boys’ hockey team continued their dominance over Dryden, beating the host Eagles 4-2 in NorWOSSA action last night.
“The boys played really well,” said Muskie head coach Shane Bliss. “We really dominated the play and it should have really been about 9-0 in the end.”
Bliss added his players are working hard, but need some solid goaltending to back them up out there on the ice.
Josh Sigurdson netted the Muskies’ first goal just 24 seconds into the game.
But Dryden battled back, tying the game at 12:16 and then taking a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal just a minute later.
The black-and-gold didn’t panic, however, and Brian White, assisted by Tyler Miller and Tyson Romyn, drew the team even at 2-2 before the first intermission.
Miller (Jake Esselink/White) notched what proved to be the game-winner at 15:01 of the second period. Miller (White/Alex McQuarrie) then added his second of the game into an empty net with 29 seconds left in regulation time to seal the win.
The Muskie boys had split a pair of road games last week, losing 4-3 to Red Lake on Friday night before rebounding with a 5-0 shellacking of the Kenora Broncos on Saturday.
After Red Lake had jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead, Esselink (Miller) scored a short-handed goal before Brett Meyers (Scott McFayden/McQuarrie) scored on the power play to knot the score.
Matt Redford then scored again on the power play to put the Muskies on top, with White and Miller drawing the assists.
But Red Lake stormed back, tying the game at 12:25 of the third before winning it with just seven seconds left in regulation time.
“Red Lake has ability to stone you with their goaltending and it got us on Friday,” said Bliss. “That was a big win for Red Lake as it put them back in third [place].”
Red Lake netted four goals on just 15 shots while the Muskies managed only three goals on 42 shots.
It was a much different story Saturday in Kenora as the black-and-gold exploded for four first-period goals.
White (Romyn) scored four minutes into the first, followed by Brock Benjamin tallying an unassisted short-handed goal just over a minute later.
White (Romyn, Mitch Green) made it 3-0 at 10:38 before McQuarrie (Romyn) got one with just over two minutes before the intermission.
Muskie newcomer Sean Councillor scored on the power play from Romyn in the second period to cap the scoring.
Richard Weiringa earned the shutout in goal.
“We had a better effort in Kenora,” said Bliss. “From the goaltending out to the forwards, we played a solid game.”
The Muskies next face the International Falls Broncos across the river this Friday (Feb. 17) at 7:30 p.m.
You then can meet the players during the annual Muskie tea and bake sale on Saturday (Feb. 18) from 2-4 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
In related news, the Muskie girls’ hockey team travels to Kenora tomorrow night (Feb. 16) for their second-last game of the regular season.