The opening 20 minutes made it look like it was going to be an easy night for the home team.
But while the shots on goal kept coming, so did their opponents.
The Muskie girls’ hockey team grabbed a 3-0 first-period lead, then did enough to seal a 4-2 victory over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in NorWOSSA action at the Ice For Kids Arena last night.
“It was not our best game but we still won,” noted blueliner Lauren Vold, who assisted on Annalise Hayes’ marker at 17:12 of the first to cap the three-goal frame for the Muskies (6-2).
“It’s the little things that we have to work on that will make the difference,” Vold added.
Fort High outshot St. Thomas Aquinas 50-12, including 23-4 in the first, and got tallies from Claire Sandelovich and Kaily Greengrass to go along with Hayes’ effort.
But Saints’ goalie Gilly Derouard kept her team within respectable range and was rewarded when Alex Williamson scored on a partial breakaway against Muskie goalie Calie Clendenning at 7:22 of the second to cut the lead to 3-1.
Greengrass netted her second of the night with a fantastic short-handed goal at 12:50 for a 4-1 advantage, but the Saints refused to throw in the towel.
Carissa Heino trimmed the lead to two at 2:51 of the third.
The Saints had other scoring chances in the period, including two on the power play.
Then Clendenning turned aside a late attempt from in close by Williamson with an extra attacker on for St. Thomas Aquinas to preserve the two-goal edge.
It was a short turnaround for the two teams, who went back at it this afternoon at the IFK Arena (the score was unavailable as of press time).
The Muskies then head to Sioux Lookout on Thursday to face the Warriors.
Fort High’s next home game is set for Feb. 12 against the Dryden Eagles, which also will be their regular-season finale.