A hot goalie can be one’s best friend if they’re wearing the same jersey and one’s worst nightmare if wearing the opposing one.
But the Muskie girls’ hockey team decided it wasn’t leaving Winnipeg empty-handed—potent puck-stoppers be darned.
Seven goals over the final two periods propelled the Muskies to an 8-3 victory over the Westwood Warriors (Winnipeg) on Saturday in the consolation final of the Sturgeon Heights Huskies tournament in Winnipeg—their final pre-season tune-up.
With the game tied 1-1 after the opening period, the Muskies struck four times in the second and then three more times in the third to pull away.
Jillian Langtry notched a pair to lead the way, with Carlee Bosma, Taylor Dixon, Courtney Bethune, Shae-Lynn Smith, Jesse Baker, and Danielle Jean adding singles.
Dana Cridland earned the victory in goal.
The Muskies finished the tourney with a 2-1-1 record. They lost their opener 5-4 to College Jeanne-Sauve (Winnipeg) on Friday, with Baker, Alyssa Penner, Langtry, and Dixon hitting the twine.
Cridland was saddled with the loss.
Fort High then tied Winnipeg’s Balmoral Hall Blazers 1-1 later Friday.
The Muskies outshot the Blazers 53-20, but were stymied time and again by the Blazers’ goalie, with Bosma being the only shooter to score.
Goalie Melissa Payne, who got the start against Balmoral Hall, then earned probably the easiest shutout she will ever get in a 7-0 whitewashing of the Garden Valley Collegiate Zodiacs from Winkler, Man. on Saturday.
The black-and-gold outshot the Zodiacs by a whopping 58-4 margin in the one-sided affair.
Jessica Taggart, Langtry, and Smith each netted a pair of goals in that one while Anika McTavish added a single.
Fort High will open the NorWOSSA regular season Nov. 13 against the host Kenora Broncos.