The Muskie girls’ offence was stellar through three games at the W.C. Miller Invitational hockey tournament in Altona, Man. over the weekend—then it was stymied in the game that mattered most.
Needing a win to advance to Sunday’s final, the black-and-gold instead fell 3-1 to the host W.C. Miller Aces in their final pool game.
Fort High carried much of the play against the Aces, but managed just one goal off the stick of Jillian Langtry.
Kallie Heinrichs netted the go-ahead goal, then added an insurance marker for the Aces.
“The game we lost to go to the finals was a solid team defensively, but did not have much firepower as we outshot them 40-20,” Muskie coach Chris Hill noted in an e-mail to the Times.
“Although we outshot the team, we were inconsistent at times,” he added.
The Muskies had opened the tournament with a 7-2 thrashing of St. James. Lauren Krukoski led the way with a hat trick while Kailey Curtis added two goals and a pair of assists.
Carlee Bosma and Lindsey Roehrig rounded out the scoring.
Their next match-up turned into a thrilling 5-4 shootout win over Sanford.
Kristen Penner scored a goal early in the third and also netted the only goal of the shootout. Taylor Meyers, Langtry, and Krukoski added singles during regulation time.
Fort High again scored in bunches in an 8-1 rout of the Pembina Tigers in their third game. Penner led the way offensively, tallying two goals and two assists, while Meyers also netted a pair of goals.
Jessie Baker, Roehrig, Krukoski, and Langtry each chipped in with singles.
“We have tried some different line formations and I believe that this has led to more offence,” Hill noted. “But we have to work on consistency in both ends of the rink.”
The squad was in Eveleth, Mn. last night for an exhibition game (the outcome was unavailable prior to press time), then will travel to Dryden this weekend for a tournament.
“We will attempt to build on our success over the weekend [in Altona], as well as being consistent on a regular basis,” Hill stressed.