They battled all season but a berth to the all-Ontarios just wasn’t in the cards for the Muskie girls’ hockey team.
Lauryn Loyer scored twice to pace the Dryden Eagles to a convincing 5-1 win in Game 2 of their NorWOSSA final Thursday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Eagles swept the series and now advance to OFSAA, which is slated for March 18-21 in Midland.
It was the Eagles’ first league title in nine years while the Muskies were denied a sixth-straight trip to the all-Ontarios.
Julia Jones opened the scoring for Dryden with 5:31 to go in the first period when her slapshot from the point beat Muskie goalie Jersey Masson.
Then with the Eagles killing a penalty, they chipped the puck out of their own zone and broke up the ice on a 2-on-1.
Meagan Lundmark then fed a pass to Maddie MacDonald, who skated around a Muskie defender before firing a short-handed marker past Masson to put the visitors up by two after 20 minutes.
Loyer collected the rebound of Camryn Dayman’s shot in the slot before firing it home to extend it to 3-0 eight-and-a-half minutes into the second.
She then tallied again with 7:48 left in the frame as she cut down the left wing before blowing past a Muskie defender and tucking one past Masson to put Dryden ahead by four after 40 minutes.
Saige Macleod then tipped in Hailee Lundmark’s point-shot with 5:51 left in the third to stake the visitors to a commanding five-goal cushion.
Alex Gartzke got one back for the Muskies with 3:28 to as she banged at the rebound of Paiten Kinnear’s shot until it bounced its way over Eagles’ goalie Hannah Zilkalns to trim it to 5-1.
But that’s as close as Fort High would get as Zilkalns shut the door from there.