Muskie girls lose to Falls

The Muskie girls’ hockey team hosted cross-border rival International Falls in exhibition action here last night but gave up their bragging rights in a 1-0 loss to the Broncos.
An exciting and physical game between the two team proved both wanted the win. But a rusty Muskie squad just couldn’t seem to put the puck in the net all night.
“If we had played them just before Christmas, it could have been a different story,” said Muskie head coach Lynn Kellar. “They were definitely a little sluggish out there to start but they seemed to pick it up towards the end.”
The beginning of the first period was a definite tug-of-war, but the Broncos seemed to dominate after their first power play and took over the rest of the period.
Still, the game remained scoreless after one.
The black-and-gold lost even more of their confidence in the second period and had a bit of trouble completing their passes. That’s also when the Broncos scored their lone goal.
But that all changed in the third period when the Muskies were back to their old selves again and turned on the jets, which made for an exciting finish.
Nina Bird took a penalty with only 2:30 to go, but that was when the Muskies seemed to play their best hockey.
“I’m a little angry, we should have won,” said Cortney Caldwell. “I think it’s that we’ve been off the last few weeks. When we’re on the ice a lot, it keeps us up.”
The Muskies next face Babbitt in exhibition action there tomorrow (Jan. 5). The puck drops at 6 p.m.

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