If the first period was nothing to write home about for the Muskie girls’ hockey team, the second was a literary masterpiece.
The sixth-ranked Muskies erased a 1-0 deficit with a four-goal second period en route to a 5-2 victory yesterday over the second-seeded Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers in the Red Division semi-final at the 2015 Schwan Cup in Blaine, Mn.
That puts the black-and-gold into the division final against the fourth-ranked St. Francis/North Branch Fighting Saints (St. Francis, Mn.) today at 1:30 p.m.
The game is being streamed live at http://www.nscsports.org/page/show/2279080-girls-red-championship-live-gamecast
The Muskies were outshot 32-24 in the game and fell behind 1-0 on Kelly Alworth’s goal just 1:43 into the game.
But Fort High kicked its game into gear in the second period—courtesy of Siobhan Mackintosh and Annalise Hayes.
Mackintosh tied the game at 4:23, followed 13 seconds later by Hayes with the go-ahead marker.
The pair struck again later in the frame, with Mackintosh lighting the lamp at 8:03, followed by Hayes again with only eight seconds left in the period.
Olivia Boettcher pulled the Hilltoppers to within two four minutes into the third, but Taylor Croswell dashed any comeback hopes with another insurance marker at 8:31.
Sydney Beck made 30 saves to nab the win.
In their opening game Tuesday, the Muskies used three third-period markers to down the third-seeded Luverne Cardinals (Luverne, Mn.) by a 5-1 count.
Hayes had a goal and three assists in that one, with the Muskies also getting goals from Jenna Clendenning, Mackintosh, Croswell (shorthanded), and Abby Plourde (power play).
Beck had 22 stops.
Meanwhile, at a showcase event in Thief River Falls, Mn., the Muskie boys’ hockey team regrouped yesterday to double the Fargo North Spartans by a 4-2 margin and end up with a 2-1 record.
Max Williams, Kendyn Faragher, Sully Shortreed, and Matt Cheetham (power play) bulged the twine for Fort High .
Matt Booth started in goal before Dylan Ossachuk took over to begin the third period.
Fort High never held the lead in a 3-1 loss to the Alexandria Cardinals on Tuesday.
Chase McGuire netted the Muskies’ lone goal.
Ossachuk chalked up 22 stops in taking the loss.
The boys’ squad next head east for a two-game exhibition series against the Thunder Bay Minor Midget Kings this Saturday and Sunday.
The Muskie girls, meantime, will rest up before hosting the Dryden Eagles on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena for a crucial NorWOSSA confrontation.
The two teams are tied atop the league standings with 6-1 records, and have split the first two games of their season series.
Fort High won 5-4 in the season-opener here while the Eagles responded with a 2-1 win there Dec. 8.