Muskie girls rattle Red Lake

It was a two-game showdown that went from no competition to close competition when the Muskie girls’ hockey team faced off against the Red Lake Rams here over the weekend.
The girls romped to an 8-0 victory on Friday night, but the Rams put up a better fight Saturday afternoon. The black-and-gold ended up winning 3-1 but it was a close game all the way through.
“They weren’t as up on their game [Saturday],” noted Muskie head coach Lynn Kellar.
The Rams were showcasing some great goaltending, but the Muskies didn’t seem to think their struggle on Saturday was because of that.
“They would bunch all together in front of the net,” said captain Danielle O’Sullivan. “We couldn’t get through them.”
Kellar said his team has been working on passing and puck movement, and O’Sullivan seems to think it’s paying off.
“We played pretty good,” she said. “We were setting up better and making more passes instead of just taking it up.”
Lauren Krukoski got the Muskies going early on Saturday, scoring just 1:08 into the game.
Sarah O’Sullivan then made it 2-0 when she scored less than a minute into the second. But the Rams cut the gap in half with 6:22 left before the second intermission.
Katie McTavish rounded out the scoring with an insurance goal.
McTavish put Fort High on the board first in Friday night’s game. Sarah O’Sullivan and McTavish then made it 3-0 going into the first intermission.
O’Sullivan netted her second of the game with 4:41 left in the second to make the score 4-0.
Cortney Caldwell, Cassandra Cochrane, Taylor Meyers, and Deanna Saunders rounded out the scoring with third-period tallies.
Sarah Hoskins earned the shutout between the pipes.
The black-and-gold will face some tougher competition here tomorrow night against the Dryden Eagles in their last NorWOSSA game before the holiday break.
The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in the Ice for Kids Arena.
“If everyone plays hard, there’s no reason we can’t win,” Danielle O’Sullivan said. “If we all do our best, we can totally win against Dryden.”