Muskie girls still in first

With just three games remaining on their NorWOSSA schedule, the Muskie girls’ hockey team is poised to make a bit of history.
For the first time in eight years, the black-and-gold are leading the NorWOSSA ‘AA’ standings. Through nine games, they possess a 6-2-0-1 record good for 13 points.
But sitting just four points back are both the Dryden Eagles (4-4-0-1) and Kenora Broncos (4-5-0-1).
The Muskies have won three of four games against the Eagles this season, and have taken three of five from the Broncos.
With 10 days left in the regular season, the Muskies face the Eagles in Dryden tomorrow (Feb. 7) and then here next Tuesday (Feb. 12) before closing out against the Broncos on Friday, Feb. 15.
A couple of victories will ensure a first-place finish and a date with the NorWOSSA ‘A’ winner in a semi-final series beginning Feb. 22 (Kenora and Dryden would square off in the other semi-final).
It certainly was a playoff atmosphere as the Muskies took on the Broncos last Friday night in Keewatin. In a fast-paced, rugged affair, goals were at a premium and body contact was everywhere to be found.
The Broncos jumped out first courtesy of an offensive zone face-off win by Lindsey Agnew. The veteran Bronco forward drew the puck back to Reagen Smith, who fired home a wrist shot for a 1-0 lead at 15:45 of the first period.
The Broncos went up 2-0 early in the second period as the fleet-footed Agnew snuck in behind the Muskie defence, took a pass from Samantha Smith, and sniped a breakaway marker.
The Muskies got back on track just four minutes later as third-year centre Taylor Meyers forced a turnover in the Kenora zone. Defender Erika Anderson then stepped up and fired home a 30-foot shot to close the gap to 2-1.
Then with just over four minutes to go in the second, the Meyers-Curtis-Kellar line was dominating in the Kenora zone—forcing a weak clearing attempt to the blueline.
Muskie rearguard Erin Kaemingh held the blueline and passed the puck deep to Kellar, who chipped it out front to Meyers, who tipped the puck home for a 2-2 tie.
It was the 67th point of the season for the Meyers-Curtis-Kellar unit, who have been a dominant combination in NorWOSSA play all season long.
The third period featured playoff intensity as both teams combined for 20 minutes in penalties.
Nina Bird finally put the Muskies up by one with 14:35 to go as she took a feed from Kristen Penner and made a slick wraparound move that fooled Kenora goalie Amanda Kowalik.
Then after the Muskies failed to capitalize on several power-play chances, Agnew netted her second goal—and third point of the game—as she fired a high, hard wrist shot from in close to tie the game at 3-3 with just three minutes on the clock.
That sent the game to overtime, and despite chances at both ends, including a huge breakaway save by Muskie goalie Katelyn Sterns, neither team could dent the twine.
A shootout was next on the agenda.
A pair of nifty dekes by Lauren Pierce and Lauren Krukoski put the Muskies out front, but valiant efforts from Taylor Meyers, Nina Bird, and Kristen Penner all came up empty.
The Broncos, meanwhile, got goals from Nicole Riediger, Kelsey Craven, and Justine Frenette to win the shootout and the game.