Muskie girls stun Eagles

Lucas Punkari

Only one team can say they’ve beaten the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA girls’ hockey play so far this season.
And that’s the Fort Frances Muskies.
The black-and-gold earned that honour Friday night in Dryden with a narrow 2-1 victory.
“I think the shots ended up being 37-34 for us when it finished up,” noted Muskie head coach Scott Clendenning.
“We did a great job of controlling a couple of their systems, and we did an excellent job in shutting down some of their top players from getting anything going,” he added.
“Overall, it was a huge confidence-booster for the girls as we head closer to the playoffs.”
Alyssa Penner, who normally plays defence, was moved up to forward for the game against Dryden—and was rewarded for her efforts by scoring the game-winning goal.
“It was a little bit different to be playing up there,” she admitted. “But I was just able to get in front of the net and put the puck in.
“It was a pretty exciting win for us, and I think the biggest thing that helped us win that game was being able to work together more and being able to cash in on our chances,” Penner added.
The black-and-gold then followed up that performance with a 3-1 exhibition victory over the Baudette Bears here Monday night, when they dominated the third period.
“We started off a little bit slow out of the gates, but as the game went along we got stronger,” said Clendenning.
“Our third goal came right after a great penalty kill, where the girls were doing exactly what we wanted them to do,” he noted.
“And [Amy] Penner passed the puck out in front to [Katie] Sinclair and she was rewarded with a nice goal.”
Hailey Clendenning had opened the scoring for the Muskies, with Shilo Beck netting the go-ahead goal midway through the third.
The two wins came after a tough loss last Tuesday night over in International Falls, where the black-and-gold dropped a 3-2 exhibition decision to the Broncos.
“There was a great tempo to that game that made it a fun one to not only coach in, but to watch,” Scott Clendenning recalled.
“That was the type of the game that the girls need to continue to play, especially when we are in these league games,” he stressed.
After hosting the Kenora Broncos last night (the results wasn’t known as of press time), the Muskie girls will hit the road Friday night to face the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in Kenora.
Then they’ll return home for a tilt against Dryden next Tuesday (Feb. 14).
The black-and-gold then will host a special matinee affair on Wednesday (Feb. 15), when they’ll take on the Red Lake Rams at 1:15 p.m. in a makeup game from earlier this season.
“It’s a little bit of a different game that I think the girls are looking forward to playing in,” said Clendenning.
“And hopefully some of the student body will be able to come out to watch it,” he added.