Muskie girls tame Rams

Winning solves virtually any problem associated with a sports team.
The Muskie girls’ hockey team—coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss to the host Kenora Broncos last Tuesday, were in need of a win to get back on winning track.
Luckily, the Red Lake Rams were more than willing to oblige them.
The black-and-gold completely dominated the NorWOSSA ‘A’ school en route to an easy 5-1 exhibition win in front of a packed house at the Emo-La Vallee Arena on Friday night.
Emo native Taylor Meyers led the charge at the offensive end—picking up her 17th and 18th markers of the campaign.
After the game, Meyers conceded it was nice to be back on the rink she spent a great deal of time playing on as a child.
“It’s nice,” she enthused. “I haven’t been playing in here too much and I love playing here.
“It’s good ice.”
Meyers has seen a dramatic spike in her point production since being teamed up with Miranda Kellar and Kailey Curtis on the second line by the Muskie coaching staff.
The trio has provided some much-needed secondary scoring in addition to the first line of Lauren Krukoski, captain Carly Holt, and Cortney Caldwell.
Meyers believes the secret to their recent success is quite simple—effective passing and unselfish play.
“Our line passes really well,” she remarked. “We’re not puck hogs. We like to pass it around and set it up.”
The natural chemistry on the Meyers, Kellar, and Curtis line also has not gone unnoticed by the coaching staff.
“That line has been flying for about a month,” co-head coach Chris Hill enthused.
“We used to have her [Meyers] with the first line [but] we put her to the second line and it’s worked just perfectly.
“It’s really helped having two lines that are scoring,” Hill added.
The Muskies are hoping the team’s top two lines can maintain their current offensive production in their final two regular-season games before the NorWOSSA playoffs get underway Feb. 23.
The black-and-gold travel to Kenora this Friday (Feb. 16) to face the Broncos at 1 p.m.
Then they’ll host the Dryden Eagles in the regular-season finale next Tuesday (Feb. 20) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena.
< *c>Early pressure
The Muskies certainly wasted little time exhibiting their superior talent against the Rams on Friday night.
Just a minute into the game, Kellar took a feed from Meyers and blasted a shot off the cage of Rams’ goalie Alice Johanneson.
The relentless pressure continued as Annika McTavish sent Meyers in on a breakaway moments later. But Johanneson was equal to the task as she shut the door on the Muskie sniper.
Meyers was not to be denied a second time, though, as she one-timed a feed from Kellar through a screen and past Johanneson to give the Muskies a 1-0 lead.
Meyers was back at it early in the second period as she tapped home a loose puck in the Red Lake crease for her second marker of the night.
Curtis and Kellar drew the assists.
The Rams managed a goal on just their second shot of the game to cut the Muskie lead in half, but Curtis scored to restore the black-and-gold’s two-goal advantage prior to the second intermission.
The Muskies’ leading scorer made her presence felt midway through the third period.
Krukoski took a feed from Holt and strode into the Rams’ zone before unleashing a blast that found its way past a startled Johanneson and into the top corner of the net.
Caldwell rounded out the scoring after she forced a turnover via the forecheck and then banged home her sixth goal of the season.

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