A three-goal outburst in the opening five minutes was all the Muskie girls’ hockey team needed to skate to a 4-1 win over the Dryden Eagles in the opener of their best-of-three NorWOSSA final last night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Jillian Calder notched a pair of goals while captain Annalise (CC) Hayes also scored and added two helpers to pace the Muskie offence.
Taylor Croswell also chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Calder opened the scoring just 1:45 into the game when she jammed a centering feed from Hayes past Eagles’ goalie Hannah Zilkalns.
Jenna Clendenning put the Muskies up by a pair less than a minute later when she blasted a shot top-shelf.
Hayes then staked the Muskies to a three-goal cushion at 3:41 when she made a move to the front of the Dryden net and roofed a backhander over Zilkalns.
That forced Eagles’ head coach Tim Getson to call a time-out to calm his squad down.
The move seemed to work as the visitors did not surrender any other goals the rest of the period.
Calder then banged home her second of the night at 16:05 of the second to make it 4-0 after 40 minutes.
After Muskie defender Alex Gartzke was sent off for tripping about midway through the third period, Payton Boyko got the Eagles on the board by blasting a shot from just inside the blueline upstairs on Kamryn Sandelovich.
But that was a close as the Eagles would get.
Sandelovich earned the win in her first playoff start this season while Zilkalns was tagged with the loss.
Game 2 of the final is set for tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in Dryden.
Game 3 (if necessary) will be played back here on Sunday at 3:45 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.