Muskie pucksters split with Dryden

Staff

The Muskie boys’ hockey team didn’t waste any time picking up its first win of the NorWOSSA season but their female counterparts weren’t able to earn their second.
The boys blanked the host Dryden Eagles 5-0 on Tuesday night, with Robbie Rea, Nolan Ross, Jeff Gustafson, Nick Kaun, and Brett McMahon all scoring.
Rea and Brendan Cawston both finished with a pair of points on the night.
Rookie Scott Parsons earned the shutout in goal.
The black-and-gold will play in two tournaments before resuming NorWOSSA action, heading to Detroit Lakes, Mn. this weekend and then to Brandon, Man. the week after.
The Muskies will play their first home game of the season when Dryden visits Nov. 7.
The girls’ team, meanwhile, hosted the Eagles on Tuesday night but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 3-2 loss.
Fort High, which fell to 1-3 in NorWOSSA play, had a couple of chances to open the scoring in the first period.
Jillian Langtry was sprung on a breakaway about six minutes in but Eagles’ goalie Bree Brown stayed with the shifty Langtry the whole way to make the save.
Brown later knocked away Jessica Taggart’s slapshot to the top corner.
Dryden opened the scoring just over two minutes into the second when Brittany Ramsay fired a shot that Muskie goalie Melissa Payne couldn’t handle.
Fort High tried to respond quickly, but Brown stonewalled Katie Sinclair’s point-blank chance off a rebound.
After a failed five-on-three advantage, the Muskies drew even when Taylor Dixon took a centering pass from Shae-lynn Smith and wired home a wrister at 12:22.
The tie was short-lived, however, as the Eagles regained the lead just 19 seconds later when Morgan Church was allowed to get in front and backhand a shot into the net.
Fort High pressed late in the frame to knot the game, generating several chances in the slot, but either were shut down by Brown, tied up by a defender, or the shots ended up chipped over the net.
Church struck again at 5:15 of the third, chipping in Kristen Bartlett’s centering pass.
Payne had made a quick pad save to rob Bartlett earlier in the sequence.
The Muskies were able to get back within one 2:17 later when Shelby Rea shot a low wrister to Brown’s glove side that found twine.
But that was as close as Fort High could get.
The Muskie girls are back in action next Friday (Dec. 3) when the Kenora Broncos visit the Ice For Kids Arena.
The team will hold its annual “Teddy Bear Toss” that night, where fans are encouraged to throw a stuffed toy on the ice when the Muskies notch their first goal.
All toys will be donated to the local Salvation Army for its Christmas hamper program.