Muskie squads clip Eagles’ wings


The Muskie girls’ and boys’ hockey teams both did a great job of protecting home ice on Tuesday night against the visiting Dryden Eagles.
Both squads came away with wins in their home-openers to stay unbeaten in NorWOSSA play.
Captain Jill Calder scored twice and added an assist while Piper Cross also potted a pair to pace the Muskie girls to a 7-0 romp at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
Calder opened the scoring for the Muskies (2-0) near the 10-minute mark of the first period, with Raelle Redford drawing the lone assist on the play.
Then in the second, she potted her second of the night at 4:22 to double the lead as she backhanded home the rebound of Ashlyn Beck’s shot in the slot past Eagles’ (0-1) goalie Brynn Montgomery.
Piper Cross tallied her first of the night just under two minutes later as she found a loose puck in the slot and fired it home before Hailey Bombay sniped one over Montgomery’s shoulder from the right side to put the black-and-gold up by four.
Cross then tallied again with 26 seconds to go in the frame to make it 5-0 after 40 minutes.
Tatum Glowasky and Issy Taylor both found the back of the net in the third period to round out the scoring.
Kamryn Sandelovich was steady when called upon to earn the shutout in goal in her first start of the season.
As for the Muskie boys, they saw their league record improve to 4-0 with an 11-1 shellacking of the Eagles at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Peyton Avis netted a hat trick while Nolan Mann, Josh Ward, and Brady Bodnarchuk each tallied twice to pace the onslaught.
Sheldon Kelly and Jace Dittaro also lit the lamp for Fort High.
Mann, Ward, Avis (two), and Kelly all bulged the twine in the first period on Eagles’ goalie Aidan Butts to help the Muskies jump out to a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Avis then completed his hat trick on a power play near the 10-minute mark of the second to put the black-and-gold up by six.
Dittaro and Ward then capitalized later in the frame to make it an eight-goal cushion after 40 minutes.
Bodnarchuk scored both of his goals within a two-minute span in the third before Calix Kalka broke Darian Klem’s shutout bid with 9:26 left to trim it to 10-1.
Mann then skated around the Dryden defence and fired a low shot home to cap the scoring with 2:41 remaining.
The Muskie girls next will be in action on Saturday when they head to International Falls to battle the Broncos in the opener of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series at 3 p.m. at Bronco Arena.
Fort High will host the finale on Jan. 20 at IFK.
Both Muskie squads are slated to resume NorWOSSA action on Tuesday (Nov. 26) when they host the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).
The girls’ game will go at 7 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena with the boys’ one to follow at 7:15 at IFK.