Muskies make playoffs

The Muskie boys’ hockey team made sure they would not be the first of their storied program to miss the playoffs.
They outworked Dryden 3-2 in their season-finale here last night to earn the fourth-and-final Nor-WOSSA playoff berth—and a date against the first-place Eagles in the opener of their best-of-three semi-final series up there Friday night.
The win left the Muskies with a 4-10-2 record—three points better than the last place Sioux Lookout Warriors, who were losing their season-finale to the Kenora Broncos at last report last night.
“The kids wanted to get in the playoffs,” said assistant coach Ken Christiansen. “We wanted to be the masters of our own destiny rather than sit back and wonder what Sioux Lookout was doing.”
Terry Kellar scored in the first minute of the game to give the Muskies the early lead. Ben Bartlett tied score later in the period, but Nathan Miller and Jamie Krukoski scored within a minute of each other midway through the second to make it 3-1.
Goalie Mathew Gamsby made several big saves in the third to preserve the advantage before Eagles forward Scott Dingwall scored with 38 seconds to play to round out the scoring.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls closed out their season with a 2-2 tie against the Eagles here last night. Tara Lloyd and Heather Dutton had given the black-and-gold a 2-1 lead after the first but Dryden tied it up in the second.
“The team was really up for this game,” said team manager Doris Barton. “We’ve been waiting for the type of first period they had.”
The girls (4-7-1) also will visit Dryden for the first game of the best-of-three NorWOSSA semi-final Friday.