Weekend playoff hockey wrap-up: Dryden gives, Dryden takes away

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

Fort Frances hockey teams experienced highs and lows against Dryden teams this weekend.

The Fort Frances High Muskies teams are both still in the fight after wins against the Dryden High Eagles. While the Fort Frances Lakers’ season has come to an end.

The Muskie girls bested the Eagles in a tightly contested 2-0 game. The win evens the best of three series at one game a piece. Piper Miller scored the eventual game winner in the first period on the powerplay and team captain Tatum Glowasky added some insurance with her breakaway goal in the third.

Head Coach Nichole Clarke was full of praise for her team after the game.

“We knew we had to give it our all today,” Clarke said of the elimination game. “That’s exactly what we did. We had to play with our heart and that’s what the girls did. We had nothing left to lose and we left it all out on the ice.”

The final game will be “winner take all” on Wednesday night at Dryden Memorial Arena at 6:30 p.m.

“When we played [Thomas Aquinas] in the semis we were always first to the puck,” Clarke said. When we went to Dryden we were first there too, but they’re a quicker team so today we wanted to make sure we didn’t give them enough room to get that kind of speed and I think we were able to do that.”

The Muskie boys won a spirited 8-1 tilt later that evening. Noah McPherson had two goals for the Muskies. Who took off after a tight first period went scoreless.

Head Coach Chris Sinclair says the boys put in a good performance.

“It was a solid performance from start to finish, even in the first that ended 0-0,” Sinclair said. “I thought we controlled the play, and we had the majority of the chances and it was just a matter of time before we were able to find the back of the net. It was a great job by them to stick with the game plan.”

The boys NorWOSSA final goes this Friday night at 7:45 p.m. The boys will play Beaver Brae Secondary Broncos. The Broncos are the only team that beat the boys all season in a December exhibition game, 2-1 in Kenora. It’s been a while since the teams played. That exhibition loss coming on Dec. 10.

“They’re the only team that beat us, in exhibition,” Sinclair said. “We haven’t seen them since the beginning of the year, so I’m sure they’ve developed and come a long way just as we have. I expect a good, hard game. We need to be at our best to have success and come out on top.”

The Fort Frances Lakers fell 9-0 Friday night to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs ending their brief playoff run in a 3-0 sweep of the best of five series. The Lakers were in tough all year finishing last in the regular season standings. The Times will have a season wrap-up story including thoughts from coach Ron Mackinnon and team awards on Wednesday.