The Dryden Eagles used a three-goal outburst in the third period to pull out a 3-1 win over the visiting Muskie girls’ hockey team in the opener of their best-of-three NorWOSSA final Tuesday night.
After both Muskie goalie Jersey Masson and Eagles’ netminder Hannah Zilkalns formed their versions of a brick wall throughout the first 40 minutes, Dryden finally opened the scoring 6:14 into the third period when Corissa Jensson bulged the twine.
Maddie MacDonald made it 2-0 just under a minute later when she tallied unassisted.
Kyla Calvert then staked the hosts to a three-goal cushion with 5:23 left when she finished off a feed from Saige MacLeod and Cali Lappage.
Jill Calder finally put the Muskies on the board 28 seconds later on a feed from Abbie Kenny and Issy Taylor, but that’s as close as Fort High would get.
Zilkalns made 25 saves to earn the win while Masson turned aside 35 shots in taking the loss.
The black-and-gold now face a must-win in Game 2, which goes tonight at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Should the Muskies prevail, a third-and-deciding game is slated for Saturday night back in Dryden.
The winner advances to OFSAA on March 18-21 in Midland.