Muskie girls win thriller in opener

Jamie Mountain

There was no shortage of drama Tuesday night in the Muskie girls’ hockey team’s NorWOSSA regular-season opener.
Taylor Croswell scored a breakaway goal with just under two minutes to go to lead the Muskies to a 6-5 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in the ’52 Canadians Arena.
The goal capped what was a wild third period for both teams.
The Muskies headed into the frame leading 3-1 but some defensive lapses and ill-advised penalties started to add up for the home side.
The Saints cut the Muskies’ lead to 3-2 midway through the period, firing one past Kamryn Sandelovich.
After tying the game on a two-man advantage, the Saints grabbed their first lead of the game shortly afterwards.
Jillian Calder tied it at 4-4 off a strange goal that saw the puck take quite a few bounces before going in five-hole on the Saints’ goalie, who was left shaking her head in bewilderment.
The teams then traded goals to set up Croswell’s late heroics, when she broke in alone and fired it top-shelf to send the Muskie girls and their fans home happy.
Sandelovich stood tall in net down the stretch to earn the win.
The Muskies opened the scoring early in the first period when Annalise Hayes buried a feed from Croswell and Jenna Clendenning.
Siobhan MacKintosh then made it 2-0 in the second when she fired a shot upstairs for her first of the night.
With the Muskies killing off two penalties, MacKintosh had a great individual effort to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Saints got on the board later in the frame to set up the exciting final period.
The Muskie girls next face two-straight home games against the Kenora Broncos this Tuesday (Nov. 21) and again on Nov. 28.