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Muskie girls' team finishes off strong

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Ahead of the Muskie girls' hockey team's regular-season finale Tuesday afternoon, head coach Todd Hamilton said their goal was to finish off strong.

Mission accomplished.

Kelsey Langtry scored twice and added four helpers, and captain Annalise (C.C.) Hayes netted a hat trick, as the black-and-gold routed the host Sioux Lookout Warriors 18-1 to finish NorWOSSA play with league-best 14-1-1 record.

Avery Cates also netted a pair and had two helpers while Jenna Clendenning and Siobhan Mackintosh each scored twice and added an assist.

Clendenning, Langtry (two), and Cates all tallied within the opening 10 minutes as Fort High built a 4-0 cushion.

Hanna Ledrew, Mackintosh, and Hayes then all bulged the twine to give the Muskies a 7-0 lead after the first period.

Hayes (two), Reece McQuaker, Mackintosh, Emily Kaun, Ledrew, and Jillian Calder added second-period markers to make it 14-0.

Taylor Croswell and Jessica Steele found the scoresheet early in the third before the Warriors got their lone goal with 12:10 to go off the stick of Kennedy Rose.

Clendenning and Cates then tallied back-to-back less than two minutes later to cap the scoring.

Kamryn Sandelovich started in goal for the Muskies before giving way to Carly McKinnon after the first period.

Fort High now will kick off its best-of-three NorWOSSA semi-final here Feb. 20 at 6:45 p.m. against either the Warriors or Kenora Broncos.

It also will be “Senior Night” for the graduating Muskie players.

In boys' action Tuesday night, meanwhile, Kaleb Bruyere scored his second goal of the night with 34 seconds left to lead the Muskies (11-1) to a 4-3 triumph over the host Dryden Eagles.

With the loss, the Eagles were eliminated from NorWOSSA playoff contention.

Collin Larson Lapointe opened the scoring for the Eagles just 1:50 into the game.

But Fort High bounced back on goals from Bruyere (14:19) and Byron Stewart (18:24) to take a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Eric Pitkanen earned the lone assist on both tallies.

Jacob Lugli knotted it at 2-2 for the Eagles just 3:20 into the second frame.

Kendyn Faragher then gave the Muskies the lead again just over two minutes later.

Lugli then evened it for Dryden once again with his second of the game at 8:24 before Bruyere's late third-period heroics gave Fort High the victory.

Darian Klem earned the win in goal while Jessie Pettinger was tagged with the loss.

The black-and-gold next head to Red Lake for games tomorrow and Saturday.

Then they'll finish regular-season play with a make-up game Sunday against the host Sioux Lookout Warriors for the one that was postponed back on Jan. 30 due to inclement weather.

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