Both the Muskie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams were swept 2-0 by the Dryden Eagles in their respective best-of-three NorWOSSA semi-finals.
The girls’ team made a valiant effort here Sunday afternoon to extend their season, capping a rally from a 3-0 deficit on a backhander by Trista Barker with just one second on the clock to send the game to overtime.
The Muskies poured it on in the first overtime as top scorers Jen Caul, Sarah Barton, and Shannon Koval had numerous chances on Dryden goalie Tiffany Thompson but couldn’t net the game-winner.
Then with four minutes left in the second overtime, Eagles forward Kristin Dykalski ended the Muskies’ season with a sharp drive that beat goalie Kim Fowler.
“It was very close,” said Muskie assistant coach Greg Madill. “The girls played their hearts out today and we couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Dryden head coach Clint Bruetsch said Barker’s last-second goal lifted the Muskies to another level in overtime.
“We definitely lost a lot of momentum there and they had all of it,” he said. “That game could have gone either way. We’re happy with win. It was a great game.”
Carly Brown had given the Eagles a 1-0 lead after the first period, then she and Dykalski scored to make it 3-0.
Koval found herself alone in front to score the Muskies’ first goal late in the second. Then Caul took a feed from Barton behind the net to make it 3-2.
The black-and-gold were nipped 1-0 by the Eagles on an early third-period goal in the series opener Friday afternoon in Dryden.
The Eagles now will face Kenora in the best-of-three NorWOSSA final. The first-place Broncos easily disposed of the fourth-place Red Lake Rams in their best-of-three semi-final with 20-1 and 15-1 wins.
In boys’ action, the Muskies scored first on a power-play goal by Terry Kellar five minutes into Sunday’s game here, but Hazen Todd scored with a man advantage to tie the game in the second.
Dryden then iced a 4-1 win with goals by Blaine McKim, Scott Dingwall, and Lonnie Edison.
Muskie goalie Mathew Gamsby stopped 34 of 38 shots in the loss.
The black-and-gold had lost the series opener 5-1 in Dryden on Friday night.
“I think we got beat by a better team,” Muskie head coach Glen Edwards said. “The difference was they were just a little better with the puck than we were.
“At times, we couldn’t handle their first line in our own end.”
Eagles head coach Darryl Mousseau said it took a while for his players to get into the game.
“Near the end of the first, the effort was just slowly coming around,” he said. “They showed a little bit better work ethic and it translated on the scoreboard.”
The playoff exit ended the Muskies’ streak of three-straight NorWOSSA titles.
In the other boys’ semi-final, second-place Kenora will host third-place Red Lake in a deciding Game 3 tomorrow night. The NorWOSSA final will begin Thursday in Dryden.