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Season over for Eagles boys’ hockey team

There was a quiet crowd at the Dryden Memorial Arena on Sunday, March 7 after the Eagles lost their second straight game to the Fort Frances Muskies for the NorWOSSA gold medal.
The Eagles gave the Muskies a run for their money at home in Fort Frances on Friday, March 5; a game that needed overtime for the Muskies to win the game 5-4.
The Eagles found themselves trailing the Muskies on three separate occassions and managed to come back to tie the game and send it to the extra period.
Ryan Lobreau added two goals while Jared Stratford and Blair Dingwall added a goal apiece for the Eagles.
Coach Jamie Oltsher says the boys kept their “never say die” attitude and an unlucky break in overtime cost them the game.
“We had several golden opportunities late in the third to break the tie but sometimes the puck just doesn’t bounce your way and putting the finish on the game is tough.”
The Muskies managed to score the overtime winner on a partial breakaway to take round one of the series.
“Our message to the boys before OT was to keep up the hard forecheck and to minimize their mistakes. It was unfortunate that Fort Frances captalized on such a small error…but hey, that’s hockey.”
Round two was a different story as the Eagles couldn’t solve the Muskies’ goaltending, failing to score in the 60 minutes.
The Muskies were up 1-0 after the first period and the Eagles just couldn’t capitilize on their chance and eventually lost round two with a 3-0 decision.
The Muskies scored twice on the powerplay and sealed the deal with an empty-netter in the last minute of the game to earn their trip to OFSAA.
Oltsher says the drive from Friday just wasn’t there on Sunday but they didn’t give up.
“Their goalie played well but we didn’t test him often enough. Our forecheck wasn’t as good as it was on Friday and Fort Frances seemed to play a better defensive game this afternoon.
Despite this, our guyes didn’t give up and they left it all on the ice. The coaching staff is very proud of our team and would like to congratulate them on a very successful season despite finishing in second place.

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