Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Muskie girls roll to two victories

After dropping a 5-3 decision to the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action last Thursday, the Muskie girls’ hockey team bounced back in a big way this week.
The black-and-gold improved to 3-2 in league play following a 7-0 romp over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) here last night, which came just 24 hours after a 6-1 exhibition win over International Falls at Bronco Arena.

“I always talk to the girls about how you have to play every game at 120 percent no matter who it is that you are playing,” Muskie head coach Scott Clendenning stressed.
“We were a little soft at times tonight [Wednesday] compared to last night [Tuesday], but overall I’m pleased with the win,” he added.
“The girls played well, they were moving the puck, and they were trying a few different things that they were working on in practice.”
Shilo Beck led the way offensively last night with a hat trick while Kaily Greengrass added a pair of goals.
Amber Jourdain and Hailey Clendenning also scored for the Muskies against the Saints, with Calie Clendenning earning the shutout.
In Tuesday’s win over the Broncos, Beck and Shelby Tymkin paced the offence with two goals each.
Greengrass and Amy Penner rounded out the scoring.
“We were all working well together as a team in that game,” Greengrass recalled.
“It felt like that we wanted it more against the Broncos than we’ve had in the last couple of games, and we also moved the puck around a lot better,” she noted.
“I think that made a huge difference.”
The Muskies now will hit the road later today for a tournament in Portage la Prairie, Man., with their first game set for tomorrow at 2 p.m. against the St. Norbert Collegiate Celtics.
“We want to make sure that we put everything that we have out on the ice and play our hearts out this weekend,” said Grade 12 defender Nicole Horn.
“We don’t really know yet when we will be back out there playing, so we will all want to have a strong performance in the tournament,” she reasoned.
Following the Portage tournament, the black-and-gold were to have hosted the Lake of the Woods Bears and Sioux Lookout Warriors on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
But those games have been cancelled due to the work-to-rule edict set out by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation that takes effect Monday.

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