Mosbeck sparks Muskies to victory
On the heels of a 5-3 loss to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints on Tuesday night in Kenora, Muskie forward Tyler Mosbeck was determined to do whatever he could to help his team get back on track after its month-and-a-half hiatus.
With a hot hand in front of the goal, and a little help from his teammates, the Grade 11 forward did just that last night, scoring four times in Fort High’s 6-2 win over the visiting Sioux Lookout Warriors.
“I was just trying my best to help the team get the goals that we needed to get ahead, and I just kept pushing,” he added.
“Graeme Kitt and Dylan Curtis were able to help me out on a couple of the goals, and I was thankful that I was able to get those shots in.”
Mosbeck broke a 2-2 tie with 12 minutes left in regulation time when his shot from the slot zipped past Warriors’ goalie Kordell Favot, which also earned him a hat trick.
“I had seen that the corner was open so I just shot it and hoped for the best,” Mosbeck recalled.
“It went in, and we were just able to build off of that.”
From that point on, the Muskies dominated the rest of the period as Mosbeck, Tyler Fontana, and Nick Kaun all scored in a three-minute span to ice the victory.
Despite winning by a comfortable margin, Muskie head coach Ed Vold felt the overall play of the squad wasn’t quite as strong as it had been in their road loss to the Saints on Tuesday.
“I don’t know if it was the home-game jitters, playing in front of the home crowd again, or what it was,” he admitted.
“We were a way different team tonight compared to what we were on Tuesday, and I was actually happier with how we played in Kenora compared to how we played here.
“It was ugly but we got the win,” Vold reasoned.
Brandon Stanley and Jared Binguis beat Muskie goalie Jonah Johnson for Sioux Lookout, who have dropped a number of close games this season.
“It’s been a bit tight for us all year and there’s a lot of parity in the league, which makes for some good hockey,” noted Warriors’ bench boss Kevin Berube.
“The attention to the small things is what separates a win from a loss, and from a team that’s in first place to one that is in fifth or sixth,” he reasoned.
“It can also be frustrating at times as we know that a team like ours is right on the cusp of being there,” Berube added.
“But it’s the small things that we have to focus on in order to be a top team night in and night out,” he reiterated.
The Muskies are back in action tonight when they host the Red Lake Rams at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.