Muskie girls net bronze
The Muskie girls’ hockey team didn’t need angels on its side to beat a squadron of Saints—just some sharpshooters looking to make amends from an earlier off game.
Katie Sinclair and Shelby Tymkin each scored twice as the Muskies blanked the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints 7-0 to capture the bronze medal at the sixth annual Portage Collegiate Institute Saints Christmas Classic in Portage la Prairie, Man. on Saturday.
The Muskies pounded the St. Mary’s Academy Flames 8-1 in their opening game at the nine-team tournament, but then were surprised 3-0 by the Dryden Eagles in their second outing.
Fort Frances had whipped Dryden 7-2 in their NorWOSSA road-opener back on Nov. 26, but faced a much tougher Eagles’ squad in their Manitoba match-up.
The black-and-gold then closed the preliminary round with a 6-0 shutout over the Sanford (Man.) Sabres.
Redford, one of the Fort’s three reserve roster players, starred against the Sabres with a pair of goals.
Alexis Perreault, Sinclair, Clendenning, and Beck netted singles.
Meanwhile, the Muskie boys brought home the ‘B’-side title of the Royal Oak division at the Victoria Inn tournament in Brandon (Man.) after beating the Vincent Massey Trojans (Winnipeg) 5-2 yesterday.
Carter Brown powered the Fort High attack from the blueline with two goals while Cole Tymkin, Chase Ferguson, and Josh Gouin notched the other goals.
Jonah Johnson earned the win in net.
Fort High opened the tournament by splitting their two games in Pool #3—losing 5-2 to the Neepawa (Man.) Tigers on Thursday before rebounding for a 5-3 win Friday against the Sturgeon Creek Huskies (Winnipeg).
Jarred Taylor netted a pair of goals in the latter game while Graeme Kitt, Ferguson, and Brown had the others.
On Saturday, the Muskies began the day with a 6-0 whitewash of the Virden (Man.) Bears.
David Pryde, Jack Hamilton, Brown, Sam Tibbs, Tyler Mosbeck, and Taylor were the goal scorers, with Johnson earning the shutout.
That set up a meeting with the Kelvin Clippers (Winnipeg) in what resulted in a controversial 3-2 loss.
The Muskies trailed 2-1 late in the third, with Tibbs having the only marker for the black-and-gold to that point.
Fort High then pulled goalie Derek Kaemingh to great effect in the final minute, with Taylor tying the game in the waning seconds—seemingly forcing overtime.
But with one second left, Kaemingh thought he had the puck covered.
He was not able to elicit a whistle from the referee before the puck was shoved in, however—to the delight of an ecstatic Kelvin side and the chagrin of the Muskies.
The Muskie boys are back at it tonight at the Ice For Kids Arena against the Red Lake Rams as the locals try to improve their NorWOSSA record to 3-1.
Then they host St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday (both games are at 7:15 p.m.)
The Muskie girls, meanwhile, will look to seek revenge against Dryden in their NorWOSSA match-up tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.