Thursday, April 24, 2014

Muskie girls sweep Rams

The Red Lake Rams girls’ hockey team found a nauseating sight awaiting them on their bench here yesterday afternoon.
They left the arena with a different kind of sick feeling in their stomachs.

The Muskie girls got two-goal efforts from Shilo Beck, Rachel Jean, and Jessica Coran to fuel a 9-0 shutout of the Rams in NorWOSSA action.
With the win, Fort High (7-0 in NorWOSSA play) completed a two-game sweep of the Rams, which began with a 6-1 victory Tuesday.
An unpleasant mess left on and around the visitors’ bench, from other parties using the facility either the previous night or earlier yesterday, delayed the start of the game by 10 minutes while it was cleaned up.
But when the game finally started, the black-and-gold took no pity on their guests, scoring four times in the first period to send Rams’ goalie Carrie Lynn Crampton to the bench just a tick past the 11-minute mark.
“We played a lot better today than last night [Tuesday],” noted Coran.
The Muskies got off to a sloppy start before finding their groove when Beck knifed into the middle and unloaded a quick backhander to beat Crampton.
Just over two minutes later, Lauren Vold walked in from the left point and sent a laser-like wrist shot past Crampton’s glove hand to make it 2-0, giving Vold her first goal as a Muskie.
Jean, who has played mainly on defence this season, was moved up to take the place of injured forward Katie Sinclair (head) on a line with captain Shelby Tymkin and Amber Jourdain.
And she proved head coach Scott Clendenning’s faith in her was justified when she took a lead pass from Tymkin and blew by the defence before ripping a shot top shelf on Crampton.
“When I came in today and found out I was playing forward, I was kind of mad at first,” smiled Jean.
“But I had some good players on the ice with me.”
Beck then ended Crampton’s day when she walked off the left-wing boards 24 seconds later and found the back of the net.
Jean struck again early the second—finishing off a give-and-go with Tymkin against Rams’ back-up goalie Kelsey Pattison.
Coran then did her “Road Runner” impression while Red Lake defenders Caitlin Hamilton and Kaitlyn Amell playing the part of “Wile E. Coyote” by falling down simultaneously near the blueline while Coran sped around them unchallenged.
The Muskie sniper moved across the crease and put a backhander by Pattison, with the P.A. announcer dubbing her “The Streak” while calling out the goal.
Veteran blueliner Sarah Milling made a rare offensive foray count a minute later, starting the play with a rush to the net and finishing it when Jean fed her behind the net to allow her to walk out and slam a shot off Pattison’s stick and in.
Claire Sandelovich scored short-handed off a Kaily Greengrass rebound later in the second before Amy Penner found Coran speeding to the net, with Coran sending the one-timer behind a lunging Pattison before intermission.
A scoreless third period translated into a shutout performance for Calie Clendenning in the Muskie net.
The previous night, the Muskies led 2-0 after the first and 3-1 following the second before striking for three in the third to ice the victory.
Jourdain and Beck each scored twice, with Hailey Clendenning and Tymkin adding singles.
Sinclair, who was injured in the Bronco K-Town Classic over the weekend in Kenora but played the opener against the Rams before resting yesterday, had three assists.
Sam McKinnon and Penner had two each.
Kate Parsons earned the win in goal while Pattison took the loss.
The Muskies next head to Silver Bay, Mn. for an exhibition game Saturday against the Mariners.

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