Sunday, August 2, 2015

Muskie pucksters win league battles

After being blanked by their cross-border rivals less than 24 hours earlier, the Muskie girls’ hockey team was working with a short fuse.
The Kenora Broncos provided the match yesterday—and the result was an offensive explosion.

Shelby Tymkin racked up five goals to pace Fort High to a 12-1 rout of the host Broncos and improve the black-and-gold’s NorWOSSA record to a flawless 9-0.
Amy Penner added a hat trick while Shilo Beck collected a pair.
Jessica Coran and Kaily Greengrass also scored to back the winning effort in goal by Kate Parsons.
Fort High led 4-1 after the first and 7-1 after the second before piling up five more in the final frame to cruise to victory.
It was a radical turnaround from the previous evening across the river, where the host International Falls Broncos salvaged a split of their season exhibition series with the Muskies in a 2-0 victory.
“With the girls being off for exams, we seemed to have lost a step in that game [against the Falls],” noted head coach Scott Clendenning.
“Our compete level was down.
“In Kenora, we played a much better game,” he added. “The girls played well and the compete level was coming back up.
“Our skating and ability to get pucks to the net was evident in the score,” Clendenning said.
“[But] we still have work to get done,” he stressed. “We need to mentally and physically be ready for our playoff run.”
Amber Tilander and Amy Auran scored second-period goals for the Falls, which had lost 6-2 to Fort High in their first meeting Dec. 3.
Taylor Fisch provided spotless goaltending for the Broncos while Calie Clendenning took the loss.
The Muskie boys, meanwhile, came out in a feisty mood after losing three-straight exhibition games in Thunder Bay and dumped the Dryden Eagles 9-1 here Tuesday night.
Fort Frances (6-1) torched the Eagles (4-4) for five goals in the opening frame and then three more in the second.
“We started well, which makes a big difference,” said Muskie head coach Jamie Davis.
“Everyone played well, even if the pace of the game slowed somewhat in the third,” he noted.
Carter Brown provided a potent offensive dynamic from his position on defence, netting his second hat trick of the season while adding an assist.
“I got lucky,” the Muskie newly-appointed captain chuckled.
“It seems like Dryden folded when we got the big lead early,” he added.
“We came together as a team just before Christmas and now we’re really starting to show it.”
Chase Ferguson added two goals and two assists against Dryden while Cole Tymkin, Bantam ‘AA’ Canadians’ call-up Noah Loveday, Aaron McDowall, and Malcolm King added singles.
Loveday and fellow Bantam Brett Hahkala were inserted into the lineup in place of Grade 12 forwards Tyler Mosbeck and Nolan Vold, whom Davis announced today were no longer with the team.
Meanwhile, Fort goalie Jonah Johnson was 1:26 away from a shutout before Cam Zappitelli put a rebound high under the crossbar for Dryden’s only goal.
Brady Desserre suffered the loss for the Eagles, who fell three points back of the Muskies for third place in the NorWOSSA standings.
Both Muskie squads face Sioux Lookout today, with the girls hosting the Warriors at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The boys, meanwhile, are in Sioux Lookout.

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