Friday, July 31, 2015

Muskies open playoffs with wins

One team did what was expected. The other went through a whole day of the unexpected.
But both came through to get the early edge in their respective playoff clashes.

The Muskie boys’ hockey team cut like a knife through the buttery defence of the host Dryden Eagles—rolling to a 12-4 win in Game 1 of their best-of-three NorWOSSA semi-final yesterday.
Fort High can clinch the series tonight with a win in Game 2, which goes at 7:45 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena here.
Game 3, if necessary, will be played tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
“I thought we capitalized on our chances,” said Muskie head coach Jamie Davis.
“We played well for the majority of the game.
“We did take too many penalties,” he admitted. “We will have to be a little better [today].”
Fort High jumped to a 6-0 lead after 20 minutes that featured a pair of power-play goals by captain Carter Brown and Chase Ferguson.
The black-and-gold also got markers from Cole Tymkin, David Pryde, Jarred Taylor, and Braden Webb, with Taylor’s goal making it 4-0 and causing the Eagles to yank starting goalie Devin Caren.
Graeme Kitt made it 7-0 in the second before Dryden got on the board.
That was quickly countered by a goal from Brett Hahkala.
The Eagles connected on the power play but Tyler VanUden and Tymkin, with his second on a breakaway, upped the lead to 10-2 at the end of the second.
Dryden scored during a delayed penalty to the Muskies in the third, then cut the lead to 10-4 with a power-play marker later in the frame.
But Taylor lit the lamp with nine minutes left before Pryde joined him in the two-goal club with four minutes to play to cap the scoring.
Derek Kaemingh earned the win in goal.
The Muskie girls, meanwhile, survived a nightmarish journey to Kenora to escape with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Broncos in Game 1 of their best-of-three semi-final.
The story was more what happened before the game as the bus carrying the Muskies broke down near Onigaming.
That resulted in more than an hour wait for a replacement bus, which led to the black-and-gold arriving at the arena around the time they were scheduled to take to the ice.
With no chance to eat or properly warm up, the Muskies looked a far cry from the team that manhandled the Broncos while sweeping the season series.
Hailey Clendenning netted the lone goal of the first period but Kenora charged up their home crowd by scoring twice in two minutes early in the second.
Hilary Moncrief beat Muskie goalie Kate Parsons at 1:43, then set up Hannah Rose for the go-ahead goal at 3:43—marking the first time the Broncos held a lead against Fort High this season.
Kaily Greengrass, who assisted on Clendenning’s goal, tied it for the Muskies at 12:04.
But Moncrief earned her third point of the night when she assisted on Rylee Smith’s tally at 17:29 to put Kenora back up by one.
With the Broncos dreaming of a massive upset, Muskie captain Shelby Tymkin stepped up and delivered—converting a feed from Katie Sinclair at 1:04 of the third for the equalizer.
Tymkin then didn’t waste any time in the extra session—notching the unassisted game-winner at 1:39 against Bronco goalie Becca Mahon.
Game 2 of the series goes this afternoon at 2:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena, with Game 3 (if necessary) to be played there tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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