Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Muskie puck squads advance

Two teams, two more wins each, two missions accomplished.
The Muskie girls’ and boys’ hockey teams both advanced to the NorWOSSA finals yesterday by sweeping their respective best-of-three semi-final series with a pair of home victories.

Shilo Beck netted a hat trick to pace the Muskie girls to an 8-2 win over the Kenora Broncos yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Amber Jourdain added two goals while Kaily Greengrass, Shelby Tymkin, and Amy Penner had singles.
Calie Clendenning earned the win between the pipes while Aryn Pulz was saddled with the loss for the Broncos, who trailed 3-0 after the first and 6-1 after two.
Fort High, which took Game 1 of the series 4-3 in overtime in Kenora on Sunday, now awaits the winner of the other semi-final between the Dryden Eagles and Red Lake Rams.
The Eagles lead the series 1-0, with Game 2 going tonight in Red Lake.
The survivor of that showdown will travel here Saturday for Game 1 of the best-of-three NorWOSSA final at the Ice For Kids Arena beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Game 2 will be next Monday (March 3) in either Dryden or Red Lake, with Game 3 (if necessary) back at IFK on March 4 at 7:15 p.m.
A Muskie triumph in the final will mean Fort High’s first girls’ hockey team advancing to the OFSAA ‘AA’ championship, which is slated March 18-21 in Sudbury.
As for the Muskie boys, it was business as usual in a 9-3 thumping of the Dryden Eagles last night at the IFK Arena to seal the 2-0 series victory.
The line of Braden Webb, Tyler VanUden, and Chase Ferguson did much of the heavy lifting for Fort High.
Webb finished with a hat trick and an assist while VanUden had a game-high five points, including a pair of goals.
Ferguson added two assists.
Cole Tymkin also had a two-goal night while Carter Brown and Brett Hahkala netted singles.
Spencer Shortreed contributed two assists.
Jonah Johnson earned the win in goal while Brady Desserre took the loss for the Eagles, who had lost 12-4 at home in Game 1 on Sunday.
It will be a rivalry renewed in the NorWOSSA final as the Muskies will take on the Broncos, who topped the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints 5-4 last night to win that all-Kenora semi-final series 2-1.
Game 1 of the boys’ final goes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the IFK Arena, with Game 2 set for Friday in Kenora.
Game 3 (if necessary) will be back at the IFK Arena next Monday (March 3) at 7:15 p.m.
The victor will advance to the OFSAA ‘AA’ championship March 18-21 in Burlington/Oakville.

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