Saturday, November 22, 2014

Muskie squads seeded top 10

Both Muskie hockey squads will be seeded in the top 10 when their respective OFSAA ‘AA’ hockey championships get underway next week.
The boys’ team—coming off a 14-1 regular season and a 4-0 march to the NorWOSSA title—received the fifth seed from the tournament selection committee for their provincial showdown March 18-21 in Burlington/Oakville.

Fort Frances is part of Pool ‘G’ for the 20-team tournament, along with the No. 3-ranked Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School Wolfpack (Caledon), No. 10 La Salle Secondary School Black Knights (Kingston), No. 15 Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy Tigers (Toronto), and No. 18 Timmmins High and Vocational School Blues (Timmins).
The Muskies, gunning for their fourth provincial crown but first since 2001, begin play next Tuesday at 9 a.m. against Timmins, followed by a 2 p.m. match-up with the Community Hebrew Academy (all times CDT).
Fort High then faces La Salle at 7:15 a.m. next Wednesday before wrapping up pool play at 5 p.m. versus Robert F. Hall.
The top two from each of the four pools advance to the quarter-finals, which begin next Thursday (March 20).
The gold- and bronze-medal games take place March 21.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls’ inaugural foray into OFSAA finds them seeded eighth in the 16-team field at Sudbury, which was reduced from its original 20 after four teams declined to attend.
Fort High shares Pool ‘B’ with No. 3-ranked St. Michael Catholic Secondary School Warriors (Stratford), No. 9 Ecole secondaire catholique Embrun Cyclones (Embrun), and No. 14 Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault Flames (Timmins).
The black-and-gold, who went a perfect 15-0 during the NorWOSSA regular season and then 4-0 in the playoffs, open play against the Cyclones next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. before meeting the Warriors at 1:30 p.m. (all times CDT).
They close out pool action next Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. versus the Flames.
The top two finishers in each pool advance to the quarter-finals, which begin next Wednesday evening.
The gold- and bronze-medal games are slated for next Thursday.
As for the Muskie girls’ curling rink, their pool grouping and seeding for the OFSAA championship March 19-21 in Brampton had not been determined as of press time today.
The team features skip Hailey Beaudry, third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry.

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