Broncos skate away with wins

The Muskie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams both fell to the Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action here last night.
For the boys, it was their first league loss of the season.
“We’ve just been playing inconsistent,” Muskie head coach Shane Bliss said after the team’s 5-3 setback to Kenora. “It’s the little things that are killing us.
“We need to continue to work hard, maybe a little harder, and get back to the basics,” he stressed.
The Broncos went up 1-0 at 9:17 of the first period, but Tyler Miller hit the twine with just 37 second left before intermission to knot the score.
The Muskies then grabbed a 2-1 lead early in the second on Brian White’s goal. Kenora then stormed back with a pair of tallies to take a 3-2 lead into the third.
But after Matt Redford knotted the game, Kenora went ahead for good about three minutes later. The Broncos then iced the victory by scoring with just three seconds to go.
“I think we need to keep working on it,” said Muskie defenceman Mike McCaig. “We need to do what we do—play Muskie hockey.”
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls proved to be a tough opponent for the Broncos before falling 3-2 in overtime after Kenora had tied the game with just six seconds left in regulation time.
“The girls worked hard and played well,” said Muskie head coach Lynn Kellar. “It’s going to be a battle every game from now on. But the girls gave the effort we were looking for tonight and played hard start to finish.”
Lauren Krukoski tallied both goals for the Muskies. She netted the first goal of the game at 5:02 of the second period, then made it 2-0 for the black-and-gold two minutes later.
But Kenora drew within one with just 12 seconds left in the period. Then just when the Muskies thought they had the win, the Broncos got the equalizer past Katie Stearns with a half-dozen ticks on the clock.
“I’m pretty mad,” said Krukoski. “They tied it with six seconds [left] and we should have had it. We should have covered more in our end.”
The Muskie girls were coming off a narrow 4-3 loss to the Dryden Eagles on Saturday night at the Ice for Kids Arena. The game was rescheduled from one that had been cancelled due to the weather back in November.
Both teams resume NorWOSSA action with a pair of games Friday night and Saturday afternoon in Red Lake.

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