Clean sweep for Muskie pucksters

Both Muskie hockey teams made it a clean sweep against the Red Lake Rams here over the weekend.
The Muskie boys overtook the second-place Rams in the NorWOSSA standings with a 3-1 victory on Friday night, followed by a 5-0 shutout Saturday afternoon.
On the girls’ side, the black-and-gold beat the visiting Rams 4-1 and 6-0, although these games were just exhibition (the Red Lake girls’ team is not part of the NorWOSSA circuit).
Tyler Miller got the boys going in the first period Friday night, with Jordan Bale and Justin Larson drawing assists.
Miller then scored on a one-on-one rush in the second, assisted by Jake Esselink, but the period ended with a late goal from the Rams to make the score 2-1.
Esselink (Mitch Green/Josh Sigurdson) added the insurance marker late in the third.
It was a much different outcome Saturday afternoon as Cody Wood earned the shutout as the Muskies won 5-0 to improve their NorWOSSA record to 4-1-1 after starting the season winless in their first two league games.
Green (Brock Benjamin/Sigurdson) tallied in the first period before Esselink (Brian White/Larson) made it 2-0 in the second.
White (Miller/Larson) scored the Muskies’ third tally early in the third before Kevin Bobczynski (Lucas Romaniuk/Tyson Romyn) and Matt Redford (Miller) capped the scoring.
The girls, meanwhile, were knotted in a 1-1 tie after the first period Friday night, with Kelsey McLean (Courtney Caldwell/Sarah O’Sullivan) netting Fort High’s goal.
Hannah Firth (Carly Holt) then put the Muskies ahead to stay with a goal late in the second period.
O’Sullivan (Holt/McLean) and Katie McTavish (unassisted) sealed the victory with third-period goals.
Then the black-and-gold continued their fine play Saturday afternoon with a 6-0 win. Kim Pacarenuk earned the shutout.
Firth (Kristen Roehrig/Courtney Reutzal) and O’Sullivan (McLean) gave the Muskies a 2-0 first-period lead.
Then after a scoreless second period, in which the Muskies spent most of it short-handed due to six penalties, the home team exploded for four goals in the final period to ice the game.
Danielle O’Sullivan (unassisted), Holt (S. O’Sullivan), Deanna Saunders (Ashley Whalen), and S. O’Sullivan (Reutzal/D. O’Sullivan) did the damage.
Despite the Muskies’ solid play of late, all four of their wins so far this season have been in exhibition games. They will look to get their first NorWOSSA win tomorrow night when they host the first-place Kenora Broncos at 7:30 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
The boys, meanwhile, will be looking for their fifth-straight NorWOSSA win when they host the Broncos at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena.

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