Muskie boys clinch top spot

Lucas Punkari

Needing only one win in their last three games to wrap up first place, the Muskie boys’ hockey team got the job done on their very first try.
The black-and-gold utilized their physical style of play to their advantage, especially in the third period, as they earned a 4-3 victory over the Dryden Eagles last night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Clinching top spot gives Fort High home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
“Our effort here was a lot better than in our game earlier this week [a 7-6 shootout win over St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday night],” noted Muskie head coach Shawn Jourdain.
“One of our biggest issues in that game was with the number of penalties that we took, which is something that you can’t be doing, but tonight we did a great job of staying disciplined.
“It’s been a long season and every team will hit a rough patch, so to see the guys bounce back and wrap up first place in the standings is great to see,” Jourdain added.
Grade 12 right-winger Ryan Windigo led the Muskies on offence, scoring the game-winning goal just past the halfway mark of the third period.
He also assisted on Jeff Davis’ goal to open the scoring.
“I was really excited about scoring that goal,” enthused Windigo, who jumped into the end boards while celebrating his lamp-lighter.
“I had a lot of chances to bury one during the game,” he noted. “And even though it was kind of a garbage goal, it still felt great.”
Tarran Romyn helped the cause with two assists, with the Muskies’ other goals coming from Josh Gouin and Cole Godbout.
Even though the Muskies already have clinched the top seed for the post-season, they will be looking to build on their NorWOSSA-best 11-0-0-1 record on the road next week.
The squad heads to Sioux Lookout on Thursday to take on the Warriors, then they’ll close out the regular season Friday night in Dryden.
The black-and-gold also will host the International Falls Broncos on Friday, Feb. 17 in one final tune-up game before the post-season begins.