Muskie boys destroy Red Lake Falls

The Muskie boys’ hockey team continued its winning ways with an 8-0 romp over Red Lake Falls in exhibition action here Friday night.
“We did not play as smooth and convincingly as we have over the past six games prior to this affair,” noted Muskie head coach Shane Bliss. “We were a little sloppy and did not have the same jump as we did in Brandon or in Baudette.”
The Muskies’ scoring parade began at 9:50 of the first period when Kevin Bobczynski deflected a shot by Jake Esselink. Just a minute later, Riley Caul poked in a rebound as Scott McFayden and Andrew Easton drew assists.
Tyler Miller made it 3-0 at 10:37 of the second, assisted by George Halverson and Mike McCaig. Miller then tallied again with just over a minute left in the period.
The black-and-gold then added four more goals in the third to round out the scoring.
Brian White (Halverson/Miller) netted a power-play goal at 12:28, then Green (Lucas Romaniuk) made it 6-0 just seconds later on a slapshot from the blueline.
After White (Romaniuk and Miller) tallied his second of the game, Esselink capped the scoring with an empty-netter with one tick left on the clock.
Although the Muskies have had a strong start to their season, Bliss still has a few things he’s working on with the team in order to prepare for the all-Ontarios in March, which Fort Frances is hosting.
“We continue to miss too many chances in front of the net, and the hard work the boys put in to get in that position goes wasted,” he remarked.
“We keep telling the boys that they have to bear down in front of the net because as we get nearer and nearer to OFSAA, the chances to score are going to get fewer and fewer as we play tougher opponents and as teams check tighter,” Bliss stressed.
Both the Muskie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams will resume NorWOSSA action tomorrow in Kenora against the Broncos. The puck drops at 4:30 p.m. for both games.
In related news, the Muskie boys’ game here against Dryden, scheduled for Nov. 29 but cancelled because of inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Jan. 20 at the Ice for Kids Arena at 7:30 p.m.