Muskie boys mauled by Bears

The tale of the scoreboard was both good and bad news.
While the Muskie boys’ hockey team was edged 2-1 in exhibition action last night against the host Lake of the Woods Bears, (Baudette), Fort High head coach Shane Bliss said it could have been much worse.
“It should have been 10-0,” said a dissatisfied Bliss, whose team was badly outshot 45-16 and looked for the most part like they would rather have been anywhere else but at the rink.
“We didn’t skate with them and never created many offensive chances,” Bliss added. “[Muskie goalie] Matt Gamsby played awesome.
“But we’re not getting the effort out of our veterans that we need right now, and our rookies have fallen off,” he noted. “It could be they’re just worn out [four games in the past six days].”^Justin Larson put the Muskies up 1-0 at 6:17 of the first, with linemates Steven Sus and Mike Niskala setting up the play. But that would be the last shot to elude Bears’ goalie Tanner Wightman, who slammed the door shut the rest of the way.
Brent Olson, who had two goals in three games with the Borderland Thunder earlier this season, tied the game with only 27 seconds left in the second period to give his team the boost it needed.
The Bears’ momentum carried over to the third when Darrin Becklund fed Aaron Gens for the game-winner at 5:23.
Both the Muskie boys (9-1-1 in NorWOSSA play) and the girls (0- 4) will make the trek to Kenora tonight for regular-season clashes with the Broncos.
The next home game for both teams will be Jan. 6 against the Dryden Eagles.