Muskie boys nip Eagles

Lucas Punkari

Despite completely dominating the Dryden Eagles at the Ice For Kids Arena on Tuesday night, it seemed the Muskie boys’ hockey team was destined to go to another shootout with the score tied 2-2 late in overtime.
But with just 14.5 seconds left on the clock, Muskie defenceman Tarran Romyn was fed the puck from forward Braden Webb, made a nice move around an Eagles’ defender, and beat Justin Oltsher to give the home side the dramatic 3-2 victory.
“I just sort of picked up the puck from him, took advantage of it, and when you’re in the zone, time stands still,” recalled Romyn, who is in Grade 12.
“Most teams know I take the shot, but that time I thought I would just try something new, gave the defender a toe drag, and I went to my backhand.
“I’m not the one who is supposed to be scoring those goals, though,” he laughed.
The Muskies basically had the Eagles hemmed into their own end for most of the game. But despite outshooting Dryden by an eye-popping 55-13 margin, the black-and-gold had a tough time capitalizing on their chances.
“That’s something we have talked about over the last little bit, and it is pretty frustrating,” conceded assistant coach Brad Gushulak.
“Sometimes we might be in too close on the guys, and we’ve talked to the guys about maybe trying to put the puck upstairs more.
“But either way we’re just not burying our chances,” he sighed.
“We are having a hard time trying to buy a goal right now,” agreed Romyn.
“We’re trying our hardest but we just can’t seem to put it away,” he stressed. “But we do know that we are going to get those breaks sometime soon.”
Tyler Mosbeck and Robbie Rea also scored for the Muskies in regulation time, with Kirk Markowski and Richie Callewaert replying for the Eagles.
Sporting a 3-1 record in NorWOSSA play, the black-and-gold now have hit the road for the annual Victoria Inn tournament in Brandon, Man., with their first game going tonight against the home-town Vincent Massey Knights.
Their next league game is set for Thursday, Dec. 8 against St. Thomas Aquinas in Kenora before a home tilt on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. against the Red Lake Rams in the ’52 Canadians Arena.