Muskie boys reach quarter-final round

Joey Payeur

The Muskie boys’ hockey team isn’t done dancing to the piper’s tune just yet.
Fort High blanked the Garden City Gophers (Winnipeg) 6-0 this morning to finish in second place in Pool ‘C’ at the fifth-annual Boston Pizza Piper Classic High School Hockey Tournament there.
That puts the Muskies into a quarter-final match-up today at 5:30 p.m. against the second-place finisher in Pool ‘A’—likely the defending champion St. Paul’s Crusaders (Winnipeg), who have won the tournament three of the past four years.
Tyler VanUden and Tyler Mosbeck gave the black-and-gold a 2-0 lead after the first period against the Gophers.
The floodgates then opened in the second with a four-goal blitz from David Pryde, Carter Brown, Aaron McDowall, and Nolan Vold.
Derek Kaemingh easily made that lead hold up with a shutout performance in goal.
The Muskies opened the tournament in heart-stopping fashion yesterday—going 13 rounds into a shootout before Sam Tibbs’ goal lifted Fort High to a 4-3 victory over the College Jeanne-Sauve Olympiens (Winnipeg).
Graeme Kitt scored twice in regulation while McDowall added the other, with Kaemingh coming up huge in the shootout to secure the win.
The goal scorers for the Olympiens were unavailable by press time.
But the black-and-gold couldn’t sustain the momentum in their second game, falling 3-2 to the St. John’s-Ravenscourt Eagles (Winnipeg).
Braden Webb had given the Muskies a 1-0 lead in the first period before the Eagles tied it.
Mosbeck then put Fort High back out front in the second to make it 2-1 entering the final frame.
But penalty problems plagued the Muskies yet again, with St. John’s-Ravenscourt netting a pair of power-play goals in the third to grab their first lead of the game and the only one they would need.
The Muskies went with an extra attacker in the final minute but could not net the equalizer.
The semi-finals take place tomorrow starting at 8:15 a.m., followed by the final at 2:45 p.m.