Muskie boys rebound against Red Lake Falls

Staff

After an upset 4-3 overtime loss to the Dryden Eagles last Tuesday night, the Muskie boys’ hockey team was a scorned group.
Red Lake Falls was the unlucky bunch to experience the wrath of the black-and-gold, getting scorched for seven first-period goals en route to Fort High’s 7-2 victory in exhibition action here Saturday afternoon.
Fort High got on the board right away as Nathan Calder and Donovan Cousineau both tallied while the last notes of the anthem still echoed inside the arena.
Brett McMahon then made it 3-0 at 7:35, assisted by Colton Spicer.
Matt DePiero found himself with a gift at 8:47 after a Red Lake Falls defender tried to clear the puck up the middle.
DePiero sent a backhand up and over goalie Zach Page.
After David Chambers ballooned the lead to 5-0 at 15:11, Dustin Brown followed up 24 seconds later with a wrister that eluded new goalie Wyatt Cesazan.
Davis Smith rounded out the Muskie scoring at 16:39 of the first after he wired a one-timer from Devin Ball to make it 7-0.
The black-and-gold outshot Red Lake Falls 13-5 through one.
The visitors got on the board at 7:04 of the second when Garret Schmitz rocketed one past Muskie goalie Devin Stromness on the power play.
Then at 14:03, Dylan Zutz tapped a two-footer past Stromness to get Red Lake Falls to within five, but that was as close as they got.
Neither team could score in the third period.
The Muskies are on the road for the rest of the season, returning to NorWOSSA action Feb. 5-6 against the host Red Lake Rams.
They’ll wrap up their league schedule with a game in Dryden on Feb. 9 and then one in Kenora on Feb. 16.
Fort High then will face the host International Falls Broncos in one more exhibition game Feb. 19 before the NorWOSSA playoffs start Feb. 26.