loses to Falls
It took the Muskie boys’ hockey team a month-and-a-half to make it home.
After capturing two gold medals in four out-of-town tournaments to start the season, to go along with a road win over Dryden in their NorWOSSA opener, the black-and-gold were primed to square off against those same Eagles in their home-opener Tuesday night.
And the Muskies came through—thumping Dryden 11-1 to improve to 2-0 in league play.
It wasn’t a wash right off the bat, however, as neither team took the reins during the opening 20 minutes.
Nick Jourdain notched the lone goal of the opening frame, poking home a Brendan Cawston rebound at 9:50.
It was all Muskies in the second period, though.
Robbie Rea beat Dryden starter Justin Oltsher just 63 seconds in to extend the lead to 2-0.
Then at 6:41, Colton Spicer weaved his way through the Eagles’ defence—hanging one defender out to dry before sliding the puck underneath Oltsher.
Tyler Mosbeck made it 4-0 after fluttering a shot over Oltsher’s shoulder about two-and-a-half minutes later.
Rea notched a wide-open goal at 11:22 before Davis snapped a wrister off the crossbar and in at 15:53 to make it 6-0 heading to the third.
Less than two minutes into the frame, Cawston rebounded from a crushing hit to notch a goal later on the same shift.
He added another at 7:39 to make it 8-0.
Corbin Gervasi finally got Dryden on the board at 10:41 after converting on a two-on-one, but Chris Bobczynski, Tarryn Romyn, and Tyson McLean all unleashed shots that bulged the twine in the final minutes.
Spicer hobbled off the ice late in the game, but head coach Shawn Jourdain said the injury didn’t appear to be serious.
Spicer is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow night against Kenora.
Scott Parsons played all 60 minutes in goal for the Muskies while Kim Wildhaber came on to relieve Oltsher in the third for Dryden.
“We just started playing our game, started using our speed,” Jourdain said after the game.
“We started out playing at their speed and then we just took off halfway through,” he noted.
Tomorrow’s game against Kenora gets underway at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
“Kenora’s got a good squad,” said Jourdain. “They’ve got a big team, lots of players this year.
“I expect a good test.”
While the Muskie boys were pummelling the Eagles, the girls’ squad was in a high-scoring match of their own—albeit one that was much closer.
The black-and-gold fell 7-6 in an exhibition game versus the host International Falls Broncos.
Jillian Langtry netted a hat trick for the Muskies while Melanie Scott, Shae-lynn Smith and Hailey Clendenning added singles.
Fort High next travels to Portage la Prairie, Man. for a tournament this weekend before returning to face Baudette in Emo on Tuesday night (Dec. 14).
Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.