Muskie boys set for Kenora

Bring on the Broncos!
The Muskie boys’ hockey team will open the best-of-three NorWOSSA final here Friday night against Kenora after sweeping the Dryden Eagles in the semi-finals over the weekend.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena.
Game 2 will go Sunday (March 5) in Kenora, with Game 3 (if necessary) back here next Tuesday (March 7).
NorWOSSA gold is on the line but not much else as both teams will advance to the all-Ontarios here later this month regardless of the outcome.
The Muskies have an automatic berth as the host squad while Kenora has claimed the second berth reserved for NorWOSSA whether or not they can beat the black-and-gold.
Still, Fort High wants to go into the all-Ontarios on a winning note. As well, the team’s ranking in NorWOSSA will determine how they are seeded at OFSAA, which, in turn, will dictate the pool they play in.
Although the Muskies dominated Kenora during the regular season, the Broncos recently added three ‘AAA’ players to their roster, who are rumoured to be quite skilled and could possibly pose a threat to Fort High.
“We’re going to have to work hard for all 60 minutes [next game],” head coach Shane Bliss stressed. “We have to work a lot harder because we’re playing against a team we’re not totally familiar with.”
He also admitted the Muskies tend to lose their focus if they get ahead early on in the game.
“If we get up two or three goals, we tend to let our foot off the gas and start taking dumb penalties,” he noted.
Bliss also had been concerned by the lack of team emotion on the ice and the bench. But he said he’s recently noticed an improvement in that area and hopes that will add to their performance in the NorWOSSA final.
“We were prepared mentally and physically. We were pumped for [last Friday’s semi-final] game,” he remarked.
Still, victory didn’t come easy for the first-place black-and-gold against the fourth-place Eagles, managing a 5-3 victory on goals by Brett Meyers, Mitch Green, Brock Benjamin, Tyson Romyn, and Brian White.
They were much more dominating in Sunday’s game against Dryden, in which White gave the black-and-gold a 2-0 lead in the first period. Tyler Miller then added a short-handed goal in the second to make it 3-0.
Dryden scored six minutes into the third before Romyn tallied with half-a-second left on the clock to seal the 4-1 victory.
But Dryden and Red Lake, who were swept by Kenora in that semi-final series, aren’t done yet.
This time around, a third NorWOSSA berth is up for grabs, which will go to the winner of the upcoming best-of-three series between the Eagles and Rams.