The Muskie boys’ hockey team wasn’t going to Red Lake Falls, Mn. for sightseeing—unless it was to see just how they matched up with an opponent they only see once a year.
The results were rewarding as Fort High posted a 6-0 exhibition win over the host Lafayette Eagles on Saturday.
“It was a really good game,” said Muskie assistant coach Brad Gushulak.
“It was better than the 6-0 score indicated.”
The Muskies make an annual jaunt to face the Eagles due to Lafayette’s coach, Brad (O.J.) Kennett, being a former Muskie.
“They have one really strong player and they came out strong in the first,” recalled Gushulak.
“The pucks were just bouncing off our sticks.
“In the second, it got physical and we got into some penalty trouble,” Gushulak added. “We had two 5-on-3s against and also had a five-minute major sprinkled in there.
“But we were a much better team and we showed it in the third,” he said.
“They’re comparable to what Red Lake is in NorWOSSA.”
Colton Spicer, who scored Fort High’s opening goal, was the recipient of the five-minute major and a game misconduct after being whistled for spearing.
“I don’t know if anyone on our bench saw it because it happened behind the play,” noted Gushulak.
“But we always carry four forward lines and an extra forward, as well as our six defencemen, so when we lost Colton, we just were down to a normal rotation,” he reasoned.
Jeff Gustafson, Davis Ross, Chris Bobczynski, Brendan Cawston, and Robbie Rea had the other goals for the Muskies.
Devin Stromness, meanwhile, was a force in goal for the black-and-gold, playing an error-free game to earn the shutout.
The Muskies enter the exam break injury-free and will be at full strength for their next game—an exhibition battle against the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) scheduled for this Sunday (Jan. 30) at 3:45 p.m. at the Emo-La Vallee Arena.
Fort High then returns to NorWOSSA action on Tuesday, Feb. 1 when they travel to Dryden.
The Muskies sit atop the league standings with a 6-1 record, three points up on the second-place Kenora Broncos (4-2-1) and four ahead of the Eagles (4-4).