Muskie boys survive squeaker

Possibly the closest and most competitive game of the Muskies’ NorWOSSA season took place last night in Kenora, where the black-and-gold prevailed 3-2 in overtime.
“We didn’t play too too well,” said Muskie head coach Shane Bliss. “Again, we were a little slow off the start.”
The Muskies spent 22 minutes of the game killing penalties compared to the 16 by the host Broncos.
“We had too many penalty minutes,” said Bliss. “But that wasn’t our only problem—their goaltending was great.”
Kevin Bobczynski started things off at 17:20 of the first period with a beautiful back-hander to stake the Muskies to a 1-0 lead.
Ben Gustafson of the Broncos tied it at 4:12.
After a scoreless second period, the third was a see-saw affair as both teams tried to net the go-ahead goal.
It was Matt Redford who hit the twine first, giving the Muskies a 2-1 lead with an unassisted tally at 12:05.
But Kenora would not roll over and knotted the score with 5:53 to play—sending the game to overtime.
Tyler Miller ended up being the hero for the Muskies in the extra session, with Brian White drawing the assist.
The Muskie boys next will face the Red Lake Rams for a pair of games this weekend.
The opener Friday goes at 7:15 p.m. in the Ice for Kids Arena, with Saturday’s contest slated for 12:30 p.m. in the ’52 Canadians Arena.
The Muskie girls’ hockey team also was in Kenora last night but there was no report on how they did by press time.

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