Muskie boys sweep Kenora But season over for girls’ team

The Muskie hockey program met with mixed results in the opening round of the NorWOSSA playoffs over the weekend.
The boys’ team continued their season-long domination of Kenora—beating the Broncos 11-5 here Friday and then 8-4 up there last night to sweep the best-of-three series.
The black-and-gold now will face the Dryden Eagles for NorWOSSA gold beginning this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena here.
The Eagles advanced after sweeping Red Lake in their best-of-three semi-final series.
Despite a lacklustre effort, Fort High drew first blood against Kenora with an 11-5 victory Friday night on home ice.
Muskie captain Ryan Witherspoon led the way offensively with a hat trick.
Taylor Jorgenson and Joe Basaraba each netted a pair of goals while George Halverson, Kevin Bobczynski, Mitch Green, and Zach McCool added singles.
Rich Wieringa earned the victory between the pipes.
The Muskies then completed the sweep last night in Kenora with an 8-4 win.
Witherspoon once again was the catalyst of the Muskie offence, scoring four times.
Matt Hebert added a pair of markers while Basaraba and Kyle Turgeon rounded out the scoring.
David Moen recorded the win in goal.
But while the boys advanced to the next round of the playoffs, the Muskie girls’ season is done after they were swept by the Kenora Broncos over the weekend.
The Muskies, who had finished second in the regular season, fell behind 5-0 midway through the second period Friday night at the ’52 Canadians Arena before mounting a furious comeback.
Lauren Krukoski scored twice while Nicki Mosbeck and Kristen Penner added singles to pull to within a goal midway through the third.
But any hopes of a Muskie comeback were dashed when goalie Kate Stearns was beaten short side moments after Kenora had called a time-out.
Despite some late Muskie pressure, the Broncos hung on for the 6-4 victory.
The Muskies had hoped to extend the series to a third-and-deciding game by picking up a win in Kenora last night but a slew of penalties allowed the Broncos to notch three power-play goals to lead 3-0 midway through the third.
Cortney Caldwell scored in the waning moments to cut the deficit to two goals but it would prove to be too little, too late as the Broncos won 3-1 to sweep the series.
Sara Trendiak took the loss between the pipes.
Kenora now faces first-place Dryden for the NorWOSSA crown.