Now that’s kicking off the season in style.
The Muskie boys’ hockey team sent an early message it will be a force to be reckoned with this season by capturing the gold medal at a tournament in Dryden over the weekend.
David Chambers grabbed the spotlight in Saturday’s final—scoring Fort High’s lone goal in regulation time, then netting the shootout winner to give the black-and-gold the narrow 2-1 victory over the St. John’s-Ravenscourt Eagles (Winnipeg).
Goalie Devin Stromness proved unbeatable when it counted most as he stoned the Eagles in the shootout to help lift the Muskies to the title.
Fort Frances opened play Friday with a 2-2 tie against their NorWOSSA rivals, the Kenora Broncos.
Jamie Kaun and Brendan Cawston tallied for the Muskies while Wes Brown was between the pipes.
Donovan Cousineau then had a hat trick, including the game-winner in the third period, to give the Muskies a 6-5 win over St. John’s-Ravenscourt later Friday.
Devin Ball, Brett McMahon, and Nick Jourdain also scored for the Muskies while Stromness earned the win in net during a chippy game that saw Fort High collect 64 minutes in penalties.
Ball provided some late-game dramatics in the Muskies’ final preliminary-round game, scoring the go-ahead goal with just 17.7 seconds left in regulation in an eventual 3-1 Muskie triumph.
Chambers had opened the scoring and Cousineau added an empty-netter while Brown stood tall between the pipes.
The Muskies next will be in Morden, Man. on Nov. 13-14 for more pre-season action before opening the regular season Nov. 17 here against Kenora.