Muskie boys win twice, clinch first-place

The Muskies boys earned a pair of convincing wins over the Red Lake Rams last weekend to claim top spot in NorWOSSA for the second-consecutive season.
Backstopped by David Moen on Saturday afternoon and Justin Pryde on Friday night, the Muskies gave up just three goals, while pumping 16 past shell-shocked Red Lake netminder Stephane Gagnon.
On Saturday afternoon, Gagnon held the Muskies off the score sheet until the 14-minute mark of the second period.
With the Rams leading 1-0 courtesy of a power goal from Layne Daley, the Muskies replied with a power play marker of their own by Kevin Bobczynski to knot the game at 1 after two periods.
It was all Muskies in the third, as the black and gold pumped 10 goals to complete an 11-2 victory. Goal scorers in the third were; George Halverson with three, Matt McLellan and Riley Caul with two each, and Jorgenson, Witherspoon and Kevin Bobczynski (his second of the game) with one a piece.
On Friday night, the Muskies lit up the shot clock in all three periods, squeezing three goals past Gagnon in the first frame, one in the second and one in the third for a 5-1 win.
Leading the Muskies on that night was Kevin Bobczynski with a pair of goals and Zach McCool, Ryan Witherspoon and George Halverson with singles. Assists went to Taylor Jorgenson and Mike McCaig with 2, Matt Beck and Zach McCool with one each.
The two game series win clinched first place for the Muskies, who now sport a 10-1 record with 1 game left on their league schedule, in Kenora tomorrow night.
The Dryden Eagles sit right behind the Muskies, but with three losses on their record, can finish no higher than second.
Although the final playoff seedings have not been established, it’s likely the Kenora Broncos who are third in league play will face the second-place Eagles, while the fourth-place Rams will travel back to Fort Frances on Friday, Feb. 22 to start the best of three NorWOSSA semi-final series.
On the girls’ side, the Muskies play host to the Eagles tomorrow night at Ice For Kids Arena at 7:15 p.m. The Muskie girls sit first in NorWOSSA play with a 6-3-0-1 record, with the Eagles and Broncos right behind at 5-5-0-1.
A Dryden victory tomorrow night and a Muskie loss in Kenora on Friday night could produce a very interesting three team tie for first place at 6-5-0-1. However, should the Muskies garner even a single point in the remaining two league games, they would clinch first place.