Bring on the Broncos!
Although the outcome wasn’t known as of press time, the Muskie girls’ hockey team headed into the opener of their best-of-three NorWOSSA semi-final series against the Kenora Broncos last night at the Ice For Kids Arena at the top of their game.
It also was “Senior Night” for the graduating Muskie players.
Fort High (14-1-1) capped regular-season play last Tuesday (Feb. 13) with an 18-1 rout of the host Sioux Lookout Warriors in a make-up game for one that was postponed back on Feb. 11.
Kelsey Langtry scored twice and added four helpers while captain Annalise (C.C.) Hayes netted a hat trick to pace the Muskies’ offence.
Avery Cates also netted a pair and had two helpers, with Jenna Clendenning and Siobhan Mackintosh each scoring twice and adding an assist.
Kamryn Sandelovich started in goal for the Muskies before giving way to Carly McKinnon after the first period.
“The players realized it was the last game of the season, and they worked hard and played well,” noted head coach Todd Hamilton.
The win set the stage for the semi-final series against the Broncos (3-12-0-1), who wound up finishing in fourth place after edging the Warriors 2-1 last Thursday.
Fort High swept the four-game regular-season series between the two squads, outscoring Kenora 65-3 in the process.
But Hamilton believes the Broncos are a relentless squad and could steal some wins if the Muskies take them lightly.
“Kenora works very hard and cannot be underestimated, especially for [the] playoffs,” he warned.
“Their goalie had some great games and we need to be aware of that.
“Goaltending can win playoff games,” Hamilton stressed.
Still, Hamilton has liked how his squad has improved over the course of the season and is looking forward to what the playoffs have in store.
“They’ve developed as individuals and as a team, and now it’s really up to them to play their best,” he remarked.
In his opinion, what is the best part about playoff hockey?
“It’s great to play for the opportunity to advance,” Hamilton enthused.
Game 2 of the semi-final is set for Friday in Kenora.
Game 3, if necessary, will be played back here on Sunday (Feb. 25).