Muskie girls claim ‘Classic’ crown


The Muskie girls’ hockey team compiled a perfect 4-0 record en route to snaring the title at the annual K-Town Classic tournament hosted by the Kenora Broncos over the weekend.
Fort High opened play on Friday afternoon with a 6-0 romp over the host Broncos.
Issy Taylor and Piper cross both scored twice while Hailey Bombay and Tatum Glowasky also bulged the twine.
Jersey Masson was perfect in net to nab the shutout.
Then later that day, the Muskies grinded out a hard-fought 1-0 shootout win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).
After a five-minute overtime solved nothing, Glowasky potted the only goal in the shootout.
Kamryn Sandelovich was stellar and turned aside every shot and each shooter she faced to preserve the win for the Muskies.
The Muskies’ first game of the tournament against the Saints counted towards the NorWOSSA standings, which improved their record to 3-1.
The Muskies then faced the Oak Park Raiders (Winnipeg) in the crossover semifinals on Saturday, where they again came out on top with a decisive 6-1 win.
Glowasky and captain Jill Calder both lit the lamp twice while Abbie Kenny and Kianna Antonick also found the back of the net.
Masson was solid in nabbing the win between the pipes.
That win put the black-and-gold into the championship game that afternoon, where they had a rematch against the Saints.
But there would be no redemption for St. Thomas Aquinas as the Muskies pulled out another thrilling 3-2 shootout win.
Glowasky again tallied the winner while Sandelovich stoned each of the Saints’ shooters to earn the title.
Taylor and Paiten Kinnear scored the goals for Fort High in regulation time.
As for the Muskie boys, they did battle with the Thunder Bay Kings in another three-game exhibition series over the weekend.
Only this time, each of the games were played at the Fort William First Nation Arena.
The Muskies opened play on Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 loss.
Brady Bodnarchuk scored the lone goal while Darian Klem suffered the loss between the pipes.
But Fort High rebounded with a big 2-1 win that evening to knot the series at a game apiece.
Jace Jackson and Reed Bodnar both bulged the twine while Jaden Cooper garnered the win in goal.
But despite a great effort, the Muskies lost 5-4 in overtime in the series finale on Sunday morning to drop the series 2-1.
Bodnar netted a hat trick in that one while Bodnarchuk also lit the lamp for the Muskies. Klem suffered the loss.
The Muskie girls next are in action tonight when they battle the Borderland Chiefs in an exhibition game at 8 p.m. at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).
Both teams then will resume NorWOSSA action tomorrow when they head to Sioux Lookout to take on the Warriors for the first time this season.