Muskie girls improve to 3-0 record, boys to challenge Saints

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

The Muskie girls are off to a hot start in NORWOSSA play. Two lopsided wins over the Beaver Brae Broncos 10-1 in Kenora and 12-0 at home have them feeling good. The girls improved their record to 3-0 with a win over the Thomas Aquinas Saints last night in a tight game that was tied 2-2 halfway through the third period. Piper Miller scored the deciding goal and Ellayna Kabel scored into an empty net to ice the game at 4-2 after the Saints had applied pressure to try and tie it up.

The girls have also been making their presence known off the ice. Taking part in the Fort Frances Christmas parade, collecting food donations for the salvation army and ringing the bell at the Salvation Army kettle at Walmart. At their game last Friday they hosted a teddy toss accepting stuffed toys which will go to families in need this Christmas. Of the team’s off ice work coach Nicole Clarke said the team wants to give back to the community to show their appreciation for the support they get.

“Our community continues to support Muskie hockey so our team wants to be able to give back in some shape or form,” Clarke said. “We are so fortunate to have built a great community connection with the amazing people with the Salvation Army here in Fort Frances, specifically. The girls truly understand the importance of giving back to their community and love doing it.

The Muskie Boys have two wins in as many games, in league action. They have also swept the season home and home series against Beaver Brae. The first game was an 8-1 win and the second was a bit closer at 5-2. The boys will look to continue their winning ways when they play host to the Thomas Aquinas Saints on Thursday. They’ll also be hosting a teddy toss with donations earmarked for the UNFC. Warm ups start at 6:30 p.m. at ‘52 Canadians Arena and any minor hockey player can get in free if they wear their association’s jersey.