Muskie girls’ roster features seven rookies

Staff

The Muskie girls’ hockey team has cemented its roster for the 2010-11 season.
Of the team’s 17 players, 10 are returning from last season’s squad.
Goalies Dana Cridland and Melissa Payne made it, as did defenders Danielle Jean (switching from forward) and Melanie Scott.
Lastly, forwards Taylor Dixon, Jillian Langtry, Alyssa Penner, Shae-Lynn Smith, Jessica Taggart, and Ericka Tymkin will be returning.
“We have a lot of returnees that should really help with our scoring punch,” noted coach Mel Langtry.
“We should have three really fast, competitive lines.”
In terms of newcomers, a pair of ninth-graders, forwards Shelby Tymkin and Katie Sinclair, cracked the team.
Defenders Kimberly Holt, Nicole Horn, Sydney Jones, and Shelby Rea, along with forward Hailey Clendenning, round out the squad.
“We have a lot of young kids and, hopefully, a lot of energy,” Langtry enthused.
“To make those final picks was really tough,” he admitted. “We had seven or eight really good forwards that we had to let go.
“It’s a good group coming up, and in years to come it’ll be good, too,” Langtry added.
The Muskies started practice Monday night, with Langtry saying plans for the opening ice-time were just to allow the girls to feel comfortable with each other and to let coaches get a handle on potential chemistry.
“By Wednesday, we’ll have the lines figured out and try to have something worked out,” he noted.
“We’ll find out how it looks once we have a couple practices under our belts.”
The black-and-gold will host their home tournament Oct. 22-24 before heading to Winnipeg the following week.
“I think these girls will come in and have no problem,” Langtry predicted. “With a couple games under their belt after the tournament, we should be fine.”
Fort High’s NorWOSSA foes are slated to attend the tournament here, and Langtry is excited to see what changes those teams have made.
“It’ll be nice to see them and see how they’re looking, also,” he remarked.
“We’ll be able to know what we’re up against by then.”
In other Muskie hockey news, the boys’ team has announced a tentative schedule for the coming season.
NorWOSSA home games include meetings with Dryden on Dec. 7 and Jan. 18 and against Kenora on Dec. 10 and Feb. 15.
The team still is confirming its home dates against Red Lake.
The black-and-gold will open the NorWOSSA season Nov. 23 at Dryden, but will participate in tournaments in Dryden and Morden, Man. before then.
Meanwhile, exhibition games with the International Falls Broncos are pencilled in for Jan. 4 in the Falls and then Feb. 18 here.


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