Muskie girls showing progress

Lucas Punkari

While a record of 1-4 in NorWOSSA play, not to mention a three-game losing skid, may suggest the Muskie girls’ hockey team is in a bit of a funk at the moment, head coach Scott Clendenning doesn’t see it that way.
“I wouldn’t consider it a slump at all,” he stressed. “I would say that we are just getting started.”
Clendenning has been pleased by the progress in his team’s play as of late, especially in their last league game Nov. 29.
They came out on the losing end of a 5-4 decision to host Dryden in what was a closer contest than the 6-4 win for the Eagles in the league-opener here back on Nov. 12.
“It was an entirely different game this time around, especially with our energy level,” Clendenning explained.
“Everybody was competing and battling out there, and it’s also nice to see all three lines contributing on the scoreboard.
“It was a very back-and-forth game, and in the last 12 minutes we had them on their heels but we just couldn’t get the puck in the net,” he noted.
Amy Penner, Shilo Beck, Kaily Greengrass, and Ericka Tymkin all scored for the black-and-gold, with goalie Calie Clendenning turning aside 33 shots.
Alexis Reid led the way for Eagles with a hat trick while Morgan Church and Chelsey Walske added singles.
The Muskies don’t play another league game until Dec. 18, when the Red Lake Rams come to town, but the squad will be busy over the next week with a number of contests.
Following last night’s exhibition showdown against the visiting International Falls Broncos (the outcome wasn’t known as of press time), the black-and-gold will head to Brandon tomorrow for the PCI tournament, with their first game set for Friday at 2 p.m. versus St. Norbert.
“Our main message to the girls going into that tournament will be to come out onto the ice full of energy and be ready to play hockey,” Clendenning said.
“We’ve been working really hard in practice and things are starting to come together nicely.
“This is not going to be an overnight thing,” he stressed. “It’s something that will be a progression throughout the season, and right now things are moving in a positive direction.”
After the weekend tournament, the squad then will travel to Baudette, Mn. on Tuesday night (Dec. 13), where they will be going up against the Lake of the Woods Bears.
“It’s always great to have those games against the American schools as they are always ready to come out and play,” Clendenning said.
“I’ve told the girls all season that ‘every game is a new game, and you never underestimate anybody,’ and that is something we are going to talk to the girls about leading into our game in Baudette,” he remarked.