Muskie girls split road action

Joey Payeur

Attention to detail—and to defence—paid dividends for the Muskie girls’ hockey team over the weekend.
The black-and-gold went 2-2 in four exhibition games in Thunder Bay against teams of various competitive levels.
Fort High fell 6-1 to the Confederation College Thunderhawks on Friday, with former Muskie captain Amy Penner burning her old team for a pair of goals.
“We started strong in the first . . . but they capitalized on every mistake we made in the second,” noted Muskie head coach Todd Hamilton.
Emma Noga netted the lone marker for the Muskies, who then fell 2-1 to the Thunder Bay Minor Midget ‘AA’ Queens on Saturday.
Annalise Hayes scored for Fort High, which began turning its weekend around by downing the ‘A’ Queens 3-1 later Saturday.
“The ‘AA’ and ‘A’ teams are very similar and play the same style,” noted Hamilton.
“I didn’t see a marked difference in the two teams.”
Goal scorers were unavailable for that game.
The Muskies then wrapped up their visit yesterday with a 1-0 win over the Lakehead University Thunderwolves.
Avery Cates tallied midway through the third period while Sydney Beck, who battled a ’flu bug all weekend, earned the shutout.
“We told them to forecheck when they could, but don’t give up anything in the neutral zone,” said Hamilton.
The Muskies, who sit atop the NorWOSSA standings with an 8-1 record, will resume league play this Thursday when they host the Kenora Broncos at 4:45 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
Meanwhile, the Muskie boys’ hockey team swept a pair of exhibition games in Winnipeg over the weekend.
They opened with a 4-3 win over the St. Paul Crusaders #1 squad on Friday.
Max Williams scored twice while Chase McGuire (power play) and Graeme Kitt added singles.
Dylan Ossachuk earned the win between the pipes.
Then on Saturday, Fort High posted an identical 4-3 victory over St. Paul’s #2.
Sully Shortreed netted a pair of power-play goals in that one, with Kitt and Cam Gushulak notching a goal apiece.
Matt Booth got the win in goal.
The Muskie boys next will take their 8-0 NorWOSSA record into battle this Thursday against the Kenora Broncos.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.