Muskie girls’ win pair

Sarah Barton tripled the Red Lake Rams’ total offence over the weekend here, scoring six times in leading the Muskie girls’ hockey team to a 7-1 win Friday and 8-1 on Saturday.
The wins boosted the Muskies to 2-2 in NorWOSSA play while Red Lake dropped to 0-3.
But it was a much different story for the Muskie boys’ team, who lost both games to the Rams by scores of 3-1 and 5-1 to drop to 1-5 in league action so far this season.
The Rams improved to 3-1.
The Muskie girls jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period Saturday on goals by Tara Lloyd, Barton, and Jen Caul. Red Lake then got one back to close the gap.
But it wouldn’t last. Barton scored three more times to extend the Muskies’ lead to 6-1 lead, with Lloyd and Shannon Koval rounding out the scoring later in the third.
The Rams had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period Friday night before the Muskies rang up seven unanswered goals from Barton (two), Dana Ward, Lloyd, Carling Barton, Koval, and Stephanie Strachan.
Muskie head coach Pat Dittaro was pleased with Barton’s play but stressed the whole team was clicking last weekend.
“Sarah had a really good game,” he said. “We’re seeing they are all making their own breaks. But they’re also passing well, too.
“We finished our plays, which was nice. I’m really proud of them,” he added.
Kim Fowler and Kim Pacarenuk shared duties between the pipe in Friday’s game while Pacarenuk and Megan Bob both saw time Saturday.
In boys’ action, the Rams grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second period Friday night before Lorne Koski scored at the 4:39 to narrow the gap heading to the third.
The Muskies controlled the play for much of the third but the Ram defence turned them away at every turn.
Defenceman Darryl Madussi later pushed a weak shot towards the net from the right side which fooled Muskie goalie Mathew Gamsby, which seemed to take the wind out of the black-and-gold’s sails.
On Saturday, the Muskies had several good chances—including a minute-long 5-on-3 power play—to cut into a 3-1 deficit but couldn’t cash in.
Red Lake went on score two more goals in the third to ice the win.
Nathan Miller scored the Muskies’ lone goal while Gamsby took the loss in net.
“We lost but we’re starting to do a lot of things better,” said Muskie head coach Glen Edwards. “We’re started to the little things that are important to winning hockey games.”
Defencemen Luc Carlson (shoulder) and Tyson Dennis (knee) didn’t play on the weekend as each was nursing injuries suffered during last week’s lopsided loss in Dryden.
Edwards said their absences don’t seem to be long-term.
Both teams next will host the Kenora Broncos tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., then the boys will visit the Falls Broncos on Friday for round two of their annual exhibition battle.
The Falls won the opener 8-0 here Nov. 27.

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