Muskie hockey squads play well


The Muskie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams battled hard and were able to come away with respectable showings at tournaments over the weekend.
The boys’ squad team played well and nabbed a fifth-place finish at the annual Victoria Inns tourney in Brandon, Man. held Friday through Sunday.
Fort High opened tourney play on Friday afternoon with a 7-2 romp over the Neepawa Tigers.
Reed Bodnar netted a hat trick while Jacob Albright, Mikel Ward, Ashton Cousineau, and Connor Nelson also lit the lamp to pace the offence.
Jaden Cooper earned the win between the pipes.
Nolan Mann then netted the overtime winner to lift the Muskies to a 3-2 win over the Morden Thunder that evening.
Ward and Bodnar potted the other goals for the Muskies while Darian Klem nabbed the win goal.
Then on Saturday afternoon, the Muskies suffered a 6-3 loss to the Garden City Fighting Gophers.
Brady Bodnarchuk, Peyton Avis, and Ward all lit the lamp while Cooper suffered the loss in goal.
But the Muskies rebounded with a big 7-3 win over the Virden Bears that evening.
Avis, Mikel Ward (two), Albright, Kaden Kocuiba, Josh Ward, and Cousineau all tallied in that one.
Klem garned the win between the pipes.
That win put the Muskies into the fifth-place game yesterday afternoon against the Westwood Warriors, where they prevailed by a 4-2 count.
Jace Jackson scored twice while Brandon Croswell and Jaxon Gartzke also got on the board for Fort High.
Cooper earned the win in goal.
As for the Muskie girls, they played three close games but came away with an 0-3 record at the PCI Saints’ Christmas Classic tournament in Portage la Prairie, Man. over the weekend.
The black-and-gold opened play on Friday morning with a 3-2 loss to the Sanford Sabres.
Issy Taylor and Hailey Bombay tallied the goals.
The Muskies followed that up with another narrow 3-2 loss to the Sturgeon Heights Huskies that afternoon.
Paiten Kinnear and Abbie Kenny both lit the lamp in a losing cause for Fort High.
The squad then ended play on Saturday morning with a 4-3 defeat to the eventual tourney champ St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).
Tatum Glowasky scored twice while Taylor also bulged the twine.
The girls’ squad next is in action this afternoon when they host the Rainy River Community College Voyageurs in an exhibition game at 4:30 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
Then they’ll head to Kenora for the annual K-Town Classic tourney slated for this Friday through Sunday (Dec. 13-15).
As for the boys’ squad, they’ll resume NorWOSSA action this Wednesday night when they take their perfect 6-0 league record into a showdown with the host Red Lake Rams (2-4).