The Muskie girls’ hockey version of “The Fantastic Four” will continue their puck adventures just across the river this fall.
Forwards Shelby Tymkin, Hailey Clendenning, Shilo Beck, and Katie Sinclair all signed with the Rainy River Community College Voyageurs yesterday, ensuring the graduating seniors will get plenty of chances to once again play in front of family and friends for the next two seasons.
“It’s very exciting and an honour to be noticed,” said Clendenning, who made the most of returning to Fort High for a so-called “victory lap” by helping the black-and-gold make its first appearance at OFSAA in the program’s nearly 15-year history.
“I’m looking forward to playing with my teammates from the Muskies and it’s great to be playing this close to my hometown,” she added.
Tymkin, who captained this past season’s Muskie squad, was grateful for the chance to carry on her hockey career.
“It’s awesome [Voyageurs’ head coach Evan Amdahl] was able to give us this opportunity to sign,” she remarked.
“He’s been interested in having us for the past two years now,” Tymkin noted.
“We would come over to play in the Falls, and he would be helping out in the penalty box and watching us play.”
Sinclair, meanwhile, expected to see a familiar face line up beside her this fall.
“Probably they will keep Shelby and I together on a line since we’re so used to playing together,” figured Sinclair, who wasn’t concerned about the upgrade in skill she’ll face at the college level.
“It will be a bit of a jump but I don’t think it will be too much,” she said.
Beck said while she won’t be too far from her old stomping grounds at the Memorial Sports Centre, she welcomes the move to the college game.
“It will be good to change it up and play for a different team,” she reasoned.
“But it’s still nice to know I’ll get a chance to still play with Shelby, Katie, and Hailey.
“I think the intensity will be good at this level and maybe, with us joining the team, we can bring the intensity up even more,” Sinclair added.
For his part, Amdahl was beaming with not only the potential offensive thrust the talented quartet will bring on the ice, but the positive spin-off that should result in the stands.
“They’ve got a proven history of being able to put the puck in the net,” noted Amdahl, whose has coached the Voyageurs to three American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II national championships.
But his squad went just 7-11-1 this past season and missed the nationals for the second-straight year.
“We hope they can help us get back up to that national tournament level and compete for a national title once again,” Amdahl said.
“It’s huge for us to have people be able to come out and see these local kids play.
“Being a two-year school, it’s kind of a revolving door around here,” he conceded.
“We get them in, get them out, and just hope to get them ready for the next level.”