Muskies blowout Broncos in home opener

Heading into last night’s home opener against the Kenora Broncos, the Muskies wanted to send a message to the rest of the league.
It was a message well received.
The black-and-gold outplayed the Broncos in nearly every aspect of the game en route to a 10-3 romp before an appreciative crowd at Memorial Arena.
Eight different scorers found the twine for the Muskies, who opened up period leads of 3-0 and 6-2.
“We were concerned coming in here where our goals would come from, but, again, all four lines contributed,” said second-year head coach Glen Edwards afterwards. “We all played well in the offensive zone. We wanted to send a message to Kenora and the rest of the league that we’re going to be a team to be reckoned with.”
Veteran forward Jordan Roy, who played outstanding while scoring twice and adding a pair of assists, agreed that last night’s win was an important one to send a message, and more importantly, in order to get the team off on the right track to start the season.
“It’s really important to send a message to the other teams,” said Roy, “but it was just as important that we got the scoring from everyone and we got the job done. Not just a single line.”
The Muskies also had a big offensive night from their captain Chuck Arpin, who scored twice and added an assist, while single markers were scored by defenceman Jon Rogoza (who had to leave the game with an injury), Steve Keesic, Tyler Coyle, Ross Anderson, Ryan Armstrong, and Chris Kellar.
Edwards called Kellar the “star of the game” for his play on the forward line and when he was pressed into service on the blueline with the injury to Rogoza. The Muskies started the game with just four defenceman after James Asplund broke his left hand in practice Monday night. He’s expected to be out at least for weeks.
And while the Muskies appeared thin at the point to start the season, that defensive corps looks even weaker now with the two injuries just one game into the regular season.
Edwards said he wasn’t pleased with the amount of times his defencemen misplayed the puck in their zone and stressed that will have to change quickly as the Muskies prepare for a crucial weekend series up in Red Lake beginning this Friday.