Muskies bounced at OFSAA

The Muskie boys’ hockey team failed to advance to the quarterfinals of the all-Ontarios in London, losing 7-0 to the fifthseeded Our Lady of Mount Carmel Crusaders last night to finish in fourth place in Pool ‘D’ with a 1-2- 1 record.
After a tie and loss on the first day of action Wednesday, the black-and-gold faced a pair of must-win games yesterday in order to have a shot at making the playoffs.
They accomplished part of their goal—downing the 20th-seeded Fr.
John Redmond Redhawks 6-2 yesterday afternoon—but their hopes were dashed with last night’s lopsided loss to the Crusaders.
David Pierce had four goals in the Muskies’ win over the Redhawks, including one shorthanded and another on the power play.
Steven Sus and Justin Larson drew assists on Pierce’s first three goals, while Larson and Jordan Bale assisted on his last one.
Kurtis Wepruk (Josh Sigurdson/ Brian White) and Greg Flewelling (Wepruk/Jacob Esselink) netted first-period goals for the Muskies, who were seeded fourth heading into the tournament.
Rookie Cody Wood earned the win in goal.
Head coach Shane Bliss was happy with his team’s effort against the Redhawks. “We moved our feet, put pressure on them all game,” he noted.
But it was a different story last night against Mount Carmel—the two-time defending champs. Jason Green replaced Wood for the third, but by then it already was 5-0.
The Orangeville Bears and Leaside Lancers, who had tied and beaten the Muskies on Wednesday, respectively, wound up tied for first in Pool ‘D’ with six points apiece.
But the Bears were given top spot by virtue of their win over Leaside in pool play, though both teams advanced to the quarterfinals, which got underway this afternoon.