Muskies hoping to snap skid

Things will come full circle for the fourth-place Muskie boys’ hockey team tonight when they host the front-running Kenora Broncos.
A season-opening 4-1 loss in Kenora on Nov. 20 tripped the Muskies out of the gate—and they’ve struggled since en route to a 1-5 record, including a pair of losses to the Red Lake Rams here over the weekend.
But head coach Glen Edwards said the team’s improvements over the last week hopefully will pay off tonight against the Broncos, who have jumped out to a 4-1 start.
“We’re not hitting the panic button. There’s a long way to go,” said Edwards. “We need to forecheck with a little more discipline and consistency.”
Game time is 7:30 p.m. in the Ice for Kids Arena.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls’ hockey team (2-2) hits the ice against Kenora (3-0) tonight at 7:15 at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
Head coach Pat Dittaro was pleased with his team’s weekend wins over Red Lake here but knows preparations are needed to take a win from the first-place Broncos, who blanked the black-and-gold 5-0 up there Nov. 20.
“Kenora has a really tough team,” he said. “We’re working on some things and hopefully give them a good run here.”
Confidence is sky-high on the team after a pair of convincing 7-1 and 8-1 wins over the visiting Rams last Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
Dittaro added aggressiveness at both ends of the rink should produce a better result tonight.
“We need to take it to them. They took it to us that last game,” he noted. “It was our first game of the season [so] I’m sure things will be better.”
Tonight’s matches will be the last NorWOSSA action for both teams until Jan. 18 (another home date against the Broncos).
But there will be plenty to keep the teams busy as each will play three exhibition games and one tournament during that break, including the boys visiting International Falls on Friday night to wrap up their annual home-and-home showdown.