Muskies meet new foes tonight

The Fort High Muskies are calling for lots of support as both the boys’ basketball and hockey teams continue their playoff runs tonight.
The hockey team will start at Ice For Kids arena at 4 p.m. in their first game against the Dryden Eagles in the second round.
“We’re looking forward to it, we worked hard all year long,” said hockey coach Shane Bliss. “Having made it to this point, anything less than OFSAA would be disappointing.”^The Muskies were first to Dryden’s second in league play this year, six points ahead. In four meetings, the Muskies had three wins and one tie against the Eagles.
Meanwhile, four of the top five scorers were Eagles. Ben Bartlett, who scored four goals during the Eagles series with Red Lake, lead scoring with 63 points in 33 games. The Muskies’ captain Steve Sus was sixth overall with 40 points.
“(The players) are pretty focused, they just want to get out there and play,” said Bliss.
When the Muskies are done, the Borderland Thunder will take to the ice against the KC Bulldogs.
The hockey team will play game two in Dryden with a start time set at 7:30 p.m., which is unusual for a Sunday.
“I think it’s something that’s been set up, honestly, to favour Dryden,” said Bliss.
If there needs to be a game three, the Muskies will get home early Monday morning before playing here Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, today at 5 p.m., the senior boys’ basketball team starts their best-of-three NWOSSAA playoff against the Port Arthur Collegiate Redmen from Thunder Bay.
Games two and three will ba played tomorrow at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The boys are looking to tonight’s game as their first challenge and hope to not even have to play the third game, said coach Paul Noonan.
“Hopefully, Cullan (McGinnis) and Kevin (Gemmell) can put on a scoring display for us,” he said.
Having gone to see the final game between the Redmen and the Hammarskjold Vikings, Noonan knows a little more what to expect from the team: An aggressive man-to-man defence and a balanced attack.
The two teams will match up very well, said Noonan.
Both teams played at a February tournament in Winnipeg, which the Muskies won, but never met in a game.
Port Arthur had been the twotime returning champion of the invitational.