Muskies run over Rams

The Red Lake Rams were washed out by two Muskie hockey teams that were not to be denied here over the weekend.
The girls won their first game of the season with a 4-1 victory Friday night in exhibition action at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, the black-and-gold bombarded the Rams’ net with 24 shot in the middle stanza, tallying three times to turn the game in their favour.
“We’ve concentrated in practice recently on our offence and it’s paying off,” said Muskie head coach Jim McMahon.
The team got scoring from all three of its forward lines, including goals by Katie McTavish, Tara Lloyd, and Heather Dutton, along with defenceman Diana Redford.
Hannah Firth added two assists, with Kim Pacarenuk and Megan Bob sharing the win in goal.
Angie Madussi had the only marker for the Rams, who were outshot 48-16 in the game.
Meanwhile, the Muskie boys struggled for the first two periods Friday night at the Ice for Kids Arena against a gritty Rams team, leading only 4-2 after 40 minutes.
But a six-goal explosion in the third finally put the Rams away for good in a 10-3 victory in NorWOSSA play.
Steven Sus and Tanner Kaemingh led the attack with a pair of goals each. Bryan Chambers, Nathan Miller, Terry Kellar, Kurtis Wepruk, Jamie Krukoski, and Justin Larson added singles.
Derek Desserre, Dave Weese, and Darryl Madussi replied for Red Lake.
Then on Saturday afternoon, the Muskies took care of business early with Sus notching a natural hat trick, including two power-play goals, to spark a four-goal first period en route to a 7-1 win.
Mike Niskala and Kris Esselink each had a pair of goals each for the Muskies, who sit atop the NorWOSSA standings with a 7-0 record, while Sus added two assists to finish the day with five points.
Weese was the only Ram to beat goalie Jason Green in a game which featured a multitude of jaw-rattling hits on both sides.
“I saw more skates in the air than helmets,” remarked Muskie head coach Shane Bliss, who won his first two NorWOSSA games as bench boss after the abrupt resignation of Glen Edwards last Tuesday.
“Red Lake has some guys who are solid on their skates, but we’re no slouches when it comes to the physical play, either,” he noted.
Both Muskie squads host the Kenora Broncos tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., with the girls suiting up in the Ice for Kids Arena while the boys play in the ’52 Canadians Arena.
The boys’ game will be the first meeting between the two teams this year while the Muskie girls, in last place in NorWOSSA with an 0-3 record in league play, will be seeking to avenge a 9-0 whitewash at the hands of the Broncos up there Nov. 19.

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