Muskies solidify grasp on first

The Muskie boys’ hockey team improved their NorWOSSA record to 13-2-1 with a 5-3 victory over the host Kenora Broncos on Tuesday night.
With just four games left in the regular season, the black-and-gold also solidified their hold on first place—which means they would meet the fourth-place team in the first round of the playoffs.
Kurtis Wepruk opened the scoring 1:20 into the first period, assisted by Tyler Miller and Josh Sigurdson, then netted his second seven minutes later off a feed from Greg Flewelling.
The Bronco’s countered to make it 2-1, but left-winger Brian White had an unassisted tally to restore the Muskies’ two-goal lead 2.
But Kenora battled back, beating Muskie starter Jason Green with just 13 seconds left in the first, then striking in the second period to knot the game at 3-3 heading into the final 20 minutes.
It was all Fort High in the third, though, as Terry Kellar (unassisted) and Jordan Bale (from Justin Larson) iced the win.
The boys are back on the ice this weekend as they host the Sioux Lookout Warriors on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena and again Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
at the Emo Arena.
The black-and-gold then close out the regular season at home Feb. 17 against Dryden and Feb.
24 versus Kenora.
Winning three of these four remaining home games will clinch first place and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs for the Muskies.
Meanwhile, in Muskie girls’ hockey action, Fort High dropped an 8-1 decision to the host Broncos at the Keewatin arena.
Kim Pacarenuk handled a barrage of shots in the net while Grade 10 forward Courtney Caldwell struck for the lone Muskie goal.
The girls are back on the ice Friday night as they entertain St.
Thomas Aquinas (Kenora) at the Emo Arena, then face those same Saints on Saturday afternoon at the Ice for Kids Arena.