Muskies sweep

The Muskie boys’ hockey team can cross another item off the list of goals they set for themselves prior to the season.
The black-and-gold won 3-2 in a double overtime marathon against the host Dryden Eagles yesterday to sweep the best-of-three NorWOSSA final and earn a trip to the all-Ontarios later this month.
Late-season addition Kevin Bobczynski scored the biggest goal of the season after he forced a turnover at the Eagles’ blueline, stepped into the high slot, and wired a shot that beat Dryden goalie Curtis Lambkin five-hole.
Bobczynski’s dramatic marker salvaged what had the potential to be a series’ altering loss.
The Muskies held a 2-0 lead—courtesy of goals by Mike McCaig and Bobczynski—with just under 14 minutes to go in regulation time when the Eagles mounted an improbable comeback.
Dryden forward Shawn DeGagne got the Eagles on the board thanks to a miscue between Muskie goalie David Moen and defenceman Dustin Brown.
Moen turned aside DeGagne’s initial drive but the rebound accidentally was kicked into the net by a hustling Brown.
The Eagles then tied the game when DeGagne got the puck to Matt Bartlett, who was streaking down the left wing. The Dryden forward gained the Muskie zone and launched a blast that went off the far post and in.
Neither team could break the deadlock before the end of the period and it was off to sudden-death overtime.
Momentum swung back in the favour of the Muskies in the first extra session as the black-and-gold were relentless in peppering the Eagles’ net with shots.
But Lambkin single-handedly kept the Eagles in the game—making several big stops to force a second extra session.
The Eagles managed to generate some offence of their own to start the second sudden-death overtime period but Moen stood tall, making several key saves of his own.
The timely goaltending seemed to spark the Muskies and Bobczynski finally put an end to the marathon game with his game-winning drive just past the midway point of the second overtime.
The Muskies took the series opener 4-2 on Friday night at the Ice for Kids Arena here.
Zach McCool led the charge for the black-and-gold, netting a pair of markers, while Bobczynski and Muskie captain Ryan Witherspoon also scored.
Moen earned the win between the pipes.

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