OFSAA gold for Muskies

Jamie Mountain

Talk about going out with a bang.
The Muskie boys’ curling rink, comprised of Grade 12 players Chris Silver, Jason Bazylewski, and Daniel Vandenbrand, along with Owen Riches and Ben Olson, won OFSAA gold with a 6-3 win over Widdifield (North Bay) in Saturday afternoon’s boys’ final at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
The black-and-gold also had beaten Widdifield on Thursday morning in Pool ‘C’ play before capping the day with a thrilling 7-6 comeback win over Timiskaming District SS.
The Muskies then cruised to a 8-3 win over Vincent Massey HS on Friday to finish pool play with a 4-1 record and advance to the quarter-finals that evening.
Fort High downed Silverthorn CI 6-2 in the quarter-finals to advance to Saturday morning’s semi-final.
The squad then defeated Aldershot 7-3 to advance to the gold-medal final that afternoon.
In girls’ action, the Muskies fell short of a bronze medal with a 7-5 loss to Timiskaming District SS on Saturday afternoon.
The squad was edged 7-6 by All Saints HS on Thursday morning before responding by doubling A.N. Myer SS 6-3 that night.
Then the Muskies downed Vincent Massey 9-5 on Friday afternoon to finish Pool ‘F’ play with a 4-1 record to earn a spot in the quarter-finals, which featured an all-district battle between Fort High and the Rainy River Owls.
The black-and-gold prevailed 7-3 to advance to the semi-finals Saturday morning while the Owls were eliminated with the loss.
Saturday morning’s semi-final saw the Muskies drop a tough 7-5 decision to Lockerby before losing in the bronze-medal game.
The Rainy River Owls finished Pool ‘E’ play with a 4-1 record overall.
The squad cruised to a 8-3 romp over Bill Crothers SS on Thursday afternoon but ended pool play with a 7-3 loss to Bishop Allen Academy on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Atikokan Voyageurs’ boys’ rink failed to advance past Pool ‘A’ play as they finished with a 1-4 record.
Atikokan cruised to an 11-4 romp over Crestwood Preparatory College on Thursday afternoon before being defeated 6-2 by Eastview SS that night.
The squad then saw their OFSAA experience come to an end with a 6-2 loss to Brooklin HS on Friday morning.