It was a great day if you were a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).
Not so great if you were a Muskie.
The Saints were able to draw first blood against the Muskie boys' and girls' hockey teams as they both won Game 1 of their respective best-of-three NorWOSSA final series yesterday at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Brett Riehl scored the game-winner on a power play in the third period to lift the Saints to a penalty-filled 5-4 win over the Muskie boys in the opener yesterday afternoon.
Riehl also opened the scoring in that one while Kael Spencer, Ethan Hillhorst and Jacob Kipling provided the other goals for the second-place Saints.
Reed Bodnar lit the lamp twice while Jacob Albright and Mikel Ward also replied for the first-place Muskies.
Kaden King garnered the win in goal over Darian Klem.
Game 2 is set for tomorrow night in Kenora while Game 3 (if necessary) would be played back here on Tuesday (March 10) at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
In girls' action, meanwhile, the second-place Saints rode a three-goal outburst within a few minute span in the second period to a 5-2 win over the Muskies in that series opener last night.
Marlies Ilot scored twice while Abbie Favreau, Ally Turcote and Chloe Skead also found the back of the net for the Saints.
Tatum Glowasky and Jill Calder replied in a losing cause for the Muskies.
Faith Reid earned the win in goal over Kamryn Sandelovich.
Game 2 is set for Saturday night in Kenora while Game 3 (if necessary) would be back in Fort Frances on Monday (March 9) at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.