The Muskie girls’ and boys’ hockey teams advanced to their respective NorWOSSA finals after sweeping their best-of-three semi-final series over the weekend in Sioux Lookout.
Annalise Hayes notched a hat trick as the girls cruised to a 13-0 rout Friday night.
“The kids were ready to play and came to life on the road,” said Muskie head coach Todd Hamilton.
“They were going from the drop of the puck to the end and that’s something we hope to build on,” he added.
Captain Rachel Jean, Taylor Croswell, and Janelle Kaemingh each scored twice while Kelsey Langtry, Siobhan Mackintosh, Lauren Vold, and Emma Noga added singles.
Muskie goalie Sydney Beck played the first two periods before handing the reins to Harleigh Brow-Rose, who shared a shutout for the first time this season.
The Muskies now will look for a “three”-peat when they host the Dryden Eagles in Game 1 of the best-of-three NorWOSSA final Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
Game 2 goes Friday in Dryden, with Game 3 (if necessary) back here Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Fort High has won the past two finals against Dryden, which swept the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in their semi-final series.
The Muskies beat the Eagles three out of four times in the regular season and once in the pre-season, with all the games but the pre-season one decided by just a goal.
The winner advances to the OFSAA ‘A’/AA’ girls’ provincial championship March 8-10 in Stratford.
Meanwhile, the Muskie boys again survived with just four healthy defencemen to eliminate the host Warriors with a 6-2 victory Saturday night.
After winning the opener 5-0 here Friday, Fort High found itself in a 2-2 tie after 20 minutes before scoring four unanswered goals over the final two periods.
Graeme Kitt, Cam Gushulak, Jake Clendenning, Sully Shortreed, Kendyn Faragher, and Colton Bodnar were the goal scorers.
Kendal Schultz had both goals for the Warriors.
Matt Booth earned the win between the pipes.
The Muskies now will face the Kenora Broncos in the best-of-three NorWOSSA final, which gets underway Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Game 2 goes Saturday in Kenora, with Game 3 (if necessary) back here next Monday (Feb. 29) at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Fort High—gunning for a ninth-straight NorWOSSA crown—took all three regular-season games against the Broncos by outscoring Kenora 21-3.
The winner advances to the OFSAA ‘A’/’AA’ boys’ provincial showdown March 7-10 in Ottawa.