The Muskie boys’ hockey team had a bit of a rough start in its annual border battle against the International Falls Broncos there Friday night but finished strong for a 4-1 victory.
“I thought we didn’t start the game very well and they kind of took it to us,” head coach Jordan Sinclair admitted.
“But in the second and third [periods], we started skating and forechecking, creating turnovers, and started to slowly take over the game,” he noted.
Sinclair cited consistency as key to improving their performance on the ice.
“What we would like to see from our guys is a more consistent effort throughout the entire game,” he remarked.
He also would like to see his team play at a higher level and make other teams meet them there.
“We’re not [going to] get by with just being good enough,” he stressed.
The Muskies opened the scoring 12 minutes into the firs period but the Broncos quickly tied it two minutes later.
After a scoreless second period, the Muskies tallied three times in the third to seal the win.
The Muskies totalled 34 shots while the Broncos had 35.
The black-and-gold currently sport a 5-2 record in NorWOSSA play so far.
“The first part of the season overall has gone okay,” Sinclair said.
“I think we still have a lot of room for improvement but have made positive strides so far,” he noted.
“No doubt in getting better.”
Having battled injuries so far this season, Sinclair said it’s really important to get all the players back to 100 percent and ready to play.
“We have been banged up all season and [it] has made things a lot tougher on us,” he conceded.
“[We’re] always having a short roster so getting some regular players back will help solidify our lineup.”
The team, meanwhile, will take just a short break over the holidays before hitting the ice again.
“We get [back] to practices right after Christmas and then head to Winnipeg for a weekend in the New Year to play a few of the top teams there in Sturgeon Heights and Vincent Massey,” noted Sinclair.
“Those will be really strong tests for us,” he said.