This week sees both the Muskie girls' and boys' hockey teams with multiple games on their schedules.
The girls' kicked off action Monday night with an impressive 5-2 win over the Dryden Eagles at the Emo/La Vallee Community Centre.
The victory avenged a 5-4 overtime loss the Muskies had suffered at the hands of those same Eagles last Wednesday in Dryden.
Head coach Todd Hamilton was pleased with how his team responded Monday night.
“I think we came out with a little bit of jump in our step and the kids were well-prepared for the game,” he noted afterwards.
“Last week when we played Dryden, we had a four-day layoff and all of a sudden you're on the bus and you gotta play that night,” Hamilton added.
“So credit to them for coming back," he lauded. "They worked hard on Friday in practice and they played well today [Monday].”
The girls were back in action yesterday afternoon in Kenora against the host St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (the outcome wasn't known at press time), who they edged 6-5 in a spirited game here Nov. 14 to open the NorWOSSA regular season.
Their week then concludes with back-to-back games against the Sioux Lookout Warriors here this Sunday and Monday (Dec. 17-18).
Hamilton believes both the Saints and Warriors will provide a good challenge for his team, but they need to stay prepared to come out on top.
“St. Thomas is a quick little team . . . a lot like Dryden,” he noted.
“It's going to be a close race this year [in NorWOSSA play] and any team could win the league this year,” Hamilton added.
“So we have to be ready," he stressed. ”We have to be ready at the drop of the puck and we have to play three full periods.
“Tonight [Monday], we had a little lull in the second [period] but we'll work on that.”
The Muskie boys, meanwhile, are coming off a weekend tournament in Brandon, Man., where they compiled a 2-2 record.
They opened play Thursday with a 5-3 win over the Virden Golden Bears.
That was followed by 4-1 victory over the St. Paul's Crusaders (Winnipeg), which helped the Muskies claim top spot in Pool #2
But the rest of the weekend wasn't as kind as the Muskies fell 4-3 to the Sturgeon Heights Huskies on Saturday, then lost 3-1 to the Vincent Massey Trojans (Winnipeg) on Sunday.
The squad resumed NorWOSSA regular-season action last night against the host St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (the outcome wasn't known at press time).
Then the Muskies also will face the Sioux Lookout Warriors here this Sunday and Monday (Dec. 17-18).