For his first NorWOSSA regular-season game as a head coach, Jordan Sinclair couldn’t have dreamed up a much better outcome.
The Muskie boys’ hockey team got goals from eight different players as Fort High dumped the host Kenora Broncos 8-1 on Tuesday night.
“Obviously, it’s good when you can have depth scoring from a number of different guys,” noted Sinclair, who took over the helm from Jamie Davis, now an assistant coach for the team.
“I know we had the puck a lot more than we didn’t, and they say the best defence is a good offence,” he added.
“It’s always better to spend more time in the ‘fun zone’ than defending in your own.
“I think we did a pretty good job defensively and when Kenora did get opportunities, we shut the door quickly,” Sinclair lauded.
“At no point were we under any long periods of duress or sustained pressure.”
Kendyn Faragher, Brett Kenny, and James Gushulak (power play) netted first-period goals for the Muskies, who sport 10 veterans in the lineup compared to just two returning players on the Broncos.
Landon Woods scored just 59 seconds into the middle frame to ignite a four-goal outburst, with Sheldon Kelly Jr., Brent Jourdain, and Chase McGuire also tallying.
Hayden Findlay spoiled Matt Booth’s shutout bid with a power-play goal 38 seconds into the third.
Kaden Nelson then closed out the scoring with a short-handed marker.
Gushulak and McGuire each had a goal and an assist while Jourdain and Brandon Kocuiba had two helpers apiece.
“Not a lot of people know much about Brandon being this is his first year with the program, but he’s real solid,” Sinclair said of Kocuiba.
“He’s very good offensively and one of those guys who can skate his way out of trouble.
“With Brent [Jourdain], he is what he is,” Sinclair added.
“He’s moved around to the second line and the third line, and you can put him wherever you want in the lineup and not a lot is going to change with the way he plays.”
The Muskies next head to Warroad on Saturday for a series of three scrimmages against the Red River Roughriders, the Roseau Rams, and the host Warriors.
“We played against Red River last year and they smoked us 7-0 in a 40-minute running time scrimmage,” Sinclair recalled.
“It’ll be a much different test against much better competition than Tuesday was,” he warned.
“With the pace of the game they play down there, you stand around and watch, you’ll be in trouble in a hurry.”
Fort High returns to NorWOSSA play with a two-game home set against the Red Lake Rams this Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday’s game tentatively is scheduled at the ’52 Canadians Arena, with Wednesday’s slated at the Ice For Kids Arena.