The event’s namesake would have been proud.
It was an emotionally-charged weekend for the Muskie girls’ hockey team as it skated its way to a 3-1 record at the inaugural Scott Clendenning Memorial Showcase over the weekend at the Ice for Kids Arena.
“This weekend definitely meant a lot to me,” said Muskie forward Jenna Clendenning.
The event, which used to be the Muskies’ annual pre-season home tournament, was renamed and reformatted this year in honour of Clendenning’s father and the former head coach of the Muskies who passed away suddenly back in March.
“It showed how everyone wanted to come together to support his memory,” she noted.
Fort High fell 3-2 to the Thunder Bay Midget ‘A’ Queens in its opening game of the showcase Friday.
But the black-and-gold got back on track Saturday by routing the Kenora Broncos 12-0 and then doubling the Dryden Eagle 4-2.
“Winning that game [versus Dryden] really sets the tone for the season,” said Muskie assistant captain Sam McKinnon, who scored twice against the Eagles.
“Now we know we can beat them and if we play our best, we can beat them by a lot,” she added.
The Muskies then closed out play with a 12-2 romp over the Sioux Lookout Warriors on Sunday.
“As the weekend went on, I think we got better,” said McKinnon.
“We used each game as an opportunity to improve and find out what worked best for us as a team,” she noted.
The Muskies return to action Nov. 13-14 with a two-game exhibition series against the Duluth-Marshall Hilltoppers in Duluth.
Their next home game is an exhibition tilt against the Woodbury (Mn.) Royals set for Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.