The Kenora Broncos boys’ and girls’ hockey teams left town last night with the same number of goals they had when they arrived earlier in the day after suffering back-to-back shutouts at the hands of the Muskies.
First up was a 14-0 shellacking by the Muskie girls (9-1), which moved Fort High three points up on second-place Dryden (7-2-0-1) after the Eagles were shocked 3-0 at home Wednesday by the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints.
The Broncos held the Muskies in check until Abby Plourde’s bullet from the point deflected off defender Leah Arch and past goalie Brianna Aarrestad four minutes into the first period.
“Getting that power-play goal kind of slowed the game down a bit,” noted Muskie forward Siobhan Mackintosh, who had two goals and an assist in the third period even after losing a chunk of her skate blade midway through the second.
“We got better at seeing where the ice was open and used each other more to make better plays,” she added.
The Muskies poured in the goals after that.
Janelle Kaemingh (shorthanded), Rachel Jean, Jenna Clendenning, and Annalise Hayes all scored before the period was out to make it 5-0.
The Muskies then added six goals in the second.
Kaemingh, Jean, and Plourde each collected their second goals, followed by Moriah Carradice, Hayes with her second, and Sam McKinnon with a highlight-reel end-to-end rush.
Mackintosh sandwiched her two tallies around her set-up of Rylee Redford in the third to cap the onslaught.
Sydney Beck had to make just three saves, including two in succession by the same Broncos’ player, to earn the shutout.
The second half of the doubleheader saw the Muskie boys (9-0) jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.
They added one goal in the second before connecting twice more in the third to cap a 6-0 win.
“It wasn’t our best game,” admitted Muskie forward Cooper Witherspoon.
“We should have done a lot better when it came to controlling the puck more and doing better in our own zone,” he noted.
Chase McGuire scored twice, with Max Williams, Nick Hahkala, Sam Tibbs, and Jon Busch adding singles.
Graeme Kitt had five assists for the Muskies, which went 2-for-4 on the power play.
Dylan Ossachuk recorded the shutout, getting some crucial help from defenceman Mike Drouin, who saved a sure goal by sweeping a puck
heading for the empty cage just in time.
Assistant coach Jordan Sinclair ran the bench last night with head coach Jamie Davis (personal) unavailable for the game.
Both Muskie teams now will get some extended time off due to exam week.
Next up for the Muskie boys will be the John Piper Classic on Jan. 21-24 in Winnipeg.
Their next home action is slated for Jan. 30-31, when the Thunder Bay Minor Midget ‘AAA’ Kings come to town for a three-game exhibition series.
As for the Muskie girls, their next game will be their annual “Border Battle” against International Falls on Jan. 26 at Bronco Arena.