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Muskies' goalies key to early success

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It's a tale of two different weeks for the Muskie hockey teams.

On the slate this week for the girls' squad is two home games and one on the road.

First up was a game here last night against the Kenora Broncos (the outcome wasn't known at press time).

Then the team hits the road tonight to face the Sioux Lookout Warriors before ending the week with an exhibition clash here Friday night against the International Falls Broncos.

Head coach Todd Hamilton doesn't think the busy stretch will impact the team negatively.

“Three games in four days isn't uncommon,” Hamilton said in an e-mailed response to the Times.

“In tournaments, we play five games in two or three days on the road,” he noted.

“We are fortunate to have two of the three [games] at home so we'll be fine,” Hamilton added.

“We've been working on our cardio [and doing] lots of skating drills.”

The goaltending duo of Sydney Beck and Kamryn Sandelovich has been solid between the pipes so far, with both earning the win in their respective starts.

Hamilton believes those performances have been essential early in the NorWOSSA regular season.

“So far this season, Sandelovich and Beck have made the big saves when we needed them,” he remarked.

“We do need to support them in our end," he added. ”At times we have defensive lapses and we rely on both goalies to bail us out.

“We've been working on [correcting] this for a few weeks.”

The boys' team, meanwhile, has a less busy week, with just last night's home game against the Kenora Broncos (the result wasn't known at press time).

Offensively, the squad is off to a red-hot start, winning its season-opener 11-1 against the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) on Nov. 14 before following that up last Tuesday (Nov. 21) with a 9-1 romp over the visiting Broncos.

But even more impressive has been the play of goalie Darian Klem.

The lone Grade 9 player on the team has been outstanding in net so far, allowing just a single goal against in both regular-season starts.

“'Klemmer' has been very solid for us since getting the call,” head coach Jordan Sinclair noted via e-mail.

"Obviously he knows he will be carrying the load this year so he is very important to our club, but he has taken the ball and ran with it [and] has looked very comfortable.

“I'm comfortable with him in the net and you can tell the guys are in front of him, too,” Sinclair added.

The boys' team resumes action next Tuesday (Dec. 5) in Dryden against the Eagles.

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