The Muskies head into Sioux Lookout for a pair of games this weekend against a team they’re sharing the NorWOSSA basement with.
But if the black-and-gold are hoping to win at least one of those games, they’re going to have to avoid the big thing that tripped them up in Monday’s 7-3 loss at Kenora.
Penalties. Lots of them.
“Penalties killed us," head coach Glen Edwards stressed. ”We spent the whole second period in the penalty box.
“We had things going for us in the second period and then penalties just destroyed us,” he added, a hint of frustration in his voice.
What upsets Edwards most is that too many of those penalties were of the undisciplined variety.
“I don’t mind penalties with kids playing with energy and toughness out there. But some of the stuff we got out there [Monday] night was just uncalled for,” he said.
The Broncos capitalized on the Muskies’ undisciplined play, scoring three power-play goals—including two in the second period that staked them out to a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
After a scoreless first, which saw Kenora outshoot the Muskies 10-6, David Lloyd opening the scoring at the 5:20 mark of the second, assisted by Brad Gushulak and Shane Beazley.
But Travis Hodges, Andrew Hoffmeister and Brent Chagnon replied with three straight goals for the Broncos later in the second frame.
Still, it could have been worse if not for the solid goaltending of Adrian Indian, who made several big saves to keep the Muskies in the game.
And the Fort stayed close to start the third. Aaron Grynol scored on a nice individual effort six minutes in to make it 3-2. Then after Brian Clemmens put Kenora back up by two, Lloyd netted his second of the night to cut the Bronco lead to 4-3.
But then the roof caved in on the Muskies as Hodges, Hoffmeister and Kurt Casey all found the twine behind Indian to seal the victory, which left Kenora alone in third place behind Dryden (6-0) and Red Lake (5-2).
Meanwhile, heading into this weekend’s big showdown in Sioux Lookout, Edwards hinted it may become time to start sending his team a message that all players can relate to—time on the bench.
“We have to take stock of who’s playing well and who’s not playing well,” he stressed.
“Basically it’s going to come down to those kids working hard, that are doing what we are telling them to do, that are going to play in Sioux Lookout,” he warned.