Friday, July 31, 2015

Muskie hockey teams keep in game shape

If everything still was going according to plan for the Muskie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams, they would be using most of their holiday break to gear up for the second half of the NorWOSSA season.
Instead, both squads are stuck in limbo as all games scheduled until Jan. 14 have been cancelled due to job action by Ontario high school teachers in protest of Bill 115.

“Right now we’re just waiting to see if an agreement will be reached by Dec. 31 and if the teachers will sign a new contract,” said Muskie boys’ forward Tyler Mosbeck.
“But if that doesn’t happen, we really don’t know what will happen next,” he conceded.
As the waiting game continues, both squads are making sure they aren’t falling out of game shape—still taking to the ice three times a week.
“Besides our ice time, we’re also getting our running and gym times just stay in shape,” noted Muskie girls’ hockey forward Katie Sinclair.
“With our practice time, we’re just trying to do as much as we can, especially with our skating, as we don’t want to be sitting in the doghouse in case the league starts up again,” added Mosbeck.
As well, the two teams played in a friendly scrimmage last Wednesday at the Ice For Kids Arena, where they were joined by family members and former Muskie players.
“It was a fun time and it’s good to play not only with your teammates but against the girls, as well,” Sinclair explained.
“We’ve had some new talent out here with us this year, so it’s been nice to see them out here and see how they’ve improved,” Mosbeck added.
“And I’ve also noticed that the a lot of the ‘old-timers’ still got it,” he joked.
The Muskie boys last took to the ice for a league game Dec. 6 in Dryden, where edged the Eagles 4-3 to remain unbeaten in NorWOSSA play.
“We went in there working hard and we kept on pushing, and we got a couple of quick goals as a result of that,” Mosbeck recalled.
“We’re 5-0 in league play, and that’s a good thing for us right now as that means we will have home ice for the playoffs if we get started back again soon,” he added.
While the Muskie girls haven’t played an official game since capturing the PCI Saints Christmas Classic in Portage la Prairie on Dec. 8, the team did participate in the K-Town Classic U19 tournament in Kenora on Dec. 14-16 as the “Northwest Warriors,” where they lost in the final to the host squad.
“I felt like we played really good there,” Sinclair said.
“We came up short in the last game against Kenora,” she conceded. “But if we had a few more minutes, I think we would have got that goal that we needed.”

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