Thursday, December 18, 2014

Muskie boys fall in quarter-finals

The Muskie boys’ hockey team stared the king of the mountain in the face and blinked—just barely.
The St. Paul’s Crusaders (Winnipeg) hung on for a 3-2 win Friday in the quarter-finals of the fifth-annual Boston Pizza Piper Classic Tournament of Champions in Winnipeg.

St. Paul’s, the defending champs and winner in four of the tournament’s five-year existence in its most recent incarnation, survived a disallowed goal against the Muskies with five minutes left and a Tyler VanUden chance with two minutes to go that rang off the crossbar.
“We played well considering the two teams we lost to ended up in the final,” Muskie head coach Jamie Davis said about the Crusaders and the runner-up St. John’s-Ravenscourt Eagles, who had topped the Muskies 3-2 in Pool ‘C’ action on Thursday.
“It’s not like any of the teams there we couldn’t have beat,” Davis added. “It’s just the little mistakes that are hurting us right now.
“But it’ll come around.”
Josh Gouin and Jarred Taylor scored against St. Paul’s, which went on to beat St. John’s-Ravenscourt 4-1 in the final.
Jonah Johnson took the loss in goal.
Goal scorers for the Crusaders were not available at press time.
The Muskies went 2-1 during the preliminary round to finish second in Pool ‘C.’
Forward Malcolm King was the only Muskie unavailable for duty as he’s still recovering from a shoulder injury that has seen him in and out of the lineup this season.
Fort High next hosts the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in NorWOSSA action tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Muskie girls, meanwhile, also hit the ice tomorrow whey they host the Lake of the Woods Bears (Baudette) in exhibition play at 7 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
Then they’ll face St. Thomas Aquinas in NorWOSSA action Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

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