A chance to snap a season-long losing slump and a last-gasp run at first place make up the two storylines for today’s Muskie hockey doubleheader at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
The female Muskies (0-10) are itching to end their NorWOSSA miseries against the visiting Kenora Broncos (9-0-1), whom they pushed to the limit in Kenora on Friday night before falling by a 3-1 score.
It was the closest the Muskies had come to tripping up the undefeated Broncos, who handily won the first four meetings between the two squads this season.
Those teams square off at 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Muskie boys also will be gunning for a split of the home-and-home series when they take on the first-place Broncos at 7:30 p.m.
A four-goal blitz in the third period was the difference Friday night as Fort High (11-3) dropped a 6-1 decision to host Kenora (14-1).
The black-and-gold must win tonight to give themselves any chance of catching the Broncos for first place in NorWOSSA.
The schedule maker is on the Muskies’ side as both Kenora squads will be playing their second game in two nights after facing Dryden yesterday.
In related news, the Muskie girls’ two-game set with Sioux Lookout slated here this weekend has been cancelled, creating a scramble to fill guaranteed ice time that will see the team charged for the rental of the arena whether they use it or not.
Blueline Club spokesman Denise Miller said the possibility of moving the Muskies’ boys games this weekend against Sioux Lookout from Emo to Fort Frances was discussed, but eventually rejected because advertising already has centered around the Emo venue.
FFHS athletic director Darren Johnson said another option may be to stage an exhibition game between the female Muskies and Fort High staff members on Friday.
Further information was not available at press time today.