Muskie puck squads both win
They were grudge matches and probably playoff previews all rolled into one.
The Muskie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams crossed paths with their fiercest respective NorWOSSA rivals here Tuesday night, with Fort High coming out on top in what turned out to be a pair of hotly-contested match-ups.
Shelby Tymkin notched the game-winner for Fort High (14-0) on a lightning-quick shot from the slot at 8:49 of the second—four seconds after a Muskie power play had expired.
The captain not only was in the mix offensively but also physically, including a third-period melee around the Dryden net where she and Sydney Allen of the Eagles nearly came to blows.
“I actually expected that kind of play from them,” glowered Tymkin.
“It’s always quite the rivalry when we play them.
“We just have to get past them hacking us and not responding in that way,” she added.
“When we score on them is when we’re going to hurt them the most.”
Jessica Coran, Shilo Beck (short-handed), and Amy Penner also scored for the Muskies while Kate Parsons made a number of key saves to earn the win.
Martina Wintle had the lone Eagles’ marker while C.J. Jolicoeur was tagged with the loss in net.
Over at the Ice For Kids Arena, meanwhile, the Muskie boys (14-1) got the offence rolling in the second period en route to an 8-4 win over the Kenora Broncos.
Goal scorers were not available at press time.
The game got progressively rougher as it wore on, with a flurry of penalties—and some punishing legal and not-so-legal hits dished out by both sides—in the waning minutes of the third.
“They like to get chippy, that’s their game,” said Muskie assistant captain Braden Webb.
“We just have to keep our head down and not get caught up in their chintzy stickwork,” he stressed.
Derek Kaemingh earned the win in goal.
The Muskie boys, who have clinched first place, wrap up the NorWOSSA regular season tonight in Dryden.
As for the girls, they originally were slated to travel to Red Lake today to face the Rams in their NorWOSSA finale.
However, the game was postponed to a yet-to-be determined date.
The NorWOSSA playoffs for both squads begin next Tuesday (Feb. 18).