Monday, September 1, 2014

Muskies open with wins

Score one for the good guys—and the good girls, too.
Both Muskie hockey teams earned wins in their opening games at the OFSAA ‘AA’ championships this morning.

Playing in Sudbury, the eighth-seeded Muskie girls—making their inaugural appearance at the all-Ontarios—eked out a 1-0 victory over the ninth-ranked Ecole secondaire catholique Embrun Cyclones (Embrun).
Muskie captain Shelby Tymkin deflected Katie Sinclair’s blast past Cyclones’ goalie Shawlee Gaudreault midway through the first period for the game’s only goal.
Fort High owned the shot clock by a 38-15 margin, with Gaudreault (37 saves) the only reason the black-and-gold didn’t pad their lead.
Calie Clendenning, meanwhile, got the shutout with a 15-save performance.
“It was a great win by the girls,” enthused head coach Scott Cledenning.
“As the game went on, the girls got stronger,” he noted.
“It was a great way to start the tourney.”
The Muskie girls returned to the ice at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) today in what is a crucial game against the third-rated St. Michael’s Catholic Secondary School Warriors (Stratford).
The winner will clinch a berth in the quarter-finals tomorrow night.
Fort High concludes Pool ‘B’ action tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. (CDT) against the No. 14 Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault Flammes (Timmins).
Meanwhile, the fifth-seeded Muskie boys clobbered the severely-undermanned No. 18-ranked Timmins High and Vocational School Blues 12-1 in their first game this morning in Burlington.
Graeme Kitt paced Fort High with a hat trick while Noah Loveday and Maxwell Williams were each credited with a pair.
However, Loveday’s second goal was actually scored by Malcolm King.
As for Williams, his second tally should have been awarded to Brett Hahkala, who also netted the game’s opening goal.
Jarred Taylor (short-handed), Cole Tymkin, Tyler VanUden (power play), and Spencer Shortreed added singles.
Tymkin, Taylor, and Josh Gouin each had a pair of assists.
Derek Kaemingh got the win in goal while Michael Gresko took the loss for Timmins.
“The kids moved the puck well,” noted Muskie head coach Jamie Davis.
“It was a good game to get the nerves out,” he added.
“There will be tougher games ahead, for sure.”
Brandon St. Denis’ second-period power-play goal was the lone marker for Timmins.
The squad only had seven skaters and two goalies for the game because many of their players were unavailable due to playoff obligations to the Timmins’ Midget ‘AAA’ team.
The Muskie boys were back at it at 2 p.m. (CDT) today against the No. 15 Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy Tigers (Toronto).
Fort High then faces No. 10 La Salle Secondary School Black Knights (Kingston) tomorrow at 7:15 a.m. before finishing Pool ‘G’ play against the third-ranked Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School Wolfpack at 5 p.m. (all times CDT).
In related news, the Muskie girls’ curling team begins its OFSAA quest in Brampton tomorrow at 8 a.m. against the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School Lions (Mississauga).
Skip Hailey Beaudry and her rink of third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry then battle the Loretto Abbey Gators (Toronto) at 12:30 p.m. (all times CDT).

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