Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Muskie squads done at OFSAA

When Ken Christiansen says he has never seen such a comeback in all his decades behind the Muskie bench, you know it was something extra special.
The fifth-seeded Muskies staged an incredible rally in their final preliminary-round game last night to make the quarter-finals.

The black-and-gold scored four goals in four minutes to erase a 4-1 third-period deficit and beat the third-ranked Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School Wolfpack (Caledon) 5-4 to take first place in Pool ‘G’ at the OFSAA ‘AA’ championships in Burlington.
But the effort may have left them spent—physically and emotionally—as they were overwhelmed 6-1 by the fourth-ranked Haliburton Highlands Secondary School Red Hawks in this morning’s quarter-final in Oakville.
The Red Hawks led 2-0 after the first on goals by Curtis Ballantyne and Tyler Barry.
Then in the second, Barry notched his second of the game before Jake Bursey and Ballantyne also tallied to make it 5-0.
That chased Muskie starting goalie Derek Kaemingh in favour of Jonah Johnson.
Ballantyne tacked on a hat-trick goal in the third before Graeme Kitt scored his
team-high fifth of the tournament to spoil the shutout bid of Red Hawks’ goalie Brayden Frost with eight seconds to play.
Facing a must-win game last night against the Wolfpack, the Muskies were tied 1-1 after the first when Jarred Taylor countered the opening goal of the game by Nicholas Pirraglia.
Robert F. Hall notched a pair in the second, with Pirraglia getting his second followed by Brayden Davis’ marker.
Alex Currie looked to have put the game out of reach with his goal at 3:19 of the third—making it a three-goal lead for a Wolfpack team which hadn’t lost a game all season.
But showing undying spirit, the Muskies refused to surrender, with Cole Tymkin scoring 53 seconds later to make it 4-2.
Tyler VanUden then notched back-to-back power-play goals at 6:05 and 7:18 to tie the game.
With the Wolfpack in retreat, Muskie captain Carter Brown finished off the spectacular effort with a point blast at 8:42—making it four goals in a span of four-and-a-half minutes.
Kaemingh got the win in goal while Malcolm Young took the loss.
Meanwhile, the historic march of the eighth-ranked Muskie girls’ hockey team at its first OFSAA appearance ended with a 6-1 quarter-final loss last night in Sudbury at the hands of the top-seeded St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School Titans (Belleville).
Fort High trailed 2-0 after the first and 4-0 after the second against the 2012 OFSAA champs before Claire Sandelovich got the Muskies on the board with 2:30 left.
A pair of empty-netters by the Titans capped the scoring and closed the book on what was an unprecedented season for the black-and-gold, who finished NorWOSSA play with a perfect 19-0 record through the regular season and playoffs.
The Muskies advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-1 victory over the No. 14 Ecole secondaire catholique Theriault Flammes (Timmins) yesterday afternoon.
Down 1-0 after the first, the black-and-gold scored four times in the second and twice more in the third to finish second in Pool ‘B’ with a 2-1 record.
Amy Penner, Katie Sinclair, Sandelovich, Shelby Tymkin, Kaily Greengrass, and Jessica Coran were the goal scorers.
It’s been less than a smooth ride for the Muskie girls’ curling team in Brampton after they fell to 0-3 in Pool ‘A’ with a 9-6 loss to the Medway High School Cowboys (Arva) this morning.
Fort High officially was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
The rink of skip Hailey Beaudry, third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry followed up their opening 10-9 loss to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Lions (Mississauga) yesterday morning with an 8-1 loss in six ends to the Loretto Abbey Gators (Toronto).
The Muskies faced the Richview Collegiate Institute Saints (Etobicoke) in their final preliminary-round game late this morning, with the game still in progress at press time.

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