The Muskie boys’ hockey team saw a potential win turn into a heartbreaker here Friday night as they lost 3-2 in overtime to the visiting Kenora Broncos.
The boys (1-6-1) missed a chance to gain on the fourth-place Sioux Lookout Warriors, who hold a one-point advantage over the Muskies in the race for the fourth and final NorWOSSA playoff spot.
The Warriors lost 9-3 to the Dryden Eagles on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls’ hockey team continued their dominance over the Red Lake Rams with a pair of convincing wins there over the weekend—11-1 and 9-2—to even their NorWOSSA record at 4-4.
Against Kenora, Nathan Miller gave the Muskies a 2-1 lead with about eight minutes to play when he flipped a rebound past the sprawling Bronco goalie.
But the Broncos struck back with just over two minutes to go as Chase Peloquin came off the boards to wrist one past a fooled Muskie goalie Mathew Gamsby.
Then they completed the rally with under two minutes to go in overtime as Dave Defeo blasted a point shot that found its way through a screened Gamsby.
“You’re always happy when you go on the road and get a road win,” said Broncos head coach Brian Kozak, whose second-place squad improved to 6-4-1 in NorWOSSA play.
Muskie head coach Glen Edwards was pleased with the effort his team gave.
“We were playing hard. Both teams battled tonight. We had our chances and they had their chances,” he remarked. “It just didn’t work out for us.”
Travis Redsky opened the scoring for the Broncos three minutes into the game. Muskie forward Kurtis Wepruk tied the game at 9:40 on a successful wraparound.
After completion of exams this week, the Muskies will head to Winnipeg for a tournament Thursday before hosting first-place Dryden (10-1) next Tuesday (Jan. 29).
Up in Red Lake, Muskie captain Jen Caul netted six goals to spark the team Friday night, with Sarah Barton adding four and Kristen Roehrig one.
Barton was the offensive sparkplug Saturday with five goals while Caul netted a pair. Roehrig and Ashleigh Dutton added singles.
Megan Bob and Kim Pacarenuk each got a win in goal.
The girls’ next will host the Eagles next Tuesday.