The Muskie boys’ hockey team will look to even their NorWOSSA record tonight—and earn a share of second place—when they battle the Eagles in Dryden.
The black-and-gold currently sits in fourth place in the standings with a 1-2 record. Dryden is second entering action with a 2-1 mark.
The Kenora Broncos sit atop the standings at 3-1, with Red Lake (1-1) in third place. Sioux Lookout (1-3) is in the cellar.
Coming off a 7-4 comeback win over Chisholm in exhibition action here last Friday, Muskie head coach Glen Edwards is looking for his team to continue the momentum.
“I think we’ll compete very well against Dryden,” he said. “We’re going up there to win the game and take two points from them. I think our game is improving.”
Offensively, the Muskies have been night-and-day so far this young season. One night they get stifled by the last-place Warriors to the next when they score in bunches against Chisholm.
In NorWOSSA play, the team has shown a balanced attack with Jordan Wilson and Andrew George leading with the way with two goals apiece.
In net, Edwards has been switching between grade 12 student John Zub and 10th-grader Matthew Gamsby.
“Once we get going, I’ll be going with one goalie—and that’s whoever plays best,” he said.
Gamsby will get the start tonight.
The Eagles, who finished second to the Muskies last season, largely have remained intact, only losing three player to the Ice Dogs of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.
“We’re generally young but we have a good core coming back,” Eagles head coach Darryl Mousseau said.
In related news, the Muskie girls’ hockey team also will visit Dryden tonight. The team sports an 0-1 NorWOSSA record but it hasn’t played since Nov. 20.
Both teams return home for a pair of games against the Red Lake Rams this Friday and Saturday.