A huge challenge awaits the Muskie boys’ and girls’ hockey teams as they host the league-leading Dryden Eagles tonight.
The Eagles top the NorWOSSA boys’ standings with a 10-1 record while the last-place Muskies (1-6-1) are battling Sioux Lookout for the fourth-and-final playoff spot.
Dryden took control of NorWOSSA right from the beginning of the season, outscoring their opponents by a three-to-one margin.
But that dominance doesn’t intimidate Muskie head coach Glen Edwards.
“We believe we can beat Dryden. We can beat any team in our league when we’re at 100 percent,” he stressed.
The Muskies have shown signs of improvement over the last few weeks. They took the second-place Kenora Broncos to overtime in their last NorWOSSA outing Jan. 18, and played close in two of their three games at the SJR tournament in Winnipeg over the weekend.
The return of Muskie defenceman David Pollard (concussion) will be a game-time decision while Jordan Shannon will miss tonight nursing an illness.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls (4-4) will try to build on a pair of lopsided wins last weekend against Red Lake as they face the first-place Eagles (5-2).
The Eagles edged the black-and-gold 4-2 in their only other meeting this season.
Both games start at 7:30 p.m., with the boys playing at the Ice for Kids Arena while the girls face off at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
In related news, the second-place Broncos boys’ team (7-4-1) beat the third-place Red Lake Rams 3-1 last night.