Not even the fourth-ranked high school hockey team in Minnesota provided much of a challenge for the Muskie boys’ hockey team.
The black-and-gold doubled the Baudette Bears 6-3 in exhibition action here last night to remain undefeated so far this season--both in NorWOSSA play and against U.S. teams.
The Muskies jumped out to an early lead with three goals in the first period. After Tom Rose (unassisted) had opened the scoring, Nathan Miller (assisted by Ira Ottertail and Steve Niskala) made it 2-0 less than five minutes later.
Still in the first, David Lloyd set up Donald Kellar to give the black-and-gold a three-goal cushion.
But the Bears clawed their way back into the game as Bryan Baron and Brock Anundson (both unassisted) tallied to make it 3-2 heading into the second period.
Jeff Savage scored the lone goal in the second when he broke in alone and tallied shorthanded to put the Muskies up 4-2.
Adam McTavish (assisted by Savage and Rose) made it 5-2 in the third before Anundson cut the lead to 5-3 halfway through the period.
But the Muskies iced the victory on a goal by Lorne Koski (assisted by Savage).
Head coach Glen Edwards said the team worked on their neutral zone defence during practice so they would be able to shut down Baudette.
“If we continue to do what we do best, then we will be successful,” Edwards had noted Monday.
The Muskies were coming off a dramatic 3-2 win over the International Falls Broncos over there Friday night to sweep their season series.
McTavish netted the game-winner on a breakaway with just 34 seconds left on the clock.
“It was a good game to play and a good game to watch,” remarked Edwards. “It is an intense rivalry between the two teams--all the games are like that, especially when it is close.”
Cole Hayward, assisted by Lloyd and Ross Anderson, had given the Muskies a 1-0 lead early in the first period. But the Broncos roared back to tie the game on a goal by Ross Johnson (Andrew Dault/Ben Gordon).
Still in the first, Kevin Webb (Lloyd/Hayward) put the black-and-gold up 2-1.
After a scoreless second period, Kalan Wagner (Tom Biondich) knotted the game a 2-2.
Then with overtime looming, McTavish grabbed the puck and broke in alone, netting the winning goal.
“I like the way that we rose to the occasion,” said Edwards. “The Falls was beating us to the puck in the first period but we outplayed them in the second and third period.”
He added that by the third period, the Muskies’ four lines had worn down the Broncos’ two.