Baker’s dozens were the order of choice for the Muskie girls’ hockey team over the past two days.
Five players scored at least two goals apiece, while 14 registered at least one point, in a 13-0 shutout over the Sioux Lookout Warriors yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena here.
The score matched Sunday’s effort at the Emo-La Vallee Arena in the opener of the two-game series as Fort High (4-0) ran its streak of not allowing a goal in NorWOSSA play to 187:21.
The Muskies have a chance to add to it tonight against the host Kenora Broncos.
“We wanted to start strong today,” said blueliner Avery Cates, who netted a pair of first-period markers as the Muskies jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 20 minutes.
“[Head coach Todd Hamilton] is always saying the defence is like the quarterback because we have to set up plays—that’s our job,” she noted.
Rylee Redford, Taylor Croswell, Jenna Clendenning, and Hanna LeDrew also lit the lamp twice.
Annalise Hayes, Moriah Carradice, and Janelle Kaemingh added singles.
With regular starting goalie Sydney Beck given a chance to play forward yesterday, Harleigh Brow-Rose ably handled net duties to record her second shutout in two appearances this season.
“We had a lot of good passing and we were able to work on plays from practice,” said Muskie forward Kelsey Langtry.
“We’re really on the puck well with our forechecking, which we work on a lot.”
Hamilton, meanwhile, is more pleased with his team’s attention to keeping the puck out of its own net than filling the opposing one.
“The girls are taking responsibility in their own end,” he lauded.
“While these games seem more offensive-minded, that defence is something we practise every day,” Hamilton stressed.
After tonight’s game against the Broncos, the Muskies will face three stiff challenges on a weekend road trip to Thunder Bay.
Friday’s match-up with the Confederation College Thunderhawks will see Fort High go up against two prominent Muskies from last year’s OFSAA silver-medalists in former captain Amy Penner and fellow forward Kaily Greengrass.
The Muskies then will face the Thunder Bay Midget ‘AA’ Queens on Saturday before wrapping up their visit with a Sunday showdown against the Thunder Bay Fury Midget ‘B’ squad.
After a four-game start to the NorWOSSA season that has seen Fort High outscore its opponents 46-4, Muskie defender Abby Plourde eagerly is anticipating the weekend ahead.
“It’s going to be exciting to be in these harder games to see what we can do against stronger teams,” she noted.
The Muskies’ next home action will be a two-game series against the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) on Dec. 16-17.