They lost the wrong game at the wrong time, but it didn’t keep them from ending their weekend on a high note.
Sully Shortreed netted a hat trick to lead the Muskie boys’ hockey team to a 6-3 victory over the Dauphin Clippers yesterday to claim fifth place at the 24-team Victoria Inn High School Hockey Tournament in Brandon, Man.
Graeme Kitt added a pair of goals while Cole Allan notched up his first as a Muskie.
Dylan Ossachuk earned the win in goal.
Fort High won the tournament last year and looked to be on its way to a repeat after finishing atop Pool ‘B’ with a 2-0 record following 8-2 wins over both the Sanford Collegiate Sabres and the John Taylor Pipers (Winnipeg).
But in the quarter-finals of the “Victoria Inn Division” championship bracket, the Muskies fell 3-2 to the Vincent Massey Trojans (Winnipeg) to fall to the ‘B’ side of the draw.
Fort Frances regrouped to edge the Sturgeon Heights Huskies (Winnipeg) by a 3-2 count in overtime in the ‘B’ semi-final.
Kitt played the hero twice—first scoring the equalizer with just 31 seconds left in regulation time after the Muskies had pulled goalie Matt Booth for an extra attacker.
He then went top shelf with a backhander from in tight to win the game in overtime.
The Muskies originally were scheduled to host the Kenora Broncos this Thursday (Dec. 10) but that game has been postponed to Feb. 6.
That means the squad will have to wait one more day to resume NorWOSSA action—and try to improve on its league-leading 5-0 record—with a two-game series against the host Red Lake Rams this Friday and Saturday.
The Muskies’ next home game will be an exhibition tilt Dec. 18 against the Kittson Bearcats (Hallock, Mn.)
As for the Muskie girls’ squad, it was a weekend of somewhat satisfying results as they posted an 0-1-2 record in three exhibition games in Thunder Bay.
Fort High lost to former Muskies Amy Penner and Kaily Greengrass, along with the rest of the Confederation College Thunderhawks, by a 5-2 count on Friday.
The Muskies settled down defensively to tie the Thunder Bay Midget ‘A’ Queens 2-2 on Saturday, then capped the trip with a 1-1 draw versus the Thunder Bay Fury Midget Competitive team on Sunday.
Next up for the Muskies, who sit atop the NorWOSSA standings with a 5-0 record, is a two-game road trip that begins tomorrow in Dryden against the Eagles.
The team will stay overnight there before heading to Kenora to face the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints on Wednesday.
Their next home game is set for Dec. 16 when the Saints visit for the first of a two-game series that wraps up the following day.