You can't take any opponent lightly and the Muskie girls' hockey team made sure not to do that over the weekend.
The Muskies downed the Sioux Lookout Warriors by a combined 26-1 in a pair of road games to improve their NorWOSSA record to 4-5-0-1.
Head coach Chris Sinclair wasn't going to put too much stock into the wins as it came against a shorthanded Warriors' squad.
“It is what it is," he reasoned. ”Sioux Lookout only has seven players and they aren't very strong to begin with.
“You add that problem of only having seven girls and it's tough to compete.”
The Muskies resumed NorWOSSA action yesterday afternoon with a road game against the Kenora Broncos, with the outcome not known as of press time.
Then they'll be in Dryden tomorrow night to face the Eagles before heading to International Falls next Monday (Jan. 21) for the finale of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series.
“If we take away little mistakes, such as taking penalties, then we'll have success,” Sinclair said.
“Getting in shooting lanes and getting the puck out of our zone, and having a third girl up high, plus not giving them odd-man rushes,” he noted.
As for the weekend wins in Sioux Lookout, Martina Woods and Tatum Glowasky each netted hat tricks to pace the Muskies to a 13-0 drubbing of the winless Warriors on Sunday afternoon.
Glowasky (two), Woods (two), Issy Taylor, Abbie Kenny, and Kianna Antonick all bulged the twine in the first period as Fort High jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
Paiten Kinnear had the lone tally of the second frame.
Woods and Glowasky then capped their hat tricks with markers in the third while the Muskies also got goals from Jill Calder (two) and Ellayna Kabel to round out the scoring.
It was much the same Saturday night as Alex Gartzke, Makenna Henttonen, Emily Kaun, and Kinnear each scored twice to pace the Muskies to a 13-1 romp over the Warriors.
Fort High jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Kathryn Fischer, Gartzke, and Taylor.
Kaun, Calder, Katrina Koomans, and Kinnear then tallied in the second to make it 7-0 after 40 minutes.
After Henttonen made it 8-0 early in the third, Sioux Lookout finally got on the board.
But Kinnear, Gartzke, Kaun, Glowasky, and Henttonen all found the back of the net later in the frame to cap the scoring.
The Muskies went into the weekend fresh off a 3-2 loss to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) on Thursday night at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).
Shai VanWalleghem opened the scoring for the Saints on a man advantage with 1:18 left in the first when she blasted a shot from the point over the shoulder of Muskie goalie Jersey Masson.
Taylor drew the Muskies even 7:21 into the second when she broke in all alone on the Saints' goal and made no mistake with a shot over the shoulder of Sarah From.
The Saints retook the lead with 6:40 left in the frame when Abbie Favreau buried a feed in front of the net from Chloe Skead.
Mariah White then put the visitors up 3-1 after she buried a feed from Natalina Reynard and Katelyn Stenlund with 3:17 to go.
After Montana Neil was ejected for hitting a Muskie player from behind, Calder made the Saints pay on the ensuing power play when she intercepted a failed clearing attempt and rifled a shot past From to trim it to 3-2 with 4:13 left in regulation time.
But that's as close as the Muskies would get as From stood tall down the stretch.
“The game against T.A., I thought we played really well,” Sinclair lauded.
“I think we need the same desperation to score that we gave in the last 10 minutes of the game throughout the whole game,” he stressed.