Todd Hamilton not only gave his regular starting goalie the night off, he gave himself one, too.
Hamilton turned the reins over to assistant coach and teacher rep Tressa Galusha, who earned her first win behind the bench in leading the Muskie girls’ hockey team to a 15-0 rout over the host Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action last night.
“Tressa is really interested in coaching and I want to help her any way that I can,” noted Hamilton, who limited his duties to opening and closing the gate on the far end of the bench.
“I can see a future where . . . Muskie girls’ hockey is led by a [female] group and if I can be a mentor to someone in that regard, that’s great,” he added.
“Tressa did a great job.”
Also making the most of her opportunity was goalie Harleigh Brow-Rose.
She got the nod ahead of Sydney Beck and made that decision look astute as she recorded a shutout in her NorWOSSA regular-season debut.
“For the few shots she had to handle, she did well,” Hamilton said of Brow-Rose, who was added to the Muskies’ roster in the absence of Marissa Loveday.
Rachel Jean led the Muskie attack with a hat trick while Taylor Croswell and Janelle Kaemingh each scored twice.
Kelsey Langtry and Moriah Carradice, meanwhile, each scored their first goals as Muskies.
Annalise Hayes, Jenna Clendenning, Lauren Hamilton, Avery Cates, Siobhan Mackintosh, and Rylee Redford also tallied.
“We started out well and the kids understand Kenora is a developing team that in the future is going to be stronger, and that is in the learning process right now,” noted Hamilton.
By the third period, Hamilton said the focus changed from filling the net to working on the team’s shooting and passing skills.
The defence got to move up and play at the forward positions while some upfront regulars took a turn guarding the blueline.
“I liked what I saw,” Hamilton remarked.
“They responded to the direction we gave them.”
Next up for the Muskies is a two-game series against the visiting Sioux Lookout Warriors.
Hamilton said the opener, slated for Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Emo-La Vallee Arena, is generating some serious excitement out in the district.
“The rumour is that the Emo rink is going to be full,” he noted, adding many minor hockey players from Emo are expected to be on hand to help boost the crowd numbers and noise level.
“You’re going to want to come early if you want a seat,” Hamilton warned.
The series finale then goes Monday at 1 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena here.