The Sioux Lookout Warriors were viewed as an up-and-coming team in the NorWOSSA girls’ hockey during the pre-season.
It seems as though they still have a way to go before meeting those expectations.
The three-time defending league champion Muskies made it business as usual against the host Warriors late last week—cruising to a two-game sweep to kick off the regular season.
Fort High routed a short-handed Warriors’ squad 12-1 on Thursday, then kept rolling Friday in a penalty-filled 7-1 triumph.
Sioux Lookout was missing several players for the opener who were playing for the Warriors’ senior girls’ basketball team at the NWOSSAA playoffs in Manitouwadge.
The Muskies weren’t in sympathetic mode, though, getting stronger as the game wore on with three goals in the first period, four in the second, and five in the third.
Annalise (CC) Hayes, the team’s leading scorer the past two seasons, scorched veteran Warriors’ goalie Alex Morin for five goals and also added an assist.
Taylor Croswell added a pair of goals while newcomer Jessica Steele had a goal and two assists in her NorWOSSA debut.
Rookie Jill Calder and veteran Kelsey Langtry each scored once, with other markers going to Lauren Hamilton and captain Janelle Kaemingh.
Sydney Beck earned the win in goal on a light night of work, with Natasha Lawson’s power-play goal at 12:53 of the second the only stain.
The two teams combined for 16 minors in the rematch, which saw the Muskies spoil the regular-season debut of Warriors’ goalie Jenelle Manitowabi.
The affiliate player got the start with Morin resting and usual No. 1 netminder Kyla Kulchyski away with the basketball team, with Jenna Clendenning taking advantage by scoring a hat trick.
Hayes added two more goals while Calder and Hanna LeDrew had the other tallies.
Rookie goalie Kamryn Sandelovich earned the victory in her first NorWOSSA outing.
Sydney Macdonald had the lone goal for the Warriors.
The Muskies play their home-opener tomorrow against the Kenora Broncos, with game time set for 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
In related news, the Muskie boys’ hockey team has had a schedule change for its two-game home-opening set against the Red Lake Rams.
Fort High will host the Rams tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena, then they’ll square off again Wednesday with a special 1:15 p.m. start time.