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Muskie boys clinch first


The Muskie boys' hockey team served their cake and ate it, too.

Just hours after hosting their annual tea and bake sale in the Fort High cafeteria, the black-and-gold (10-1) closed out their regular-season home schedule with a 17-2 rout of the Red Lake Rams on Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

With the victory, Fort High also clinched home-ice advantage throughout the NorWOSSA playoffs.

Cole Magill scored twice and had four assists, Eric Pitkanen lit the lamp four times and added a helper, and Byron Stewart notched a goal and four helpers to pace the Muskie onslaught.

Fort High jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first 1:07 of the opening period on tallies by Jake Barker, Jace Jackson, and Pitkanen.

The Rams finally got on the board with 5:18 left in the frame.

But Magill tallied, with Pitkanen then striking back-to-back, as the Muskies led 6-1 after 20 minutes.

Stewart, Kaleb Bruyere, Dayton Labbe, and Kendyn Faragher all bulged the twine in the second frame to give Fort High a 10-1 cushion.

Jon Busch, Connor Nelson, Magill, Reed Bodnar, and Pitkanen all struck early in the third to push it to 15-1.

Red Lake got one back at 10:17, but Austin Armstrong and Kaden Nelson later tallied to cap the scoring.

Darian Klem earned the win between the pipes.

The black-and-gold went into Saturday's game fresh off their first loss of the season—a 4-2 setback to the host Dryden Eagles on Thursday.

Nelson and Bruyere had the goals while Klem took his first loss between the pipes.

The Muskies will cap regular-season play with games against the host Eagles tomorrow, then back-to-back showdowns in Red Lake on Friday and Saturday.

Then they'll finish play with a make-up game against the host Sioux Lookout Warriors on Sunday for the one that was postponed back on Jan. 30 due to inclement weather.

In girls' action, meanwhile, the black-and-gold (12-1-1) cruised to an 18-0 drubbing of the host Kenora Broncos on Thursday.

Captain Annalise (C.C.) Hayes scored four times and added four helpers while Jenna Clendenning tallied three times and had a helper to pace the Muskies.

Emily Kaun and Jillian Calder also notched a pair of goals, with Hanna Ledrew, Kelsey Langtry, Reece McQuaker, Alex Gartzke, and Lillie Mackinnon adding singles.

Kamryn Sandelovich earned the shutout.

The Muskies were slated to face the host Sioux Lookout Warriors last night but that game was postponed.

A make-up date will be announced later this week.

Then tonight they face the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in Kenora, who topped them 4-1 in their last meeting held here Feb. 1.

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