The Muskie boys' hockey team has been able to withstand a plethora of injuries and are more than ready to embrace what the second half of the season might bring.
The black-and-gold finished the first half of the NorWOSSA season with a 5-2 record and headed into the holiday break fresh off a 4-1 win over the host International Falls Broncos in the opener of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series.
Muskie head coach Jordan Sinclair and his squad are eager to improve on their skills and get healthy.
“We would, first and foremost, just like to get everyone back and healthy and continue to get better every day,” he remarked.
“Our goal would be to get the No. 1 seed in the league heading into the playoffs but, more importantly, make sure we are peaking and playing our best hockey.”
Sinclair said the biggest challenge most nights for the Muskies is themselves so they need to work on minimizing mistakes.
“A lot of times we are our own worst enemy," he conceded. ”So we will work a lot on the details and minimizing mistakes and understanding what is your best option and best play in curtain situations.
“If we can clean some areas up and continue to build our speed game, we will be a tough out.”
The Muskies resumed NorWOSSA play last night against the host Red Lake Rams, with the outcome not known as of press time.
Then they'll head to Winnipeg for the annual Piper Classic tournament that runs tomorrow through Sunday.
“We are getting healthier all the time [and] we are hopeful to have basically our full roster by the weekend minus 'Webber' [Declan Webb], who could still be out for a while,” Sinclair noted.
“Against Red Lake, we gotta make sure to play our game and play to our level, and make them come to our level [and] to not be complacent because we have had success in the past,” he added.
"Make sure we go in there and take care of business.
“Heading to Winnipeg, I'm feeling good about the team and getting healthy again, and I'm confident if we play to our capability, we will give ourself a good opportunity to be successful,” Sinclair enthused.