MSS Mustangs hockey team win home opener

LITTLE CURRENT—The Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) Mustangs got their season off to a great start with a one-nothing November 8 home opener victory over the Lasalle Lancers at the Little Current arena.

The Mustangs scored early to take the lead and then held off a determined Lancer effort through the next two periods to take the win.

“I thought they did pretty good,” said hockey fan Sandy McGillivray of Little Current. “The other team had a lot more players on their bench, but our side held up really well. I bet they were some tired after that game.”

The Mustangs goal was scored by #9 Colin Hicks, assisted by #16 Lucas Mackan and #22 Hunter Abotosaway.

The Mustangs got a bit of a rest the next night, as the game against their next set of opponents, the MacDonald Cartier Panthers the following evening, was cancelled.

The MSS Mustang hockey team roster for 2013-2014 includes #1 Jayden Windell, #4 Brayden Newton, #6 Michael Niven, #7 Jacob Moreau, #8 Tyler King, #9 Colin Hicks, #10 Matt Craig, #11 Tristan Argue, #12 Cole Drumond, #16 Lucas Dumond, #19 Justice Corbiere, #22 Hunter Abotosaway, #30 Jordon Cristos, #44 Cole Lentier, #68 Brett Varey, #77 Sheldon Campbell, #88 Thomas Hayden and #96 Tyon Francis. Coaches are Brad Bond and Nick Head Peterson, Jordan Smith is assistant coach, Jim Stringer manager and Jeffery Panamick is the team’s trainer.

The next home game for the MSS Mustangs will be played on Friday, November 22 at 7pm in the Little Current arena against the Lively Hawks. The Mustangs also play in Little Current on Friday, November 29 at 7 pm against the St. Benedict Bears. The Mustangs will play in M’Chigeeng on Saturday, November 30 at 7 pm, taking on the L’Horizon Eagles.

The Mustangs have had a mixed record on the road, with an October 17 9-0 triumph over Confederation at the Countryside Arena, an October 24, 7-1 romp over MacDonald Cartier at Countryside Arena, and a loss to Lasalle in a 3-2 heartbreaker on October 28 at the Carmichael Arena in Sudbury; a 7-4 tumble against Central Algoma on November 1 at the Thessalon Memorial Community Arena and a 4-4 tie against the Central Algoma in the same venue on November 2.

The game sponsor for the home opener was Little Current RONA Building Supply.

Michael Erskine