Manitoulin Mustangs show Island an on-ice force to be reckoned with

MANITOULIN—Both the Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) Mustang boys and girls hockey teams have been having strong seasons.

Last week the Mustang boys had four games. They beat Lively 5 to 2 on Monday.

“Kyle Debassige scored a hat trick with Jayden Little chipping in 4 points,” said Coach Steve Doane. “Josh Robinson also scored with Chris Haner picking up two goals and an assist and Keegan Clarke and Nathan Debassige adding assists.  Brandon Anwhatin Lewis got the winning goal.”

Last Wednesday, January 17, the Mustang boys travelled to Espanola for an afternoon against the Spartans winning 5 to 4. 

“Scoring was spread out between five different players: Boston Thibault, Brett Ense, Ben Marshall, Keegan Clarke, and Josh Robinson with Jayden Little, Ethan Corbiere, Nathan Debassige and Greg Doane adding assists,” said Coach Doane. “We gave up two early goals in the third period and had to hang on with the net empty in the third period with Tyler Hughson picking up the win.”

On Wednesday, former Mustangs Cole King and coach Logan Bayer were at the Northeast Town Recreation Centre with their Lasalle Lancer players. 

“Mustangs led 4 to 2 going into the third only to see the Lancers rally for three goals to make it interesting,” added Coach Doane. “The Mustangs were able to add a third period goal and hold the lead but an empty net goal from Zack Paul was a huge relief as the Lancers were coming on hard.  Scoring was spread around once again with goals from Kyle Debassige, Bryce Draper, Ethan Corbiere, Ben Marshall and Nathan Debassige. Assists went to Parker Dickinson, Chris Haner, Kyle Debassige and Boston Thibault.  Brandon Anwhatin Lewis picked up the winning goal.”

Friday night at the fundraising game in Little Current for Mustang alumni Connor Croft, the boys won their game 4 to 3 against Lockerby.

“We are on top of the B Division with four wins since the split (into the A and B division),” said Coach Steve Doane. “We break for the next 10 days for exams and then travel to Burlington for the Bur Bear Tournament February 7 to 9.  Playoffs will begin the week of February 12.”

The Mustang girls also had a packed schedule of games last week. 

After the Christmas break, the girls played Confederation on January 9, winning 9 to 1.

Their next game on January 16 was a tight one with the girls losing to Bishop Carter 2-1.

Last Friday’s game following the boys’ at the fundraising event for Connor Croft went well, with the girls tying Espanola 3 to 3. 

Next up, the Mustang girls will play L’Horizon on February 5 in M’Chigeeng.