Ben Hoefler of the Fort Frances Lakers, centre, tried to gain possession of the puck while he was hounded by a pair of Thief River Falls Norskies during the first period of his squad's 3-0 loss here in SIJHL action on Friday night.
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Fort Frances Chiefs' goalie Dana Cridland made an excellent pad stop on Dryden 3rd Liners' forward Martina Wintle as Nicole Clarke skated hard on the backcheck during the second period of the Chiefs' 3-2 win in the championship game of their annual home tournament on Sunday afternoon at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).
Right, Mackenzie Kakapetum of the Sioux Lookout Warriors tried to lift the stick of Hailey Bombay in attempt to keep her from getting a scoring chance during the first period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 of their best-of-three NorWOSSA semifinal series.
Dylan Tessier fired a shot on Red Lake Rams' goalie Kyle Gelderland from a sharp angle at the left side during the Muskie boys' hockey team's 5-0 win in Game 2 of their best-of-three NorWOSSA semifinal series on Saturday afternoon here. The black-and-gold outscored the Rams 12-0 in a two-game sweep.
The Fort Frances Lakers haven't made things easy on themselves as of late and it's time to get back to work.
The squad has dropped its last four games and with the SIJHL's Bill Salonen Cup Playoffs quickly approaching, Lakers' head coach and general manager is stressing that his players need to not feel sorry for themselves.
Basketball is a game of runs and in the end the Muskie senior boys' squad just didn't have enough to match their opponents.
The St. Ignatius Falcons (Thunder Bay) used a relentless full-court pressure and excellent second halves in both games to sweep the best-of-three NWOSSAA championship against the Muskies here over the weekend.
Wyatt Richards showed off some great hops as he tried to win the opening tip-off against Jordan Maki of the St. Ignatius Falcons during Game 1 of the best-of-three NWOSSAA championship at Fort High on Friday afternoon. The Falcons won that game 70-48 over the Muskies before taking Game 2 85-48 on Saturday morning to sweep the series and advance to OFSAA next week.
One thing is for certain: the Muskie boys' hockey team is ready to put two years of heartbreak behind them and advance to OFSAA.
Fort High will face the second-place St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in the best-of-three league final that gets underway this week.
Not much has separated the Muskie girls' hockey team and the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) this season.
What seemed to be the inevitable clash of the titans has come to pass as the first-place Muskies and second-place Saints will square off in the best-of-three NorWOSSA final this week to decide who advances to OFSAA 'A/AA' championship in Stratford from March 24-26.
The Muskie senior girls' volleyball team has been the best in Northwestern Ontario now two years in a row.
The black-and-gold was dominant in a sweep of the host Westgate Tigers in the best-of-three NWOSSAA championship on Friday, winning both matches in straight sets.