Dryden Eagles' forward Jacob Looli tried to jam the puck past Muskie goalie Darian Klem while defenceman Jace Jackson hurried on the backcheck last night at the “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). Klem stopped every shot he faced en route to a 4-0 shutout win for the Muskies, who improved their NorWOSSA regular-season record to 8-0.
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It was a long time coming for the Fort Frances Lakers.
Exactly two months to the day of their last triumph, a 5-3 decision over the Minnesota Iron Rangers back on Nov. 10, the Lakers finally tasted victory again last night with a 5-3 win over the host Thunder Bay North Stars.
Losing is hard.
That's especially true when you're a hockey team that hasn't won in a game in nearly two months, as is currently the case with the Fort Frances Lakers, who head into tonight's game against the host Thunder Bay North Stars mired in a 13-game losing streak.
It probably wasn't the ending they had envisioned.
But after topping Pool 'B' with two wins and a tie, you can forgive the Fort Frances Wu Warriors for feeling a little confident Sunday heading into the gold-medal final of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association's annual Bantam 'A' tournament against the Baudette Bears.
Baudette Bears' forward Jackson Lebrasseur looked to cut in on goal and jam one past Fort Frances Wu Warriors' goalie Riley Calder during Sunday's 'A' final of the annual Bantam 'A' tournament held here. Baudette used a five-goal outburst in the second period to down the hosts 7-1 and claim the gold medal.
If Borderland Snowmobile Club president John Homer had his way, all the area trails would be open by now.
But that's not the case so far this season, mainly due to a lack of volunteer help.
Homer stressed volunteers are needed to ensure more trails across the district are usable.
Halley's Comets' forward Lachlan Rheault looked to break his way in on goal for a scoring chance against Fort Frances Green's Predators' goalie Cohen Robinson during his team's 4-3 loss in Sunday's 'B' final of the annual Bantam 'A' tournament held here. Rheault scored all three of his team's goals but his heroics came up just short.
Mary-Beth Tkachuk looked to return a shot from Nikki Bagacki with a solid backhand attempt Sunday during the women's 'B' final of the 31st-annual La Place Rendez-Vous squash tournament at the Memorial Sports Centre. Tkachuk won the hotly-contested match 3-2 to claim the division title.
The second half of the NorWOSSA schedule for the Muskie boys' and girls' hockey teams kicked off this week.
Both squads faced the host Kenora Broncos last night (results unavailable as of press time) before returning home to face the Dryden Eagles today at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).
The girls' game was set for 4:30 p.m., with the boys' game to follow at 7:30 p.m.
The Sunset Country Squash Club's annual La Place Rendez-Vous tournament held over the weekend marked its 31st year by proving to be one of the most competitive of them all.
More matches went the full five-games this year than ever before.