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Ready to smash

Peter Russell, a top-10 player from Winnipeg, looked to smash a serve yesterday afternoon during the men's 'A' Open final of the 31st-annual La Place Rendez-Vous squash tournament. Russell used some blistering shots to defeat Fort Frances native Anniss Seid 3-0 to claim the tourney title.

Muskie girls go winless

Wins were hard to come by for the Muskie girls' hockey team over the weekend in Thunder Bay.

The squad was there to play a trio of exhibition games Friday and Saturday—coming away from with a tie and two losses.

The Muskies kicked off action Friday night with a hard-fought 1-1 tie against the Midget 'A' Queens.

Outdoor rink

A positive of the recent cold snap is that the two outdoor rinks in town are in prime condition. Local youths, seen here taking part in a game of shinny, were out enjoying the one located in the east end late yesterday afternoon despite the frigid temperature. Sorry, kids, but your Christmas break is coming to an end, with classes set to resume on Monday across the district.

Lakers action

Fort Frances Lakers' captain Julian Uhryniuk looked for a friendly stick to pass to during his team's 7-6 shootout loss to the last-place Minnesota Iron Rangers last night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Uhryniuk later set up the game-tying goal in the dying seconds to force overtime.

Poised to sweep

Third Jacob Horgan, left, and second Nick Bissonette were ready to sweep this rock down the ice during the final of the U21 provincial playdowns Saturday afternoon at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The pair were part of the Tanner Horgan rink from Sudbury that took down Chris Silver of Fort Frances 7-4 to claim the title and cap an undefeated week.

Beaudry, Silver look to build on U21 experience

It was a tough day Saturday for a pair of Fort Frances rinks at the U21 provincial playdowns held at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Tory Beaudry's rink, consisting of Katrina Slomke (third), Ashley Payne (second), and Andrea Schram (lead), finished double round-robin play with a 3-3 record and then had to face her older sister, Hailey Beaudry, in a tie-breaker that morning.

Lakers looking to bounce back

The Fort Frances Lakers (6-19-1-1) are hoping better days lie ahead.

Given the squad ended the first half of the SIJHL regular season mired in a 10-game losing streak, any type of good fortune early on in 2018 would be a welcome gift.

Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan believes the team should have done much better than what its record showed.