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Muskies win opener

Cooper Witherspoon and Graeme Kitt each scored twice as the Muskies boys’ hockey team opened defence of its title at the Victoria Inn tournament in Brandon, Man. yesterday with a 8-2 romp over the Sanford Collegiate Sabres.

Lakers top Rangers

Nick Minerva is not resting on his laurels.

Two days after being named the SIJHL’s top player for November, the Fort Frances Lakers’ defenceman dished out three assists in a 5-3 win over the host Minnesota Iron Rangers last night.

Secondary teachers warn of job action

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation teachers in District 5B (Rainy River) will initiate a selective withdrawal of services starting this Wednesday, (Dec. 9) against the Rainy River District School Board unless a local collective agreement can be reached by that time.

During this local job action, if it goes ahead, secondary teachers will not:

Men’s hoops league back

It’s tip-off time.

The Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League began its new season with a pair of games Tuesday night at J.W. Walker after having spent recent seasons playing out of Fort High.

With the teams playing 4-on-4 due to low numbers, Team Red defeated Team White 85-70 in the first game.

Shutout streak extended

No matter what position they play, every member of the Muskie girls’ hockey team is finding a way to contribute these days.

Fort High maintained its shutout streak in NorWOSSA play after posting a 10-0 win over the host Kenora Broncos on Tuesday night.

Coats donated for local youngsters

Local council #2766 of the Knights of Columbus has jumped on board the “Coats for Kids” program this year—donating 60 brand new jackets to Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services to distribute to those in need.

“We have a lot of low-income families who are really in need of something like this,” said Wendy Brunetta of the KRRDCFS.

Trip draw

Theiah MacDonald, left, owner of new downtown business, Resolution Vapes & E-liquids, drew the winner of the December “Trip of the Month” draw this morning at International Travel Services as Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on. Tyler Cousineau of Fort Frances is heading to Scotland, a trip valued at $5,000.

Lakers on both ends of shutouts

A ten-goal swing in the wrong direction does not make for a happy coach.

Wayne Strachan saw the best and the worst of his first-place Fort Frances Lakers’ (17-3-0-1) in a two-night span at the Ice For Kids Arena here over weekend.

It was all systems go Friday night in a 7-0 blanking over the second-place Dryden GM Ice Dogs (14-5-1-2).