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Bantam Canadians top tourney


The weekend could not have gone any better for the Fort Frances Bantam 'AA' Canadians at their annual home tournament over the weekend.

After finishing pool play with a perfect 4-0 record, the host squad skated to an impressive 7-1 victory over the Norwest Stars in Sunday's final.

Peyton Avis paced the Canadians' attack with four goals, including a natural hat trick during a five-minute span in the second period.

Head coach Jamie Davis was pleased with his team's effort during the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of the last game.

“It's always good for the kids to win at home," enthused Davis. ”It's exciting for them, that's for sure.

“I thought we played well today [Sunday]," he added. ”I thought it was a good game but, you know, I didn't expect it to be 7-1 at the end.

“Overall, I thought it was a pretty decent weekend,” Davis said.

Avis opened the scoring with his first of the game at 3:24 of the first period.

After the Stars netted their only goal at 13:24 of the second, Avis then added three more goals to build a 4-1 lead the Canadians would not relinquish.

Matthew Spence extended the lead to 5-1 with 53 seconds left in the period.

Connor Lind made it 6-1 at 7:25 of the third before Brandon Croswell capped the scoring at 5:27.

Kaden King earned the win in goal, making a number of key saves down the stretch.

Davis lauded the play of his goalies over the weekend, but also believes success came from all the players working hard.

“I would definitely say our goaltenders were impressive,” Davis noted.

"Those kids play well when we need them and they keep us in games if we're not playing well.

“I'd say, for the most part, everybody just does their jobs and it takes everybody [to win],” Davis added.

“It's not one or two guys that carry the load,” he stressed.

The Canadians opened the tournament Friday with a 9-2 win over the Kenora Thistles, then later downed the Central Plains Capitals 3-1 .

Saturday saw the hosts dump the Stars 8-3 before notching a 5-1 win over the North End Flames, which sent them into Sunday's final unbeaten.

Davis also said he pleased by the support of the home crowd over the weekend.

“We're a hockey town so it's always great when people come out and support the kids, and support what's going on around here,” he enthused.

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