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Warriors claim title at PeeWee 'AA' Canadians' annual home tourney

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The Fort Frances PeeWee 'AA' Canadians were unable to advance to the championship game of their annual home tournament and the Warroad Warriors took full advantage of it.

Damon Skappel and Devin McCormick both netted hat tricks to pace the Warriors to a 9-1 rout of the International Falls Broncos in the Gold-Medal game on Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Wyatt Hennum scored a pair of goals in the first period as Warroad jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Skappel put his side up by three just 19 seconds into the second period as he walked around the Broncos' defence and fired a low shot home for his first of the afternoon.

Mooney Shaugaby then made a crisp pass from the left corner put front to a waiting Skappel, who buried a shot through the five-hole of the Broncos' goalie with 8:27 to go to extend it to a four-goal cushion.

After McCormick made it 5-0 just over a minute later, Asher Keep finally got the Broncos on the board with 5:48 to go that gave his side some life.

But McCormick buried the rebound of Dieter Flick's shot with just over four minutes to go to make it 6-1 after 30 minutes.

Shaugaby tallied early in the third, followed by Skappel and McCormick both capping their hat tricks to round out the scoring.

As for the Canadians, they compiled a 2-2 record at the tourney to fall short of advancing to Sunday's Gold-Medal Game.

Fort Frances opened play on Friday afternoon with a 2-0 shutout of the Kenora Thistles.

Niko Ruppenstein and Ashton Armstrong both lit the lamp to pace the Canadians' attack.

The squad then followed that up with a narrow 5-4 win over the Thunder Bay Elks 82s on Saturday morning.

Armstrong scored twice while Marlee Bliss, Hunter McLean, and Ruppenstein also found the back of the net.

The Canadians then fell to the Broncos that afternoon to finish second in Pool 'A'.

Fort Frances then squared off against the Warriors in the cross-over semifinals on Sunday morning where it saw its tournament come to an end with a 4-2 loss.

Skappel netted a hat trick for the Warriors while Hennum also tallied.

Bliss and Dakota Cooper provided the goals in a losing cause for the Canadians.

Up next, the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association will host its annual Atom 'A' tournament this Friday through Sunday at the Memorial Sports Centre.

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