Despite outshooting their opponents from Bismarck, N.D. by a 35-13 margin, and carrying the play for most of the game, the local Bantam BoMacs came up short Sunday in the final of the International Invitational Tournament in the Falls.
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In an attempt to rebound from a less-than-spectacular season which saw the Thunder Bay Flyers finish out of the USHL playoffs once again, six players from the Muskies have been invited to a rookie camp in Kenora in August.
Clint Barton was left wishing they were just an inch closer to the button in an extra end of Saturday’s final at the Canadian police curling championship in St. John’s, Nfld.
That inch, which put Barton and his Northern Ontario rink on the short end of a 6-5 decision to Ontario, cost them a chance to win their second national police crown in three years.
Even though Michigan State’s Rustyn Dolyny was edged out of the CCHA’s rookie-of-the-year honours by Notre Dame defenceman Mark Eaton at last week’s awards banquet in Detroit, the former Muskie has his sights set on a much bigger prize.
And that has national championship written all over it.
Some 48 teams are vying for the top prize this year at the 50th-annual Fort Frances men’s bonspiel, which runs tomorrow through Sunday at the local curling club.
Mark Haluptzok of Bemidji, Mn. won last year’s bonspiel with a 10-7 victory over Jim Ballard in the ‘A’ final.
Here are the opening draws (teams are from Fort Frances unless otherwise noted):
Brian White scored his third goal of the game with less than a minute left in overtime to lift tagg’s to a 4-3 victory over the Times Tigers on Sunday afternoon in the ‘A’ final of a Tom Thumb tournament here.
Brande Hyatt went into last weekend’s all-Ontario figure skating competition with the goal of finishing in the middle of the pack against the province’s top skaters.
And the 12-year-old from Devlin did exactly that, skating a near flawless performance en route to a seventh-place finish in Gravenhurst against 11 other skaters.
Rob Sinclair enthusiastically referred to it as “The Show.”
That show was the LaBatt Brier in Winnipeg last week—by far the biggest curling showcase in Canada. And the Northern Ontario reps hailing from the Port Arthur Curling Club in Thunder Bay were front and centre with some of the very best curlers in the country.
And they didn’t look out of place one bit.
The Emo Speedway will undergo a plethora of changes this season, including a return to the Borderland Racing Association under a new promoter and a new racing night.
Ed Rea, who has been a fixture with the Emo Speedway since the mid-1960s, will become the track’s new promoter, taking over from Sonny Ferris, who held that job for the past two seasons.
Terri Geurts and Allison Amorde, both bowlers from Plaza Lanes here, led the “Northwestern” ladies’ five-pin team to a silver medal at the Ontario Winter Games in Peterborough last week.
“Northwestern” finished the tournament with eight wins against six losses, good for 63 points, and second only to the “Central” team, which won the gold with a 12-2 record for 89 points.