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Fort teams get upper hand over Emo

Although Emo Novice teams held their own, Fort Frances squads skated away with several victories in recent minor hockey action at the Emo Arena.

In their first outing, the Emo Wings were handed a 4-0 loss by tagg’s (Fort Frances). Zach Johnston led the visitors with two goals while Garrett Howells and Mitchel Cain added singles.

Strachan joins Rockford IceHogs

The Rockford IceHogs of the United Hockey League announced last week former Muskie Wayne Strachan has joined the team for the rest of this season.

Strachan, 27, originally had signed with the IceHogs during the off-season as the team moved to Rockford from Thunder Bay. But he failed to report at training camp while pursuing a career outside of hockey and consequently was suspended.

Cowboys, Predators win games

The Emo Cowboys scored twice in each of the first and second periods to hand the visiting Oddfellows (Fort Frances) a 4-2 loss.

Jeremy Hyatt led the way with a hat trick while Jason Caul added the other for Emo. Scott Grynol and Terry Kellar netted third-period goals for the Oddfellows.

Tkachuk dominates men’s squash tourney

Veteran local squasher Bob Tkachuk showed the young guns he hasn’t lost a step, winning the annual Boxing Day tournament here yet again with a 3-0 sweep over Benji Andrusco in the ‘A’ final.

Tkachuk breezed through the 16-player field without a loss Sunday, blanking Michael Whitehead, Toby Munro, and Jason Kabel by identical 3-0 scores to reach the final.

No small steps:

At 6’7”, Ryan Sinninghe is used to taking big steps.

But the former Rainy River Owl faces none bigger as he makes the transition to a first-year backup centre with the Lakehead U Thunderwolves.

Hoopsters roll to another easy win

A 23-8 first-quarter run paced the Muskies to an easy 73-44 win over the host Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA senior boys’ basketball action yesterday afternoon.

The black-and-gold, who improved to 2-0 in regular-season play with the victory, once again were led by the talented tandem of John Sivonen and Evan Woodland.

Offence anemic in loss to Falls Broncos

Managing just 13 shots—including none in the second period—in a 3-0 loss to the International Falls Broncos across the river last Friday night, it would be easy to say the Muskie offence took an early Christmas vacation.

On the bright side, defensively the Muskies killed off a pair of minor penalties in that period—and didn’t allow a goal despite being outshot 12-zip.

Fort girls win consolation final

The Pollard Lumber Atom/Novice girls’ hockey team won the consolation final at a tournament in Dryden after shutting out the host team 4-0 on Sunday.

Courtney Caldwell paced the locals with two goals while Teresa Smith and Melissa Calder (named the Fort’s game star) also scored.

Katie Stearns was solid in goal to earn the shutout.