With the top two junior players from last year moving up to the senior squad, the Muskies demolished the Dryden Eagles 92-46 in their NorWOSSA opener up there yesterday afternoon.
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The last time Chris Buchan made a trip to Fort Frances to curl, he earned a berth to the Brier.
After Saturday’s 11-6 win over Dave MacInnes in the final of the provincial mixed playdowns here, Buchan once again will be off in search of a national title.
With two provincial titles in three years curling on Fort Frances ice, it’s probably safe to say he must like it here.
Raymond Roy’s rink could do no wrong on their way to advancing to the Northern Ontario mixed curling playdowns here last week. But when a berth to the Canadian championships was at stake, they could do no right.
The result was a surprising 0-5 record and a last-place showing for the Fort Frances rink, especially considering their hot play leading up to the provincials.
Ryan O’Connor scored the game-winning goal just 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Rainy River Rebels to a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory over the South End Stars (Thunder Bay) in the ‘A’-final of a PeeWee house league tournament here Sunday.
As the Muskies got ready to start the 1998-99 campaign without their top two scorers from last season, the big question mark was who would replace that lost offensive production.
But heading into last night’s contest against the Dryden Eagles here, the Muskies had a new question. What scoring problem?
Winkler Flyers eked out a 3-2 victory over the Fort Frances KCs on Sunday afternoon in the final of the Emo Predators PeeWee ‘AA’ hockey tournament.
The Sioux Lookout Hawks also participated in the four-team tourney.
While playing at the provincial level is nothing new for Angela Lee, what has changed for the new Northwestern Ontario junior ladies’ champ is her responsibility on the ice.
Having played at the past two junior provincial playdowns for the Jackie Bonot rink, Lee got the chance to skip her own foursome with the departure of Bonot to the Port Arthur Curling Club.
Aquanauts Karli McKinnon, 10, and Boyd Badiuk, nine, combined for three silver medals and a bronze in their age group at the 18th-annual Prairie Winter Invitational meet in Winnipeg last weekend.
McKinnon raced to second-place finishes in the 200m free and 50m free events while also taking third in the 100m free. Badiuk struck silver in the 100m fly.
While their past accomplishments are quite impressive, Raymond Roy’s rink knows full well that you can throw all that out the window as they prepare for the provincial mixed curling playdowns here this weekend.
The Muskies already have shown they are a formidable squad on home ice, indicative of their three-straight blowout wins against NorWOSSA opponents within the confines of Memorial Arena.
Now after Monday night’s 12-3 romp over the Kenora Broncos up there, the black-and-gold have served notice they can be dominating on the road, too.