Hockey players kicking off the 1997-98 season as Emo teams split games with their Fort Frances counterparts over the weekend.
The OPP were bested by The Wings on Tyson Romyn's four-goal spree in the second period. Never looking over their shoulders, the Flying Wings handcuffed OPP early in the first on Brock Benjamin’s tally. Eric Soucy replied for Wings twice in the first and second period.
Fort Frances MEC Bulldogs rattled Emo Selects 5-2 in Atom action, scoring three first period tallies, adding one each in the second and third. Goal scorers were Skyler VanDulman, Lucas Romaniuk, Mike Dodge, Adam Foley and Sean Councillor. The Selects’ marksman was Sean Rea.
The Selects faltered in their second contest against the Fort being doubled up 4-2. Steven Pruys and Jordan Vandetti scored twice for the visitors. Matt Redford and Dennis Mutz answered for the losers.
Atom “AA” action pitted Gillons Hawks against Kaemingh Esso, with the Hawks bouncing Esso 5-2. Jordan Wilson led the Hawks with two, Jon Kinnear, Colin Heyens rifled home singletons. Jamie Davis and Tanner Kaemingh replied for Esso Leafs.
PeeWee action gave Emo Panthers a tight tie with Esso Leafs 6-6. Down 5-3 after two, Esso fired in three goals in the final frame for a deadlock. Vaughan Wilson earned two, while Mark LeFleur, Dan Hettinga and Mark Brusven rattled home Panthers goals. Jamie Davis had a hat trick, Tanner Kaemingh shot two, and Mike Niskala found the range for the Leafs.
Emo Cowboys in Bantam action could not corral the Fort Oddfellows, losing 2-0 on two first period markers by Mark Foley and Roger Morrison. In their second contest, the Cowboys scored twice in the first and second, sidelining the visiting Canadian Tire Flyers 4-1. Nathan Shute, Cole Kaemingh, Whitebear Copenace and Justin Hamilton scored for the Cowboys, with Dan Robinson replying for the Flyers.
The Midget Emo Blues won their first game of the season, defeating the Bantam B-Macs of Fort Frances 4-2. Adam McTavish led the Blues with two goals, while Bob Curtis and Gary Foster each added singles. D. Mosbeck bagged B-Mac's lone marker.