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PeeWee ‘A’ tourney being held at arena

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The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association is hosting a PeeWee ‘A’ tournament this weekend at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Four teams from the local house league will host two Emo squads, one from Kenora, and four from Thunder Bay.

“We should be competitive [though] it’s kind of an unknown,” said Milt Strachan, a local PeeWee coach and one of the tournament organizers.

“Thunder Bay is a surprise until we play them, but last year our PeeWees were right on par with Thunder Bay, so I assume we should be again,” added Strachan.

The tournament kicked off this morning with the local Green’s squad beating the Emo Thunderbolts 5-3.

Jarred Taylor led the way with a hat trick while Ben Whitburn and Claire Sandelovich added singles.

Round-robin action continues through tomorrow morning, with the semi-finals set for the afternoon.

Each team will play three round-robin games, with the playoff positions being decided based on their win/loss records.

The second-ranked team will play the third-ranked team in the first semi-final at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday while the top-ranked squad will face the fourth-ranked one at 7 p.m. in the other semi-final.

Both games will be held in the ’52 Canadians Arena.

The final is set for Sunday at 1 p.m., with consolation games going all that morning. All of Sunday’s games will be played at the Ice for Kids Arena.

Strachan organized the scheduling for the tournament, and is volunteering his services throughout the weekend, but said there’s a large support group that allows the tournament to run.

“There’s volunteers from all four [local] teams and we’re all in charge of something,” Strachan noted. “There’s a penny table, one team looks after the gate, one team looks after the tournament room, and so forth.

“We have good volunteers and we all take turns,” he added. “Everybody does their share and makes the load a little bit easier on everybody else.”

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