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Royals hosting tourney

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The Fort Frances Boston Pizza Royals plan to feast on some out-of-town guests this weekend.

The PeeWee ‘AA’ hockey squad hosts its annual tournament at the Memorial Sports Centre, with six team vying to have gold medals dangling around their necks by the time they leave the rink Sunday afternoon.

Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Atikokan, the Thunder Bay Elks, and International Falls will try to nullify home-ice advantage for the Royals, who played their opening game today at 12:45 p.m. (the outcome wasn’t known by press time).

The Royals take to the ice again at 5:30 p.m. against Sioux Lookout, then will close out preliminary-round action tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. versus the Falls.

The top four teams after the preliminary round will advance to the playoffs, with the semi-finals set for 3:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.

The fifth-place game between the bottom two squads after the preliminaries goes Sunday at 9:15 a.m.

That will be followed by the semi-final losers playing for bronze at 10:45 a.m., with the championship game between the two semi-final winners slated for 12:15 p.m.

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