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Lakers ousted from DHC

Third periods in the Dudley Hewitt Cup this week resembled sulfuric acid to the Fort Frances Lakers.

They were burned badly in both of the ones they played and now their hopes at making it to the national stage have been dashed—courtesy once again of the Soo Thunderbirds.

Nightmarish start for Faragher

The excitement of making it to the next stage of the post-season died off in less than four minutes for Ryan Faragher.

It was a nightmarish start to the second round of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs for the 23-year-old Fort Frances native and the rest of the Utah Grizzlies, who trail the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Komets 2-0 after a pair of road losses to open the best-of-seven series.

Winning ticket

Kayle Koval, a past winner of the Kiwanis Club’s “Trip of the Month” draw, read out the name of the winner for May yesterday at International Travel Services while Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on. Jack Drennan of Emo will be headed on a Canadian Rockies tour—a trip valued at $4,100. Next month’s trip is to Freeport, Bahamas ($4,500).

MNO sees record turnout for election

The Métis Nation of Ontario saw a record turnout for its election yesterday, with results to be announced May 12.

Across the province, the average increase in voter turnout was nearly 50 percent.

In addition to the votes cast yesterday, regions from across Ontario mailed in ballots to the Ottawa office of the MNO.

These ballots will be counted early next week.

‘Ice-out’ declared

It’s now smooth sailing around the north arm of Rainy Lake.

Al Boivin, of Rainy Lake Boat Taxi, said this morning that most of the ice is gone.

“I went out for a boat ride on Saturday morning, and there was a big chunk [of ice] located in the Crowe Island and Hopkins Bay area,” Boivin recalled.

Folk singer to perform

Newfoundland traditional singer Matthew Byrne is coming to Fort Frances.

The winner of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year will be playing at From The Grind Up next Wednesday (May 4) at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 (available at the door) but seating is limited.

Laker up for award

Dylan Robertson may be in line for yet another honour after a standout season.

The Fort Frances Lakers’ captain was nominated for the CJHL player-of-the-year award yesterday after the 20-year-old from Atlanta led the local squad to its third-straight SIJHL crown.

The honour is given annually to the player who best combines on-ice performance with off-ice responsibility.

Faragher advances

Only one of the two Fort Frances natives in the ECHL will be sticking around for another round.

The Utah Grizzlies, featuring goalie Ryan Faragher, will continue their push to the Kelly Cup after dumping the host Colorado Eagles 7-2 on Tuesday night to capture their best-of-seven quarter-final series 4-2.