The Fort Frances Lakers will be heading into the SIJHL playoffs with a little more confidence after splitting their final regular-season games over the weekend at the Ice For Kids Arena.
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Keighan Gerrie, Jacob Brown, and Kyle Auger combined for nine points to pace the league-leading Thunder Bay North Stars to a 9-1 romp over the visiting Fort Frances Lakers on Tuesday night.
Thunder Bay (47-4-1-1) roared out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Maxime Fortin, Jayden Mrakic, and Ben Erwin.
The Emo Misfits scored with two minutes left in overtime to pull out a thrilling 4-3 win over the Fort Frances Chiefs in the final of the Chiefs' fourth-annual tournament that was held March 1-3 at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).
The Misfits opened the scoring with 51 seconds to go in the second period before striking again in the third to go ahead by two.
A sixth-grader from Devlin made some history Saturday when she became the first-ever female to place for the Mighty Mustangs youth wrestling program at the MNUSA state wrestling tournament in Rochester, Mn.
McKenna McTavish, competing in the all-girls' division, took third place in her weight class.
It was a day of nice weather and good competition for those who attended the second-annual Rainy Lake “Loppet” on Saturday afternoon.
Hosted by the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club at its Rocky Inlet trails, nine skiers made the most of a mild winter day and put their skiing skills to the test against some friendly competition.
Each match is a learning experience and sometimes the lessons you need to learn most come from tough losses.
The Muskie senior girls' volleyball team experienced its share of disappointment last week as the black-and-gold compiled a 1-3 record in Pool 'A' play to finish fourth and wind up on the consolation side of the bracket at the OFSAA championships in Amherstburg.
It's been a gruelling season and things aren't going to get any easier for the Fort Frances Lakers as they conclude the SIJHL's regular season this week.
The squad managed to split its weekends games at the Ice For Kids Arena, which included a 7-3 romp over the Minnesota Iron Rangers on Sunday afternoon following a 5-1 loss to the Thief River Falls Norskies on Friday night.
A title just wasn't to be in the end but it still was a respectable showing by the Mackenzie Jolicouer and Ashley Payne rinks at the U18 curling provincials held Thursday through Sunday at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
Neither Jolicouer's Stratton-based rink nor Payne's Fort Frances squad were able to advance to the semi-final.
The local Northern Lights School of Skating had five of its StarSkaters participate in the Thunder Bay Super Series Competition back on March 1-2, with great results.
Hallee Nugent placed third in the STAR 5 Free Skate 13-and-over category.
Preparation already is underway for the 25th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, which will run July 18-20 at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Jeannette Cawston, one of the tournament directors, said this will be her last year as a director and hopes someone will come forward and work with her this year to learn the ropes.