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Rangers nab title at Atom 'A' tourney


Manny Allam single-handedly willed the Westfort Rangers to the title at the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association's annual Atom 'A' tournament this past weekend.

The Rangers' sniper scored a whopping five times as the Rangers pulled out a 6-4 win over the Neebing Blackhawks in the 'A' final on Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

After Parker Lindsay opened the scoring for the Blackhawks early in the first period, Allam got the Rangers on the board with 7:32 to go as he buried a feed from Keiden Almgren.

Allam then gave the Rangers their first lead with 20 seconds to go in the second period as he tallied an unassisted effort.

After Almgren put Westfort up by two just 33 seconds into the third, the Hawks fought back with tallies from Cooper Golding and Lindsay to knot it at 3-3.

Allam put Westfort back ahead shortly after, but the Hawks were again able to find the equalizer off the stick of Spencer Jacobson with 6:40 to go.

But Allam let it be known he wasn't going to be outdone as he potted the winner with just under five minutes to go to make it 5-4.

Westfort pulled their goalie in the late stages in an effort to force overtime, but Allam fired home a long-range empty-netter to salt it away with 54 seconds left to round out the scoring.

The Emo Express Green finished as the 'B'-side runners-up with a 4-0 loss to the International Falls Squirts in the final that was held just prior the 'A' final on Sunday.

Matthew Black opened the scoring for International Falls at the 10-minute mark of the first period as he fired a shot that bounced off a few Express Green bodies before finding its way past Emo goalie Emily Jerry.

He then doubled the lead with 4:20 to go as he skated out from the right side boards and sniped a shot over Jerry's shoulder to make it 2-0 after 12 minutes.

Ryar Pelland made it a three-goal game early in the second before burying a feed from Cade Ottemann with 2:52 remaining to round out the scoring.

The Express Green opened tourney play on Friday morning with a 4-2 win over the Kenora Rangers before following that up with a 2-1 loss to the Fort Frances Causeway Cougars that afternoon.

Then after rebounding with a 5-2 win over the Northwest Flyers on Saturday morning, the Express Green ended preliminary play with a 3-2 loss to the squirts that afternoon to head into the 'B'-side semifinals with a 2-2 record.

The Express Green faced the Cougars in the semis on Sunday morning, where they nabbed a 2-0 shutout win to earn the berth into the 'B' final against International Falls.

As for the Cougars, they opened tourney play on Friday morning with a 4-1 win over the Kenora Crushers before following that up with the 2-1 win over the Express Green.

Causeway then suffered its first loss with a 6-1 setback at the hands of Neebing on Saturday morning before ending preliminary play that afternoon with a 3-0 loss to the Rangers to head into the 'B'-side semifinals with a 2-2 record.

As for the other local teams, the Fort Frances Rainy Lake Attack compiled a 3-2 record, the Fort Frances Gillons' Sharks were 1-4, and the Emo Express White wound up 3-2.

Up next, the Fort Frances Atom 'AA' Canadians will host their annual home tournament this Friday through Sunday at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).

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