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Local Sports for Monday, January 30

By Randy Thoms Jan 30, 2023 | 12:04 PM

The Fort Frances Canadians U11 team won this year’s Canadian Cup tournament, defeating Thunder Bay’s Norwest Stars 8-2 in the final on Sunday.

The Canadians avenged a previous round-robin loss to the Stars.

They opened the tournament on Friday with a 3-1 win over Dryden, then dumped the Winnipeg Rangers 5-1.

On Saturday, the Canadians defeated the North Shore Elks 7-1 before losing 2-0 to the Stars.

The Canadians advanced to the final game with an 8-1 win over the Kenora Thistles Sunday morning.

The Neebing Hawks of Thunder Bay were the bronze medal winners, defeating Kenora 7-6.

The Canadians U18 team was in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where they lost 5-1 to Aberdeen in the tournament final.

The Canadians reached the final with a 4-1 win over Huron on Friday, a 1-0 win over the host Grand Forks team on Saturday and a 12-4 victory over Alexandria Saturday evening.

The Boston Pizza Royals defeated the Fort Frances Times Tigers 5-2 in the final of a Pee Wee B tournament in International Falls.

Reed Ste. Croix notched three goals for the winners and finished with a tournament-high 11 goals in four games.

Lake of the Woods earned third-place honours with a 5-2 win over the Emo Express White.

Emo Express Green defeated the Fort Frances Firemen 8-7 in overtime in the fifth-place game.

Jaxon Veldhuisen scored four goals in the game, including the game-winner.

International Falls won the seventh-place game with an 8-1 win over the Dryden Paperkings.

Round-robin action games;

International Falls 6, Emo Express Green 8

Fort Frances Times Tiger 2, Emo Express White 1

Fort Frances BP Royals 6, Lake of the Woods 4

Fort Frances Fireman 8, Dryden Green 2

Fort Frances BP Royals 8, Emo Express Green 2

Fort Frances Fireman 0, Emo Express 6

International Falls 3, Lake of the Woods 9

Dryden 0, Fort Frances Times Tigers 8

Emo Express Green 7, Lake of the Woods 12

Fort Frances Times Tigers 7, Fort Frances Fireman 1

Dryden 0, Emo Express White 9

International Falls 2, Fort Frances BP Royals 8

The Fort Frances Lakers earned a weekend split with the visiting Wisconsin Lumberjacks.

A goal by Kevin Bond in the fourth round of the shootout sealed a 6-5 win for the Lakers on Friday night, ending a fourteen-game losing streak and a seven-game losing skid on home ice.

Scoring for the Lakers in regulation were Ryker Watt with a pair, Jack Wood, Ian Snooks and Bo Gartzke with his first.

The Lakers could not keep the momentum going into Saturday and were dropped 13-3 by Wisconsin.

Wood, Brady Krentz and Josh Greene scored for the home side that was outshot 65-34.

In high school sports in International Falls, the Broncos boys’ hockey team lost 7-3 to Red Lake Falls on Saturday.

Julius Maish, Matt Wherley and Nate Dremmel scored for the Falls.

The Broncos varsity girls’ basketball team fell to Duluth Marshall on Saturday, 91-29.

Piper Tomczak had a team-high eight points for the Broncos.

The juniors lost 47-33.

Ellie Rein led the team with eight points.

The boys’ team dropped a 79-40 decision to Proctor on Saturday.

Landon Budris paced the Broncos with 18 points.

The Broncos boys swim team competed in a triangular on Friday with Proctor and Rock Ridge.

Michael Sobkowicz finisfirst in diving.

Brendyn Scholler was second in the 100 free.

Trygg Hegstad was third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Broncos’ relay teams finished second in the 200-yard free and 400-yard free.

The Rainy River Voyageurs men’s basketball team defeated Vermilion on Saturday, 76-48.

Tyreke Francois led Rainy River with 18 points.

The win, their third straight, moved Voyageurs into a tie for second in the MCAC Northern Division with Mesabi Range.

The women split a pair of weekend games, losing 56-55 in overtime to Gogebic on Saturday before holding on to a 61-55 win over Mesabi Range on Sunday.

Maddie Lowe led the Voyageurs with 17 points and ten rebounds in Saturday’s game, with Azahriah Ellis notched a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds on Sunday.

Lowe recorded a second straight double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Stratton’s Jackie McCormick and Trevor Bonot fell short in bids to represent Northern Ontario at national curling events later this year.

McCormick lost 12-6 to Sudbury’s Krysta Burns in a semi-final game in the women’s championship on Sunday.

Her brother lost 7-5 to the Tanner Horgan rink of Sudbury in a semi-final game on the men’s side.

Bonot had reached the men’s playoffs with an upset win over the seven-time defending champ Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie.


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