99ers win home tourney

The Fort Frances Atom ‘AA’ DPMG.com 99ers hockey team hosted its annual tournament over the weekend.
After playing two games on Friday and two more on Saturday, the 99ers earned an undefeated record and the number-one seed in the ‘A’-side final on Sunday.
To open the tournament Friday morning, the 99ers faced the Dryden Paper Knights. Led by Braden Webb’s two-goal effort, with singles from Hunter Leishman and Ian Kitt, the host squad blanked Dryden 4-0.
Mark Loveday earned the shutout in goal.
Curran Strachan, Nolan Vold, and Chandler Cousineau also played well for the 99ers and added assists.
Then on Friday evening, the 99ers continued their fine team play and rallied to score three goals in the third period to tie the Kenora Thistles 5-5.
Webb once again led the way with a pair of goals while Matthew Cheetham, Tyler Mosbeck, and Anders Johnson added singles.
Loveday turned away 23 shots to earn the tie.
At noon on Saturday, the 99ers used strong passing and all three lines to dump the Neebing Hawks 12-2. This time it was Brandon Bodnar providing solid goaltending.
Leishman sparked the offensive outburst with a four-goal effort while Johnson netted a pair. Rounding out the scoring were Cousineau, Kitt, Jared Bethune, Mosbeck, Josh Gouin, and Brody McPherson.
The 99ers then needed to tie or beat the Nor-West Stars on Saturday evening to get into the ‘A’-side final. And they did just that—jumping out to a 4-1 lead after two periods en route to an 8-4 victory.
Goals from Leishman, Kitt, Mosbeck, Webb, and Johnson sealed the first-place seed for the 99ers.
Meanwhile, Loveday stopped 26 shots while Jack Hamilton and Kole Pitkanen played strong defensive games for the 99ers.
The 99ers then faced the same fast-skating Nor-West Stars in the ‘A’ final on Sunday.
They used a balanced forechecking attack from all three lines, strong defensive play from the blue-liners, and stellar goaltending from Mark Loveday to beat the Stars 3-2.
Mosbeck, Johnson, and Leishman were the goal scorers.
The 99ers return to tournament action this weekend (Feb. 9-11) in Dryden.