Bantam Warriors finish fifth


Kristofer Cochrane’s timing was impeccable.
Cochrane scored what reportedly were his first two goals of the season in his team’s last tournament game to lead the Fort Frances Wu Warriors to a 4-1 victory over the Fort Frances Holmlund Leafs in the fifth-place final of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association’s six-team Bantam ‘A’ boys’ tournament Sunday at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Noah Woods got the Leafs off to a good start—winning an offensive zone face-off and taking the puck straight to the net before beating Warriors’ goalie Darian Klem stick side for a 1-0 lead.
Cochrane responded later in the first after reeling in a neat flip pass over the net from Adam George and putting it past Leafs’ goalie Tanner Williamson.
The Warriors were awarded a penalty shot at 7:11 of the second after Leafs’ defenceman Brant Spuzak was caught covering the puck in the crease during a flurry of action.
Cameron Bowles took the penalty shot and made no mistake—pulling off a double-deke move before going upstairs with a forehand on Williamson to put the Warriors up 2-1.
George later made a more conventional centering pass to Cochrane, who zipped a one-timer by Williamson just 50 seconds into the period.
Then before that goal could be announced, Colton Allen dashed down the right-wing and fired a hard shot from the top of the circle at the two-minute mark to round out the scoring.
Klem earned the win in goal while Williamson took the loss.
The Warriors opened with a 4-2 win over the Atikokan Voyageurs.
Lamar Lucas, Bowles, and Carson Noga scored for the Warriors (the fourth scorer was not identified on the gamesheet).
Kenora trounced the Warriors 6-1 in their second game, with Noga getting the lone marker.
The problems continued in the Warriors’ preliminary-round finale as they were thumped 6-1 by International Falls.
Noga again had the only goal
As for the Leafs, it was tough sledding from the outset as Atikokan hung a 4-2 loss on them in their opener.
Kaden Kocuiba had both markers for Holmlund.
The Leafs then fell 7-2 to International Falls, with Matthew Mainville and Woods supplied the goals.
Lake of the Woods (Baudette) blanked International Falls 5-0 in the final while Kenora downed Atikokan 5-1 in the bronze-medal game.