Canadians fall short

With a berth at the Ontario Winter Games on the line, the Fort Frances Canadians and Fort William Hurricanes served up some firebrand hockey over the weekend at the ’52 Canadians Arena here.
Despite being outplayed through much of the first period of Game 2 of the best-of-three challenge series Saturday night, the Hurricanes took a 2-0 advantage into intermission.
After the ’Canes grabbed a three-goal lead early in the second, the host Canadians stormed back with a pair of goals by Ryan Shortreed and Matt Goldamer to cut the lead to 3-2.
Despite furious back-and-fourth action, no further scoring ensued and the Hurricanes claimed their second-consecutive victory and the Winter Games berth.
In Friday night’s opener, the Canadians drew 13 penalties and gave up six power-play markers as they dropped an 8-3 decision to visiting Fort William.
Scoring for the Canadians were Goldamer and Jared Baker in the first period and D.J. Bombay in the third.
The Hurricanes—champions of the five-team Thunder Bay Midget ‘AA’ league—now advance to the Ontario Winter Games on March 5-9 in Owen Sound.