Canadians just keep rolling along

The Fort Frances Canadians Midget ‘AA’ hockey team continued its season of strong performances with a pair of road wins on the weekend.
The Canadians skated in the Duluth Junior Gold Invitational Tournament last Friday and Saturday and just missed qualifying for the tournament’s “final four” playoff round.
The 16-team tournament featured four pools of four teams, with the top squad from each pool moving on to the championship round.
The Canadians were pooled with Hastings, Mn., Minnetonka (Minneapolis), and a very strong club from Sioux Falls, S.D.
Dave Egan’s charges opened play with a 5-2 victory over Hastings on Friday night. Ryan Shortreed held the hot hand, netting a pair of goals, while Devon Ball, Jared Baker, and Jordan Sinclair added singles.
Next up was a date with Minnetonka—a rugged re-match from a previous tournament.
The fast, physical affair was a nail-biter throughout, with the Canadians finally pulling out a 5-4 victory courtesy of a late-game breakaway goal by Baker.
David Chambers, Sinclair, Shortreed, and Ball also scored for the Canadians.
The victory put the Canadians into a must-win situation against smooth-skating Sioux Falls. The victor likely would move on to the championship round while the loser would head home.
In textbook fashion, the Canadians built a 2-0 lead on goals by Logan Allen and Shortreed (his fourth of the weekend)—and carried the advantage deep into the third period.
However, a couple of pretty plays later, Sioux Falls had snuck in three goals over the final three minutes to edge the Canadians 3-2 and claim first place in the pool.
The Canadians hit the road again this weekend, this time to the Twin Cities, where they’ll attend the Shattuck St. Mary’s Midget ‘AA’ tournament.
The local squad will open play Friday at 8 p.m. versus Okotoks, Alta.