Crushers get burned by Flames

Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Armstrong Crushers unfortunately felt the heat Sunday.
An early goal was all the North End Flames (Thunder Bay) needed to eke out a 1-0 shutout win in the ‘B’ final of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association’s annual Novice tournament at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Owen Trevisanutto broke in all alone and snapped a shot top shelf past Crushers’ goalie Dakoda Wilson just 1:19 into the first period to give the Flames the only goal they would need.
The Crushers opened play Friday with a 3-2 victory over the Westfort Athletics (Thunder Bay).
Willem Kirk-Bertens netted all three of the squad’s goals while Wilson earned the win between the pipes.
But they ended the day being routed 9-0 by the Neebing Golden Hawks (Thunder Bay).
On Saturday, the Neebing Thunderwolves romped to a 7-2 victory over the Crushers.
Chase Felix and Kirk-Bertens bulged the twine in a losing cause.
Then Sunday morning saw the Crushers rebound with a 5-0 shutout win over the Fort Frances Fine Foods Fury.
Kirk-Bertens tallied four times in that one while Brexton Bruyere got the other goal.
Wilson earned the shutout.
Fort Frances Taggs, meanwhile, fell 4-1 to the Kenora Strone in Sunday’s ‘C’ final.
Chase Councillor netted the squad’s lone goal in the second period.
Taggs had opened play Friday with a 3-0 loss to the Emo Express.
Connor Wilson scored twice while Parker Wiersema added a single for Emo.
Then Fort Frances capped the day with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the VP Bearcats (Thunder Bay).
The squad scored their lone goal with eight seconds to go to spoil the shutout (goal scorer was unidentified.)
Then on Saturday, Taggs rebounded with a 3-3 tie against the Fort Frances DC Giants.
Jayce Gavel, Drake Bodnar, and Gage Mckinnon tallied for Taggs.
Max Hanson scored twice while Robert Handberg replied for the DC Giants.
Up next, the Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association will host its competitive Atom, PeeWee, Bantam, and Midget tournament this Friday through Sunday at the Memorial Sports Centre.