Emo All-Stars win tourney

The Emo All-Stars, although small in size, were unbeatable in speed, taking the ‘A’-event of an eight-team Bantam tournament at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre over the weekend.
Ryan Witherspoon notched both goals—one each in the first and second periods—to lift Emo over the Southend Stars 2-0.
Emo was perfect in the tournament, opening action with a 4-1 win over Kennedy’s K-9s (Fort Frances) before blanking Fort Frances Wal-Mart 5-0 in their second game.
Emo later blanked Atikokan 2-0 to reach the ‘A’-event semi-finals, which pitted them against the Oddfellows (Fort Frances).
And the end result was another shutout (5-0) to propel them into the final against the Southend Stars, who had beaten Atikokan 4-1 in the other semi-final showdown.
Meanwhile, the Emo Predators captured the ‘B’-event of the Bantam tourney, getting goals from Jon Roulston (two), Ashley Woolsey, and Matt Beacham en route to a 4-1 victory over Canadian Tire (Fort Frances) in the final.
Jon Mansbridge scored for Canadian Tire in the second period.
The Predators actually opened with a pair of losses, falling 5-0 to the Oddfellows and then 7-1 to the Southend Stars. But the team advanced to the ‘B’ final by beating Wal-Mart 5-1 in the semi-finals.
Canadian Tire split its first two games, losing 8-1 to the Southend Stars but edging the Oddfellows 2-0. They then edged Kennedy’s K-9s 4-3 in the semi-finals to advance against the Predators.
In the Midget tournament also held in Emo over the weekend, the host Cowboys reached the ‘B’-event final but lost 4-3 to the Kenora Flyers in overtime.
Logan Whyte’s second tally of the contest was the game-winner in the extra period. Mitch Pearson netted Kenora’s other two goals while Craig McTavish, Scott Galusha, and Tyler Kinnear all scored for Emo.
The Cowboys opened with a narrow 3-2 loss to the Dryden Bruins, but then turned the tables on the Dryden Leafs and skated away with a 3-2 victory.
After blanking the Kenora Flyers 4-0, Emo fell 3-0 to the Current River Comets to wind up in the ‘B’ final.
The Dryden Leafs wound up winning the ‘A’-event title, edging the Comets 4-2 in the final on Dustin Harrington’s second goal of the game.
Shaun Capovilla also netted a pair for Dryden while Patrick McGuire and Adam Harris replied for Current River.
Conveners Carrie Baker (Midget) and Trudy Badiuk (Bantam) both were pleased with how well everything ran over the weekend, including the penny table and canteen.