FFGWHA teams shine at Stars Cup


Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association teams had an outstanding showing at the Stars Cup hockey tournament over the weekend in Winnipeg.
The Fort Frances Atom Leafs competed in the A2 division along with eight other teams, where they took home the home the silver medal.
The Leafs started out strong with a 3-0 win over the Elkhorn Jr. Canadians in their opening game.
Shayna Shute earned the shutout between the pipes while Nika Kasper, Emma Wilson, and Makayla Gibbs supplied the goals.
The second game saw the squad defeat the St. Boniface Stars in a 7-0 shutout.
Shute nabbed her second-straight shutout while Ayanna Savage, Wilson, Rayna Whitefish, Sayler Easton, Gibbs, Davilyn Miller, and Harper Woolsey all bulged the twine.
The Leafs then suffered their first loss in a 2-0 setback against a strong Grand Plains team.
But the squad rebounded with a big 5-2 win over the Kenora Blizzard. Miller and Wilson both scored twice while Ainsley Matheson also found the back of the net.
The Leafs’ 3-1 record was good enough to get themselves into the A2 championship game, forcing a rematch against Grand Plains.
Fort Frances jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Easton and Matheson but Grand Plains managed to rally and make the game a thriller.
Grand Plains completed the comeback to win the game by a score of 3-2 to capture the tourney championship, leaving the Leafs with silver.
It was an outstanding effort by the Atom girls representing their hometown of Fort Frances.
The Fort Frances PeeWee Leafs, meanwhile, competed against 11 other teams in the PeeWee A2 division.
The Leafs opened play with a 2-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on goals by Piper Miller and Jersey Rose.
Next up was a game against the St. Boniface Stars Purple, which the squad won handily by a score of 4-0.
Piper Miller scored twice in that one while Hayden Allam and Myla Perreault also bulged the twine.
Harper Gunderson earned the shutout in net.
The Leafs’ third game saw them matched up with a very strong team from Grand Plains.
The squad battled hard but ultimately dropped a 2-1 decision, with Piper Miller scoring the lone goal.
Fort Frances’ record was strong enough to put the Leafs into the bronze final against the K-Town Inferno from Kenora.
Kenora opened the scoring, which forced the Leafs to play catch-up the rest of the game.
The Leafs first two goals came from Piper Miller and Hayden Allam. The squad then tied the game in the third period on a point-shot from Elena Copenace.
After overtime solved nothing, the game went to a shootout.
Julia Guertin scored first in the shootout before Copenace put the game on ice with a backhander to the top shelf to win the game and give the Leafs the silver medal.
Again, it was another outstanding tournament for the PeeWee girls representing their home town of Fort Frances.
Last but certainly not least, the Fort Frances Bantam Ice Devils captured the bronze medal in the Bantam A2 division while representing Fort Frances with pride and enthusiasm.
The Ice Devils opened up the tournament with a 2-1 win over the St. Boniface Stars on clutch goals from Shay Mannausau in the third period.
The squad then dropped a 6-2 decision to the other team from Fort Frances, the Goonies.
Scoring for the Ice Devils was Mannausau.
The Ice Devils then lost 3-0 to the Lake of the Woods Flyers, which set up a rematch against the Goonies for the bronze.
This time, the Ice Devils beat the Goonies by a 2-0 score to take home the bronze.
Elizabeth Cousineau and Mackenna Bruyere provided the goals for the Ice Devils while Alexa Yerxa stood tall between the pipes to earn the shutout.