Flames burn bright in Thunder Bay

A philosophical change brought on by necessity couldn’t douse the red-hot run of the Fort Frances Firemen Flames.
Without their top defenceman for most of the game, the Flames hunkered down and managed to hold off the Westfort Rangers (Thunder Bay) 1-0 to win the PeeWee ‘A’ crown at the Elks Central Canada tournament there last weekend.
The Flames had scored 29 goals in five games leading up to their battle with the Rangers. But when blueliner Ben Morrisseau was ejected for hitting from behind at the 3:50 mark of the first period, the Flames put defence first while waiting for Westfort to make a mistake.
That error came with 10:33 left in the third when captain Alex Shoemaker cashed in an Irv Lockman feed. The Flames then dug in their heels and helped goalie Joe McMillan earn the shutout to secure the title.
Garrett Howells sparked the Flames to a 6-1 victory over the Neebing Islanders in their opening game.
Howells scored twice, including the game-winner, and added an assist while Faron Morrisseau also had a pair of goals. Shawn Bruyere and Lockman added singles.
Lockman was the man of the hour in the Flames’ 6-2 win over the Thunder Bay Elks Play It Again squad, compiling a hat trick and adding an assist.
Faron Morrisseau, Ben Morrisseau, and Shoemaker also scored for Fort Frances.
Then a three-goal third period put the Flames over the top in a 5-3 victory over the Northwood Knights.
Shoemaker and Howells connected 1:28 apart early in the final frame to break a 2-2 tie after two. Faron Morrisseau added a pair while Lockman pitched in with a goal and two assists.
More Lockman magic propelled the Flames to a 5-2 win over OPG Westfort in their final game of the preliminary round as the top Flames scorer in the tournament (nine goals/eight assists) netted a pair of goals and added an assist.
Bruyere, Faron Morrisseau, and Howells each scored once to put the Flames into a semi-final showdown against the Fort William Hurricanes.
Goals by Nathan Calder and Cole Calder 20 seconds apart in the second period quickly downgraded the Hurricanes to a drizzle as the Flames skated away with a 7-3 win.
Lockman had another big outing in that one, posting two goals and two assists, while Faron Morrisseau added another pair to go along with Nathan Calder’s second goal of the game.