Fort, Emo squads prevail

The Fort Frances Pinewood Blades Bantams and Emo Esso PeeWees prevailed as the girls took over the Memorial Sports Centre here over the weekend for the first half of the local association’s sixthannual tournament.
PeeWee, Bantam, and Midget girls’ teams from around the region—23 in total—participated in the tourney as well as a skills competition.
“It’s supposed to be fun, but it’s very competitive,” said Pinewood Blades coach Dennis Calder, whose team won their final 2-1.
“It was a real good game, two good teams,” he noted. “This is the third tournament we’ve won this year. It lets us know where we are in Northwestern Ontario.”^The three levels of teams all played three games in their respective pools, with the leaders based on team scoring.
The top teams in each pool advanced to the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon, with those winners playing in the finals Sunday.
In the PeeWee final, Emo Esso dumped the Dryden PT Cruisers 8- 1. Meanwhile, the Dryden Coyotes beat the Thunder Bay Maroons in the Midget final.
“It’s been getting bigger and bigger every year,” said Dori Barker, one of the tourney organizers.
But perhaps the most popular event of the weekend was the skills competition, in which the 23 teams—four Midget, 10 Bantam, and nine PeeWee—were divided into four squads and pitted against each other in several different events, including a relay race and obstacle course.
“Teams come here just to do that,” said Calder.
The second half of the tournament starts this Friday when the Novice and Atom girls’ teams take to the ice here.