Local ‘AA’ teams shine


The PeeWee ‘AA’ Canadians doubled the Current River Comets 6-3 to claim the HNO branch championship back on March 11 in Thunder Bay.
The Bantam ‘AA’ Canadians also won their championship game in Thunder Bay that weekend with a 9-3 drubbing of the host Beavers.
The Atom ‘AA’ Canadians, meanwhile, settled for the silver medal in their tourney action after dropping a heart-breaking 1-0 overtime decision to the Northern Selects in the final.
The Atoms had opened the tourney with a 2-1 shootout loss to the North End Flames on the Saturday.
The Canadians’ lone goal was scored in the first period.
But the squad rebounded later in the day with a 4-0 shutout of the Neebing Hawks.
Hunter McLean netted a hat trick in that one to pace the offence.
Then early Sunday, the Canadians doubled the Westfort Rangers 4-2 on the strength of three first-period goals.
Layt Hanson scored twice while Lucas Bailey added a single.
Bailey then netted his second of the game in the third period to cap the scoring.
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Rainy River native Cole Tymkin has had an impressive offensive surge of late with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
The 18-year-old forward earned an assist in the Knights’ 4-3 overtime win over the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday to give him seven points over his last seven games (two goals and five assists).
Tymkin has accumulated eight goals and 18 helpers through 58 games so far this season with London, his second in the OHL.