Local players in RBC Cup semis

Staff

Should tomorrow’s RBC Cup semi-finals turn out a certain way, a Fort Frances native will be skating around with the trophy come Sunday.
Davis Ross and the host Portage Terriers (MJHL) locked up first place with a 3-2 win over the Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) in their round-robin finale last night in Portage la Prairie, Man.
Ross had no points but plenty of anxious moments in the third period with the Terriers clinging a one-goal lead.
The defenceman, who had one assist in five games during the preliminary round, was whistled for roughing at 8:20.
Then not long after getting out of the box, he drew a high-sticking penalty.
Both times, though, his Portage teammates bailed him out.
Melfort, which ended up fourth in the standings, will face the Terriers again tomorrow night in one semi-final showdown.
The other will pit the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL), whose roster includes Fort native Jordan Larson, against the Penticton Vees (BCHL) tomorrow afternoon.
The Vees vaulted into second place past the Canadians after beating the last-place Soo Thunderbirds 5-2 earlier yesterday.
The Thunderbirds (NOJHL) went winless in Portage after capturing the Dudley Hewitt Cup here earlier this month.
Larson finished the week tied for seventh in tournament scoring with four points in five games.
The RBC Cup final goes Sunday at 7 p.m. on TSN.