Tigers nip Rockets in ‘B’ final

The Fort Frances Times Tigers earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Emo Rockets on Sunday to capture the ‘B’ final of “The Puck Drops Here” local IP2 hockey tournament.
Graeme Kitt got the Tigers off to a strong start with an unassisted marker with 4:26 left in the first period.
After a scoreless second period, Kitt would double the Tigers’ advantage with his second tally of the afternoon with just under five minutes to go in regulation time.
Despite being down a pair of goals, the Rockets did not quit. And they were rewarded for their effort when Terrell Hyatt converted a Zander Chalupsky pass with 14 seconds on the clock to cut the deficit in half.
But that would be as close as the Rockets would come.
The Tigers advanced to the ‘B’ final courtesy of a nail-biting 4-3 overtime win over the Kenora KMTS on Saturday.
Kitt once again provided all the offence the Tigers would need as he scored all four goals.
The Rockets, meanwhile, earned their berth in the ‘B’ final courtesy of a 5-4 win over the Kenora CC Stars in the other semi-final Saturday.
Hyatt and Chalupsky each scored a pair of markers in that one while Dawson Azevedo rounded out the scoring for the Rockets.
The Tigers had finished second in Pool ‘B’ with a 2-1 record in round-robin play, including a 3-2 win over the Kaemingh Esso Tigercats in their opener.
Kitt netted the hat trick.
But the Tigers were unable to duplicate the win later Friday evening as they fell 5-3 to the Dryden Blues.
Once again, Kitt provided all the offence for the Tigers—netting his second hat trick in as many games.
The Tigers then wrapped up round-robin play with a 6-0 shutout over the Emo Little Loggers.
Kitt and Hunter Calder led the way with a pair of goals while Jacob Glowasky and Lane Mann rounded out the scoring for the Tigers.
For their part, the Rockets finished second in Pool ‘C’ with a 2-1 record in the round-robin portion of the tournament.
The Emo squad opened action Friday afternoon with a 3-2 win over Fort Frances Skates & Blades. Hyatt bulged the twine twice while Chalupsky rounded out their scoring.
The Rockets continued to build momentum with a 9-1 win over the Kenora Zellers Ducks that evening. Hyatt led the offensive barrage with five goals, with Chalupsky adding a hat trick and Sullivan Shortreed rounding out the scoring.
The Rockets’ winning streak would come to an abrupt end Saturday, though, as they lost 6-4 to the Dryden Wings.
Chalupsky had a pair of goals in that one while Chandler Medicine and Hyatt added singles.
In other tournament action, the Atikokan Voyageurs’ netted three third-period goals en route to a 5-3 win over the Esso Tigercats in the ‘C’ final.
Evan Krassey scored a pair while Chelsey Paquette, Parker Sampson, and Scott Williams added singles for the Voyageurs. Danielle Jackson, Jessica Coran, and Amy Penner scored for the Tigercats.
And the Kenora Zellers Ducks outgunned Fort Frances Skates & Blades by a score of 7-5 to capture the ‘D’ title.
Cameron Turriff netted a hat trick while Chase McGuire added a pair of goals for Skates & Blades in that one.