Tom Thumbs duel in Dryden

All five local Tom Thumb teams put in strong performances at an tournament in Dryden over the weekend.
Skates and Blades led the way by going 3-0 in their four-team pool, which was second overall in the 24-team field.
They opened with a 5-1 win over Emo O.P.P (Matt Goldamer was named player of the game), a 7-0 blanking of Red Lake (Blake Dolph) and a narrow 2-1 win over a Kenora squad (Lyndon Brown scored the game-winning goal late in the third period to earn player of the game honours).
But they ran into a bigger Dryden Leaf team in the ‘A’ semi-finals Sunday, giving up two early goals en route to a 4-0 loss.
“They got up earlier on us,” said Skates and Blades co-coach Greg Madill. “We held them off for a while. Our kids played a good game.”
Westend Motors opened the tourney with a 4-3 loss to the Dryden Blues but won their next four, 6-1 over Kenora Petro Canada, 9-0 over Red Lake. In the ‘B’ playoffs, they upended the Dryden Canadians in the semi-finals and nipped Atikokan 3-2 to take the ‘B’ crown.
The Times Tigers won the ‘C’ title. They lost 3-0 to the Dryden Leafs to open play on Friday and then tied the Century Cinema Stars 4-4 and shutout Sioux Lookout 4-0 to finish pool play at 1-1-1.
The Tigers needed a shootout to beat the Red Hounds 4-3 in the semi-finals and a double overtime goal from Andrew Gobeil to edge the Dryden Hawks 2-1 in the final.
“Those were some of the closest games we’ve been in,” said Tigers co-coach Bob Green. “It was a lot of fun.”
The Hawks had earlier eliminated the local Taggs squad 3-2 in their semi-final game. Taggs had gone 2-1 in pool play, beating the Kenora Subway Sharks 5-0, and the Ignace Phantoms 7-5 before losing to the Dryden Canadians 3-2.
The Place finished 1-2 in pool play and did not qualify for the playoffs (scores not available).
The five squads will get another chance to play their rivals at their home tournament this weekend. Fourteen teams will start play at the Ice for Kids and ’52 Canadians arenas Friday.
“It should be good to get another crack at those teams this weekend,” said Madill.