Unbeaten Canadians set for second season

It was like shovelling snow an hour before Hockey Night in Canada—the work has to get done, but everyone can’t wait for the fun to begin.
The Fort Frances Midget ‘AA’ Canadians completed their stay in the “Red” Division of the Manitoba Eastman Midget League with a pair of workmanlike victories last weekend on the road.
The Canadians dumped the Southern Steelers 4-1 on Saturday, then blanked a disappointing Steinbach Major squad 5-0 on Sunday to end the first part of their season with a 6-0-1 record.
Fort Frances now will await next Wednesday’s league meeting, when the current “Red” and “Blue” divisions of the 17-team circuit will be realigned into ‘A’ and ‘B’ ones based on how each team has done so far this season.
With nary a loss on their résumé, the Canadians almost certainly will see themselves placed in the league’s ‘A’ division for the rest of the season, which will put them in with the tougher-calibre teams from the league that the Canadians have been itching to test their mettle against.
But outstanding business had to be attended to first, which the Canadians did quite convincingly in their weekend sweep.
Trevor Lind and the Steelers’ William Calder swapped goals in the first period Saturday to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes. But a three-goal outburst in a span of 4:36 in the second swiftly put the game in the Canadians’ favour.
Bryan Chambers’ unassisted marker at 10:35 was the eventual game-winner while goals by Jason Caldwell and Tanner Ward put the icing on the Canadians’ cake.
Lind finished with two points in the game while Mark Buist earned the win between the pipes for Fort Frances.
The Canadians wasn’t as patient the following day, opting for the quick kill against Steinbach Major by going up 3-0 after one period as Ward, Brett Perreault, and captain Tyler Pocock all struck against goalie Curtis Hildebrandt.
Ward earned his second goal of the game for the only marker of the second period at 14:17. Shaun Egan then iced the game with his unassisted third period tally at 6:27.
Buist earned the shutout in goal.