Varying success for local teams at Classic

There was no shortage of local teams at the Robin’s Donuts Minor Hockey Classic in Thunder Bay last weekend as nine tested themselves against Northwestern Ontario’s best at the 108-team extravaganza.
While the Fort Frances K of C PeeWee Knights were the only team to bring home gold, some others showed well in the high-profile event.
The Fort Frances PeeWee ‘A’ Colonels had the second-best record of local squads with a 3-0-1 mark. They marched to victory over the NorWest Stars from Thunder Bay (5-3) and the Nakina Knights (12-2), followed by a 4-2 win over the Westfort Maroons (Thunder Bay).
They ended their weekend with a 5-5 tie against the West End Bruins (Thunder Bay).
Fort Frances IBEW also had a solid weekend in the PeeWee ‘A’ group, going 3-2 with wins over Geraldton Blue (4-2), the Neebing Penguins (6-1), and the KC Red Wings from Thunder Bay (5-2).
They lost 5-2 to the Volunteer Pool Bearcats (Thunder Bay) and 9-2 at the hands of Geraldton “White.”
The other local entry in that division was the Fort Frances Lions, who had a 1-2 mark based on reported scores.
The Lions beat Elks’ Zellers (Thunder Bay) by a 6-1 count in their opener, then dropped two-straight to the Current River Comets (Thunder Bay) and the Northwood Knights (Thunder Bay) by scores of 7-0 and 5-3, respectively.
In the IP2 division, Fort Frances Taggs was the best of a trio of local teams, going 3-1 in the tourney against a quartet of Thunder Bay squads.
Taggs beat the Elks’ A & K 8-5 in their first game before falling to the Volunteer Pool Bearcats 12-1. They rebounded with a narrow 5-4 victory over the KC Capitals, then finished with a 3-2 defeat of Elks’ Pierce.
Fort Frances Skates and Blades managed a 1-3 record, with their only win coming against the Elks’ Zellers (Thunder Bay) by a 6-2 count.
Their losses came against three other Thunder Bay-area teams, including the Fort William Hurricanes (9-0), the KC Sabres (4-2), and the Neebing Wild (7-1).
Fort Frances Foodtown Fury were kept out of the win column for the weekend, losing all four of their contests—falling 13-0 to the Westfort Maroons (Thunder Bay), 2-0 to Marathon, 6-1 to Elks’ Canadian Tire (Thunder Bay), and 5-2 to the Neebing Hawks (Thunder Bay).
And in the Atom ‘A’ group, Fort Frances Esso went 0-3-1 for the tournament, with their only bright spot being a 2-2 tie against the Neebing Whalers.
Geraldton beat Fort Frances 7-2, before the Esso squad absorbed 9-1 and 11-0 losses against the Neebing Blue Jackets and the Current River Comets, respectively.
Fort Frances Causeway had an even rougher ride at the tournament, going 0-4 with their closest outing being a 4-2 loss to the Atikokan Penguins.
The Longlac Timberwolves bested the locals 9-4 while the North End Stars (Thunder Bay) cruised to a 12-2 win. Causeway wrapped up play with a 4-0 loss to the KC Leafs (Thunder Bay).