PeeWee Canadians nab tourney crown


The PeeWee Canadians proved they were the “stars” over the weekend in Thunder Bay.
The squad went a perfect 6-0 en route to capturing the championship at the Norwest Tournament of Stars.
Sunday saw them locking horns with the host Stars in the final.
Aidan Taggart, Noah McPherson, and Evan Kabel all scored to lead the Canadians to a 3-0 triumph.
Brayton Levesque earned the shutout in goal.
The Canadians had opened play Friday with a 3-2 win over the KC Sabres.
Landon Lowes, Emerson Evans, and McPherson all tallied in that one.
Then they eked out a 4-3 victory over the Stars on goals by Klyde LaPlante, McPherson, Jack Davis, and Evans.
Levesque earned the win in both games.
Then on Saturday, the Canadians cruised to a 6-0 shutout of the PeeWee ‘AA’ Queens.
LaPlante led the way with a hat trick while Bo Gartzke, Evans, and Teagan Wrolstad added singles.
Hayden Beckett earned the shutout.
The squad then followed that up with a 5-3 victory over the Westfort Rangers to head into the semi-finals with a perfect 4-0 record.
Dylan Tessier, Lowes, Royce Allan, LaPlante, and Ashton Veldhuisen all had markers.
Beckett also earned the win in that one.
Then in Sunday’s semi-final, the Canadians doubled the Neebing Hawks 4-2 to advance to the championship game.
McPherson, Lowes, Kade Evan Bruyere, and Evans provided the goals while Levesque earned the win.
The Fort Frances Causeway Cougars, meanwhile, were in action over the weekend in an Atom tournament in Kenora.
In an all-Fort final, they blanked Gillons’ 3-0.
Both teams went a perfect 3-0 to advance to the ‘A’ final.
The Fort Frances Rainy Lake Attack finished fourth at the tourney.
As well, the Atom ‘AA’ Canadians snagged the silver medal at the 64-team Squirt International tournament held Feb. 15-18 in Fargo, N.D.
Fort Frances went a perfect 5-0 before falling 6-2 in the final to the Alaska Blue Devils.
They opened with a 6-0 shutout of the Sioux City Flyers, then downed Orono 5-3.
Then they cruised to a pair of blowout wins–7-2 over the Rosemount Irish Blue and 7-1 against the Grand Forks Crunch.
The Canadians then beat the Jamestown White 4-1 to advance to the final.