After more than a two-week layoff, the Fort Frances Thunderhawks take to the skies this weekend for a pair of games.
The local senior men’s hockey squad, who lost their debut game 7-6 to the Kenora Thistles on Nov. 10 at the Ice For Kids Arena, once again will defend home ice—this time in a two-game series against the Thunder Bay Twins.
The Twins were supposed to be Fort Frances’ inaugural opponent on Nov. 7 and 8 here. But problems in getting the Thunderhawks’ paperwork officially registered with Hockey Northwestern Ontario in time caused the two games to be scrapped.
This weekend’s showdown is not makeup games but part of the original Fort Frances schedule of 12 games, which now has been reduced to 10.
The Thunderhawks fought back from a 6-3 deficit in the third period against Kenora before losing in a shootout.
The newly-formed team hopes to build on the momentum of that game and match, if not surpass, the estimated crowd of 700 fans who turned out for the opener.
There is a time change for both games of the series against the Twins.
The one Friday night is now scheduled for 8:30 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. to give Thunder Bay enough time to get its players here after finishing their work days.
And Saturday’s game will move from 7:30 p.m. to an earlier start time of 7 p.m.