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The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club has been around the Thunder Bay area for seventy nine years (incorporated in 1936). We have three clubs in our organization. From Midget "AA", Midget "A" and Bantam "A". We would like to welcome all to our Webste, and hope you enjoy. We will updating information every day. The Fort William Hurricanes have been given their clubs with Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Assocation for the 2017-2018 upcoming hockey season. At this time we like to welcome all returning players and parents for the 2017-18 hockey season, good luck to all teams.
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Congrats goes out to the Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's and the Midget AA's for winning there quarter and semi final series. The Bantams won two straight in defeating the Westfort Maroons two games to none in a best two of three, while the Midget AA's also swept their semi-final series versus the Westend Bruins going three and zero. Good luck to both teams in their next round of playoff action. "GO HERKS"
Jordan Meservia would score three times and help the Midget AA Fort William Hurricanes record a 7-1 win over the Westend Bruins,the Herks would win the best three out of five semi-final series three games to none, the win now moves the Herks into the TBMHA's Midget AA Championship Final. Still to be determined is an opponent as the other semi-final has the Fort William Canadiens up a game on the Current River Comets, 2-1.
The Hurricanes would score with 6:18 left in the opening frame as Jonathan Friesen's twenty first of the year made it 1-0, Meservia would get his first of the game a minute six seconds later making it 2-0, Eric Weirsema's solo dash would make it 3-0 scoring his fifth. The first would come to end with the Canes up by three, Westend would manage four shots on Herks goaltender Jaydan Delaqua, while the Canes offence had 12 shots.
Both teams would exchange goals in the second period and the Bruins would mount an offence with fourteen shots. But Meservia would get his second of the game and 11th of the season,making the score 4-0, Westend would reply a minute later as Cameron Waddington's shot leaked through Delaqua and made it 4-1. Period two would come to end again the Canes holding a three goal advantage. Shots were a at lot closer, the Herks with 12 and the Bruins at 14.
Four minutes into the final frame the Hurricanes would strike again with Anthony Tassone scoring his 18th, it would be his sixth of the series, Mason Hachey would make it 6-1 scoring from the point giving him four on the year, with 2:29 left in the game Meservia's 12th of the season would complete his hat trick night.
It was a dominate series performance by the Hurricanes as they would only allow two goals against and score twenty one in the three games. Even playing shorthanded due to injuries the team came together for a complete team effort. A rest might be what is needed to get some bodies back, as the next action for the Herks will be the Tournament of Champions being held this weekend.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Friesen 21 ( Furtado, Tassone ) 6:18. Meservia 10
( M. Crupi, Blekkenhorst ) 5:12. Wiersema 5 ( Cross ) 4:53.
penalties; Bruins; Decorte, tripping, 8:32.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Meservia 11 ( Friesen, Meloche ) 11:38.
Bruins; Waddington ( unassisted ) 10:45.
penalties; HERKS; Tassone, int. 6:34.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Tassone 18 ( Furtado, R.Crupi ) 10:51. Hachey 5 ( Appel,
Friesen ) 9:29. Meservia 12 ( R.Crupi, Appel ) 2:29.
penalties; HERKS; Furtado, double minor, head check, 7:33. R.Crupi, tripping,
0:30. Bruins; Dale, double minor, head check, 7:33. Crocker, unsportsmanlike, 7:33. Decorte,boarding,6:13.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 12 12 14 38
Bruins 4 14 9 27
The Bantam A Fort William Hurricanes would break open a 1-1 third period by scoring three times and go onto a 4-2 win over the Westfort Maroons taking the Quarter Final series two games to none, with the win the Herks will advance to the Semi-Finals in Thunder Bay Minor Hockey play downs. an opponent to be determined. The Hurricanes would score three goals in under two minutes in period three, Lawrence Jackson, Brahm Langille and Evan Basalyga provided the quick scoring offence, Carter Salo also scored, Cole Kutzler chipped in with three assists. And Hurricanes goaltender Carson Power provided a very strong performance in goal.
Period one would see the Canes score the only goal with Salo scoring his 8th of the year. Power would not give an inch in goal stopping all eleven Maroon shots.
The Maroons would tie the game late in the second period with Gavin Hemeon banging in a rebound making it 1-1 after two. The Westfort club brought the offence to the table but could only get one goal by Power on the 19 shots they released.
After the break, whatever was said by the Hurricanes coaching staff must have registered, because thats when the scoring explosion came. Lawrence would get things going with his ninth of the year scoring at 11:53 of period three, nineteen seconds later Langille's tenth made it 3-1, then at 10:08 Basalyga would make it 4-1 with his team leading twenty fifth of the season. The Herks played a dump and chase game for most of the final period, with only one flaw, that would be an end to end rush by Maroon D-Man Jordan Rintakangas scoring on Power with 2:45 remaining, but that would be all the Canes net minder would allow, and the Herks would go and win the game 4-2.
As of this writing no opponent has been declared for the Herks but it looks the Bantam Semi-Finals should get underway on Wednesday March 7th, 2018.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Salo 8 ( Ruberto, Kutzler ) 3:17.
penalties; HERKS; Lawrence, 10 misconduct, 9:25. Maroons; Rintakangas, head check, 1:51.
2ND PERIOD; Marrons; Hemeon ( Rintakangas, Coates ) 4:06.
penalties; HERKS; Gray, tripping, 8:10.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Lawrence 9 ( Ruberto, Salo ) 11:53. Langille 10 ( Kutzler) pp.11:34. Basalyga 25 ( Tsekouras, Kutzler ) 10:08. Maroons; Rintakangas
( unassisted ) 2:45.
penalties; HERKS; Zawadzki, tripping, 9:03. Kutzler, tripping, 3:05. Maroons; Burgess, tripping, 11:35. Burgess, boarding, 6:23.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 8 8 11 27
Maroons 11 19 7 37
The Bantam A Fort William Hurricanes scored a 6-3 win over the Westfort Maroons, with the win the Herks take a 1 game to none lead, in a best two of three quarter final series. The Herks were led by Cole Kutzler and Evan Basalyga with two goals apiece and a solid performance in goal by Carson Power with a 33 save game.
The Maroons would get on the board first scoring on the power play with Ryan Breukelman tipping in a shot by Power for a 1-0 lead at 8:34. The Canes would strike back and tie the game 1-1 Kutzler netting his 11th with 2:47 remaining in period one. Power would face 13 shots, while the Herks directed six shots at the Westfort net.
Basalyga's twenty third of the year would give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead scoring early in the middle frame, but Westfort would tie the game a minute later as Tyrese Whitehead would slide one into the back of the net. The Canes would strike for three unanswered goals in a nine minute span. Carter Salo's seventh would break the tie at the 9:41 mark, Basalyga's 24th at 9:26 would make it 4-2 Herks, and with one second left Kutzler would blast a shot by the maroon goalie for his 12th of the year. The second period would end with the Hurricanes holding a 5-2 lead.
The final period would see both teams exchange goals Marcus Zawadzki's 20th made it 6-2 for the Canes, Jordan Rintakangas would score the Maroons third goal and the contest would end 6-3 in favour of the Herks.
A well put together game for the Hurricanes from the goaltending, defence and a much needed offence. The Herks will have to have the same kinda game, if they want to grab a 2-0 series lead, the Marrons will not lie down and hand the Canes the win. Next game will be Saturday March 3rd,2018. 11:00 am. Port Arthur Arena.
1ST PERIOD; Maroons; Breukelman ( Kendra ) pp. 8:34. HERKS; Kutzler 11
( Langille, Lawrence ) 2:47.
penalties; HERKS; Basalyga, tripping, 10:08. Maroons; Kaplanis, xcheck, 5:01.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Basalyga 22 ( unassisted ) 12:12. Maroons; Whitehead
( Burgess, Makela ) 11:31. HERKS; Salo 7 ( Melissis ) 9:41. Basalyga ( unassisted)
9:26. Kutzler 12 ( Langille, Tsekouras ) PP. 0:01.
penalties; Maroons; Kaplanis, hooking, 1:10.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Zawadzki 20 ( MacMillian ) 13:04. Maroons; Rintakanges
( Burgess ) 10:32.
penalties; HERKS; Ruberto, int.5:40. Kutzler, roughing, 1:00. Maroons; Kaplanis,
roughing, 2:23. Tienhaara, double minor,head check, 1:00.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 6 11 9 26
Maroons 13 10 13 36
The Midget A1 Fort William Hurricanes season came to a disappointing end on Sunday evening after battling the Thunder Bay Elks to a 3-3 tie. The Herks needed to beat the Elks and would need some help from the Nipigon Elks beating the Fort William Canadiens, for the Midget A team to reach the post season. The tie would seal their fate and the playoffs were not to be. The Hurricanes played a good game, but would let a 3-0 lead get away from them. Matthew Pogue his fifth and Nick Zappitelli's third, would score two minutes apart in the first period giving the Herks a 2-0 lead after one. Hurricanes starting goalie Mike Simkanin would keep the Elks of the scoresheet by stopping all eleven shots fired his way.
Period two was an Elks sorta period as they would grind and grind and keep the Hurricanes penned up in their zone, the Elks would pepper Simkanin with 17 shots, the Canes would take advantage of some play in the offensive zone and Noah Francis would give the Herks a 3-0 lead with his 15th, with 3:13 left and things looked a little promising, but forty six seconds later the Elks would get on making 3-1 with two complete as Nicholas Staruch found the back of the net on Simkanin.
Forty seconds into the final period the Elks would strike again with Matthew Toderash scoring making it 3-2 Herks. The Hurricanes would try and protect their one goal lead and with 3:55 left Dawson Grant would tie the game at 3-3. Simkanin did all he could as once agin he faced a barrage of Elks shots 15 was the count.
The game would end on a sour note as both teams would be involved in a major scuffle.
The Hurricanes faded down the home stretch, having a few chances to seal up that final playoff spot, but the little inconstancy at times would haunt them. The coaching staff were still very high on a great bunch kids, well mannered and a joy to coach were some of the words expressed by the staff.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Pogue 5 ( C.Anderson, Zappitelli ) 11:20. Zapitelli 3 ( B. Anderson ) 9:30.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Francis ( Badalato ) 3:13. Elks; Staruch ( Remus ) 2:26.
penalties; HERKS; Pellizarri, double minor head check, 11:45. Littleford, rough, 11:09. Badalto, slashing, 9:52. Baxter, tripping, 1:20. Elks; Magill, check, 13:24. Staruch, xcheck,9:52.
3RD PERIOD; Elks; Toderash ( Ford,Sargent ) 14:18. Grant ( Ball, Staruch ) 3:55.
penalties; Pellizzari, 5 min slashing, game misconduct, 0:00. Deswiage, 5 min, fighting, game misconduct, head check, 0:00.
shots on goal
1st 2nd 3rd Final
HERKS 8 3 7 18
Elks 11 17 15 43
After the Midget AA's clinched the TBMHA division title, there would be no rest for the team as they headed out on a 14 hour bus trip to the big city of Detroit, Michigan to compete in the Motown Cup. They would go undefeated and win the Championship.
The Herks would open the tournament with a 4-1 win over the Soo Tornados, Jonathan Friesen would score twice in the game including the game winner. Other scorers for the Canes would be Anthony Tassone and Jesse Appel, Richard Crupi would chip in with two assists. Jaydan Delaqua would get the win in goal for the Hurricanes. Game two was a tough one as the Canes faced off with the Oakland Bears and the contest would end up a draw at 3-3. Scoring for the Canes would be Matthew Crupi, Eric Wiersema and Chase House, with goaltender Tyler Blazino grabbing the tie. Crupi and Wiersema also had an assist each. The Gonzaga eagles would be the next opponent for the Fort William squad and it would be a 6-2 win for the Canes. Richard Crupi would lead the Herks with two goals and three assists for a five point game. Jesse Appel would also net two goals to go along with his assist, Jonathan Friesen would score his third of the tournament adding one assist, Ben Furtado had a goal, one assist game, and Anthony Tassone had a pair of helpers. Jaydan Delaqua would pick up his second win. Game four would see Friesen score his fourth of the series and it proved to be the game winner, it was scored on the power play as the Hurricanes edged out Blind River 4-2. Tyler Blazino was in goal for the win. Anthony Tassone had a three point game with a goal and two assists, Jesse Appel notched his fourth.
The Championship Final was set and the Herks new it would be a challenge as they were facing off against the same club they fought to a 3-3 tie in the round robin, the Oakland Bears. As scripted it was an exciting game as the top two teams in the tournament squared off, a fast skating hard hitting game would end up tied 2-2 after regulation. The Canes were led by Tassone and Friesen both with a goal and an assist in regulation, the Cane's both goals were scored on the power play. As the game sheets are very blurry its hard to see who scored for Oakland, while the Canes tallied once in periods one and two, with Friesen's fifth was scored in the first, with Tassone scoring in the middle frame.
There would be no scoring in overtime so the game went to a shootout. Delaqua would not be scored on and it would take Tassone to score the only goal giving the Herks a 3-2 win and claim the Motown Cup.
The win was a total team effort from the offence,defence and goaltending, so as they say when you play as a team you win as a team.
The Hurricanes would return home and play their last regular season game and it would see the Herks and the Volunteer Pool Bearcats play to a 1-1 draw.
next up for the Midget AA's will be semi final playoff action Monday February 26th.
The Hurricanes (13-5-10) and the Westend Bruins (8-15-5) will start their of five Midget AA Semi-Finals Monday February 26th, 2018, starting time will be 6:30 pm, Fort William First Nation #1. Game two will be at Fort William First Nation #1, 6:00 pm, Thursday March 1st, the third game of the series will be on Sunday March 4th, Delaney Arena 6:00 pm start time. The Herks and the Bruins were dead even during the regular season with identical record at two wins, two losses and three ties. The other Semi-Final will see the Current River Comets (13-10-3) take on the Fort William Canadiens (14-11-3).
Matias Maenpaa-Berube accepting the Dan Rusnak Bursary
Zach Francis Midget AA Hurricanes with Ron McLean.