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Regular season 2014-2015
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The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A team managed to hold the Westfort Rangers scoreless for forty minutes only to have a questionable call hand them their first  regulation loss (1-1-2), as they would fall 2-1 to the Rangers.
 Both teams would battle hard in the opening frame, playing a checking defensive game, and both starting goaltenders would stand their ground. Bradley Deswiage for the Herks would stop eight shots, while Angelina Badanai would handle seven an allow one by her. With just under five minutes left, Spencer Baxter would sneak one passed Badanai for his third of the season giving the Canes a 1-0 lead after one.
  Period two was scoreless and the goalies would takeover the game as Deswiage would make several keys saves keeping the Hurricanes ahead by one, making saves on 15 shots, on the other end Badanai who didn't have as much work, but stopped two breakaways, and Westfort remained behind by one. The Rangers began taking the contest to the Herks who were showing signs of fatigue.
 Again the Westfort club would take the game to the Canes as they kept the Herks bottled up in their own end for most of the third period, but Deswiage would hang on to his shutout attempt by stopping the first ten shots of the frame. With just 4:43 left Deswiage would fall victim to a suspect call by the referee, as he made the stop a whistle was blown to stop play, but for some reason Westfort would see the puck in the crease and Nicholas Polito would tuck it in behind Deswiage, who thought the play had been stopped, but the ref called it a goal, game tied at 1-1. Just about a minute thirty later the Rangers, Dante Jasma Babcock would blast a slap shot passed a fallen Deswiage scoring the game winning goal, 2-1 Rangers.
 The Westfort team played hard and skated and were well deserved of the win, the Hurricanes on a number of occasions were standing still and guilty of puck watching, they have to play for the full 45 minutes, to win in this division. The Herks were 0-6 on the power play, while the Rangers were 0-3. Next up for the Canes will be on Thursday when they play the Current River Comets.
                                  SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Baxter 3 ( Bottoset ) 4:24.
2nd; no scoring; penalties; Herks; Basaraba, xcheck, 9:27. Dale, rough, 0:06. Rangers; Tienhaara, rough, 11:24. Polito, head check, 8:36. Babcock, trip, 7:07.
3rd; Rangers; Polito ( unassisted ) 4:43. Babcock ( Albertson ) 2:54. penalties; Herks; Bruni, head check, 6:46. Rangers; Kuhun, boarding, 12:44. Babcock, head check, 12:16. Albertson, head check, 2:18.
                          SHOTS ON GOAL
                  1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS        7          7          7          21
Rangers       8        15        13         36


The Fort William Hurricanes and the Westfort Rangers played to a 2-2 draw in Bantam A play. All the goals were scored in the second frame as the Canes would fall behind 1-0, tie the game, take the lead at 2-1 only to see the Rangers battle back with five and a half minutes left.
 After a scoreless opening frame, with both teams testing each other out seeing who would break first. Hurricanes would have a bit of an edge as they would outshoot Westfort 13-9, with both starting goaltenders blanking the period, 0-0 Cameron Monty for the Canes and Kristopher Sirios in goal for the Rangers.
 Westfort would draw first blood as Nicholas Polito would sneak one in by Monty at the 11:48 mark of the middle period, Brysen Bottoset would score his first of the season tying the game at 1-1 four minutes later, the Hurricanes would take the lead  a minute fourteen later as Kyler Basaraba netted his second of the year, but that would be short lived as the Rangers would tie the game thirty seconds later with Noah Albertson scoring on a scrambled play. Monty would stand tall between the pipes making nine stops.
 The final period was scoreless as the first, with both teams not letting the other get the edge offensively. There were times the Herks would get themselves bottled up in their own end, but Monty was the last line of defence and would prevail. The final shot totals were in favour the Hurricanes, 30-27. The Canes were 0-3 power play.
 Next game will be a test as both the Hurricanes and Rangers will not get a rest as       they play each other again on Sunday.
                         SCORING SUMMARY
 1st; no scoring; penalties; Rangers; Tienhaara, hook, 8:59. Lybarger, int. 4:55.
 2nd; Rangers; Polito ( unassisted ) 11:48. HERKS; Bottoset 1 ( Merservia, Dykstra   ) 7:19. Basaraba 2 ( Jacobson, Baxter ) 6:05. Rangers; Albertson ( Moga ) 5:35.
3rd; no scoring; penalties; Rangers; Grassia, xcheck, 3:26.
                                 SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS     13         8          9          30
Rangers     9        11        7          27


After a tough loss against 6-1 with the Current River Comets, the Fort William Hurricanes would rebound with a 6-2 victory over the Nipigon Elks as the Bantam's would see their season record climb to 2-3-2.
 In the loss to the Comets, there was very little to cheer for, other than Herks starting net minder Cameron Monty stopping a penalty shot. The Current River team would out shoot the Canes by a 27-19 margin.
 Nick Bruni would open and close the scoring for the Hurricanes as he would tally his first of two in period one, and end the game with his second of the night with a power play marker.
 Bruni staked the Canes to a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game with his second of the year, but Nipigon would storm back scoring twice in a minute and a half, as Matthew Nichols would bang in a rebound passed Herks starter Bradley Deswiage tying the game at 1-1, Brady Borg would also slip one by Deswiage giving the Elks a 2-1 lead. The Hurricanes would come to life and score the next three goals. Kyler Basaraba would start the comeback netting his third with 2:55 remaining in the opening frame making it 2-2, Brysen Bottoset would give the Canes the lead back with his second of the year eleven seconds later, Carson George would give the Canes a 4-2 lead with a buzzer beater just scoring with one second left in the period, for his second of the season. There was no lack of offence for the Hurricanes in the first as they would score four times on 19 shots fired at Elks net minder Carter Pringle, who would keep his team within three, Deswiage would face seven Nipigon shots.
 Period two was scoreless, but again Pringle would see another 15 Hurricane blasts, making good on all the shots.
 The Hurricanes would score twice on the power play sealing the win, Traevaughn Dale would score his first of the season as his seeing eye point shot found net behind Pringle for a 5-2 lead, Bruni would net his third of the year as he lifted a rebound by Pringle making it 6-2 with just over two minutes left in the game.
 The Hurricanes were 2 for three on the power play and would go onto outshoot the Elks team by 51-15 margin, Bottoset would finish the game with a goal and three assists, Jacob Bell would chip in with three helpers, while Dale had a goal and two assists. Even with the win there is still room for improvement for the Herks.
 The Hurricanes will have no time to rest as they will take on the Westfort Maroons on Sunday.
                          SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Bruni 2 ( Bell, Bottoset ) 10:45. Nipigon; Nichols ( Harvey ) 6:03. Borg ( Harvey ) 4:47. HERKS; Basaraba 3 ( Bottoset, Bell ) 2:55. Bottoset 2 ( Anderson, George ) 2:44. George 2 ( Bell, Dale ) 0:01.
2nd; no scoring; penalties; HERKS; Bruni, boarding, 13:18. Kushner, rough, 0:16. Nipigon; Borg, rough, 0:16.
3rd; HERKS; Dale 1 ( Jacobson, Meservia ) pp. 7:23. Bruni 3 ( Bottoset, Dale ) pp. 2:25. penalties; Nipigon; Boudreau, int. 8:40. Borg, double minor, head check, 5:13.
                           SHOTS ON GOAL
                   1st        2nd       3rd        Final
HERKS         19         15        17          51
Nipigon           7          5           3          15


The Fort William Hurricanes (1-1-1) used a two goal performance by Branden Kushner and 28 saves by starting goaltender Bradley Deswiage to shut out the NorWest Stars 4-0 in Bantam A action. Kushner would score the first and last goals of the game. 
 Kushner would open the scoring at the 8:16 mark of period one with his first of the season giving the Canes the lead at 1-0, as his shot would get by Stars net minder Peter Daniele, the Stars would out shoot Herks by an 9-8 count.
 Deswiage would make some key saves in the middle period, one on a breakaway, Nick Jacobson would score with just over two minutes left in the frame, as he would tap one in passed Daniele for a 2-0 lead after two. Both teams would see a goal disallowed, the Stars thought that they beat Deswiage but the ref called the goal back because the net was off it's moorings, the Canes would take the face-off in their own end and score, but it was called back on a delayed penalty. The Hurricanes managed to outshoot NorWest 15-13.
 Period three would see the Herks score twice late, Spencer Baxter would score his second of the year with forty two seconds left and Kushner's second of the game and season was netted with only fifteen ticks left, Deswiage would make six more stops earning him his first shutout of the young season. Nathan Prokopwich would chip in with two assists, Jacobson would add an assist to go along with his goal.
 The Hurricanes played better this game then they did against the PeeWee Kings, but still need to get together as a team, a little more positional play, with toughness on the puck, this will come with practice. Next up for the Canes will be back to back games this weekend with the Westfort Rangers.
                                 SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Kushner 1 ( Prokopowich, Dale ) 8:16.
2nd; HERKS; Jacobson 1 ( George, Merservia ) 2:33. penalties; HERKS; George, xcheck, 5:01. Stars; McGonigal, xcheck,11:45.
3rd; HERKS; Baxter 2 ( Bottoset, Prokopwich ) 0:42. Kushner 2 ( Basaraba, Jacobson ) 0:15. penalties; Stars; Green, int. 0:01.
                                SHOTS ON GOAL
                  1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS        8          15         7          30
Stars           9           13        6          28


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's playoff fate is in the hands of the Duluth East Red's hockey team as they must defeat the Sibley Warriors in order for the Herks to move on, after being shut out  2-0 by the Chiasgo Wildcats, at the Duluth Up North Tournament.
 It was a scoreless opening period as both teams would test each other's defence. Herks starter in goal Cameron Monty would handle seven Wildcat shots, while the Hurricanes managed to fire eight pucks at the Chiasgo goaltender.
 The Wildcats would score twice in the middle frame taking a 2-0 lead into the third period.
 There was no scoring in the final stanza, the Herks did mount a little offence but could not find the net, as the Wildcat tender had an answer for each shot.
 It's always a challenge when you have to rely on someone else to decide your fate, you had the control in your hands and you let it slip through. Now it's a wait and see.


The Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A team found out that you must skate and play hard for 45 minutes of any game especially when you play the AAA PeeWee Kings, who you can tell have been on the ice for a long period of time as their conditioning over powered the Herks playing in their second game of the young season, and the Hurricanes would fall to the Kings by a 8-2 count. 
 The Canes would score on their first two shots of the game as Kyle Basaraba and Nick Bruni would score within a minute of each other, but that would be it for any more offence by the Herks, as the PeeWee's would score eight unanswered goals and would fire 57 shots on Cameron Monty the Canes starting netminder.
 Leading the way for the Kings would be Nikolas Campbell, Mason Bazaluk, with two goals apiece, while Alex Atwill would chip in with a goal and two assists.
 Despite the score Monty played as hard and steady as he could, facing 57 shots was a daunting task for any goaltender, and with no offensive it made the job a lot harder.
 Once again Basaraba had a breakaway like the game before but this time he finished giving the Herks a 1-0 lead, that was followed by Bruni's first of the season  and the Canes had an early 2-0 lead on two shots, but that would be the end of the scoring for them, as the Kings would score the next eight times.
 Monty would face an onslaught of shots facing 19 in period one, 23 in the second and another 15 in the final frame.
 If you are going to compete against the much more conditioned Kings you must skate and be on top of them constantly, but in the defence of all the Bantam A Clubs, the PeeWee's are a very good team and will have to test their skill when they play the Bantam AA's. Next up for the Hurricanes will be on Thursday when they play the NorWest Stars, at the NorWest Arena.
                            SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Basaraba 2 ( unassisted ) 8:16. Bruni 1 ( Baxter ) 7:47. Kings; Sedgwick ( Atwill ) 1:46. Bazaluk ( Hensrud, Stubbs ) 0:21.
2nd; Kings; Campbell ( Lampi, Perala ) 10:38. Woods ( Perala ) 7:59. Campbell ( Atwill ). penalties; HERKS: Merservia, trip, 9:38. Kings; DeGrazia, body check, 9:45.
3rd; Kings; Bazaluk ( Hensrud, White ) 6:44. DeGrazia ( unassisted ) 1:03. Atwill ( DeGrazia ) 0:31. penalties; HERKS; Dale, xcheck, 14:31. Adams, trip, 9:46. Kings; Hensrud, slash, 14:31.
                              SHOTS ON GOAL
                 1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS       3          2          3            8
Kings        19         23        15        57


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's took one on the chin, after going up 2-0 in the the opening four minutes of period one, they would see White Bear Lake fight back and tie the game up at 2-2, then go ahead 3-2 in the second to defeat the Herks 3-2, at the Up North Bantam A tournament played in Duluth Mn.
 Nick Bruni and Spencer Baxter would each score and give the Canes a 2-0 lead with just four minutes played. Bruni would make it 1-0 as his shot would beat White Bear goalie Steven Heifort, eight seconds later Baxter would make it 2-0 Herks. Brett Ballis's backhand would get by Canes starting goalie Bradley Deswiage at the 7:41 mark cutting the Hurricane lead in half at 2-1, just under two minutes later Tom Hammons would steal the puck at his blue line and skate in all alone beating Deswiage to tie the score 2-2. The Hurricanes would outshoot WhiteBear 14-9.
 After the break, most of the play would be in the Herks zone, and a tired team battled hard to keep the score even but with just under eight minutes left in the second, Hammons would score his second goal of the game as his shot would be deflected off a Cane defender giving WhiteBear a 3-2 lead. The Hurricane offence was completely shut down as they could only manage two shots, while Deswiage would face 14.
 The third was much the same as period two, with the Hurricanes being bottled up in their end most of the time, waiting for that one break that would tie the game up. As time ticked off their offensive game was in trouble as they could only muster one shot on the WhiteBear net, and the game would end 3-2 in favour of the team from Minnesota. With the loss the Hurricanes drop down to second (2-1) in their pool while WhiteBear (3-0) takes over the top spot. For the Herks to claim first back they will need help from Chisago Lakes beating WhiteBear. The Hurricanes will play Chisago in their final round robin game on Sunday morning.
                            SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Bruni ( Baxter ) 11:12. Baxter ( Bruni ) 11:04. WhiteBear; Ballis ( Bowan ) 7:41. Hammons ( unassisted ) 5:47.
2nd; WhiteBear; Hammons ( unassisted ) 7:54. penalties; Dykstra, rough, 11:36. Kushiner, elbow, 3:05.
3rd; no scoring; penalties; WhiteBear; Rivard, int.11:53.
                           SHOTS ON GOAL
                   1st      2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS        14         2          1          17
WhiteBear     9        14          8         31


Cameron Monty led the Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A's to a much needed win, as he would stop 48 Westfort Maroon shots in earning his first shut out of the year as the Canes would go on and stop the Maroons 2-0.
 Monty would face 14 first period shots and was like a vacuum, as there were very few rebounds, and would keep the Westfort shooters frustrated. Nick Bruni would take the puck down the right side and would make the score 1-0 Herks, as his fourth of the year would slide passed Maroon's starter Cameron Taylor. The Canes could only muster six shots but did score.
 Period two was much like the first as the Maroon shot onslaught would continue and Monty again would stand his ground (ice) making 12 more saves, with just six minutes left the Hurricane's Brysen Bottoset would find himself alone in the slot and rifle a shot that would beat Taylor giving the Canes a 2-0 lead, on the power play, it was his third of the year. The Herk defensive game showed signs of coming through as they would cover the Maroon offence.
 The final frame would see the Maroons bring it, but Monty would not be denied his shutout, Westfort had 22 shots and not one would beat the Cane's tender. Even with the Maroon goalie pulled with three minutes left the Hurricanes would not break, as Monty swallowed up the first shot the "D" would clear any garbage lying in front of their goaltender. The Maroons would apply their physical game but the Herks would push back thus preserving the goose egg for Monty.
 The Hurricanes were 1 for 2 0n the power play, and they would improve their record to 3-3-2. Next up will be the Westfort Fall Classic Tournament starting on Thursday November 6 - 9th. As they will face off with the Current River Comets.
                               SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Bruni 4 ( Merservia ) 2:49. penalties; Herks; bench minor, to many men, 12:47.
2nd; HERKS; Bottoset 3 ( Dale ) pp. 6:05. penalties; Herks; Waddington, rough, 9:13. Maroons; VanderZwaag, rough, 9:13. Badolato, hold, 6:51.
3rd; no scoring; penalties; Herks; George, rough & unsportsmanlike, 10:12. Bell, double minor, head check, 1:01. Maroons; DeJong, double minor, head check, 1:01.
                                    SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS            6          8          8          22
Maroons        14        12        22         48


The Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A team played their first game of the new 2014-2015, Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Season, and would battle back twice to earn a 2-2 tie with the Thunder Bay Beavers. The Herks found themselves behind in the game twice as the Beavers would score first early in period one, in period two the Canes would score with three seconds left and even the game at 1-1. Both teams would exchange goals in the final frame, with the Hurricanes tying the score with just under 7:00 minutes left in the game.
 Ex Hurricane Dylan Ibey would finish a perfect two on one and beating Canes net minder Bradley Deswiage for a quick 1-0 Beavers lead. Deswiage would stop 11 of the 12 shots fired his way, while the Hurricanes managed a six shot period. The Herks could not convert on the periods lone penalty.
 Both teams found the going tough in the middle frame, and once again Deswiage would face another 12 Beaver shots, with Jacob Cook handling eight. But the Hurricanes caught a break and Carson George would take a feed from Kyle Basaraba and slap one in passed Cook, tying the game at 1-1 with three ticks on the clock, it was his first of the season.
 Matthew Toderash would get to the top of the left face-off circle and rip a slap shot beating Deswiage for a Beavers 2-1 lead at the 10:39 mark of period three. Once again the Canes would get a power play chance and would fail to score. With 6:46 left in the game Spencer Baxter would find a loose puck in the Beavers crease and slide his first of the year as Cook was lying on the ice, and the game was tied at 2-2. Basaraba would have the best chance for the Herks to go ahead as he had a clean cut breakaway but would loose the handle at the last moment with just 0:38 seconds left. Shots again favoured the Beavers as they had 12 and the Canes would have 11. Next game for the Bantams will be Monday night as they face-off against the AAA PeeWee Kings.
                               SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Beavers; Ibey ( Kondrat ) 13:00. penalties; Beavers; Couch, head contact, 3:33 2nd; HERKS; George 1 ( Basaraba, Baxter ) 0:03.
3rd; Beavers; Toderash ( Young ) 10:39. HERKS; Baxter 1 ( Basaraba, George ) 6:46. penalties; HERKS; Basaraba, boarding, 3:25. Beavers; Kowalski, boarding, 5:54.
                                    SHOTS ON GOAL
               1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS     6          8          11        25
Beavers   12        12         12       36


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's shook off a tough Westfort Fall Classic Tournament going with a 1-4 record, losing out in the Semi-Finals to the Westfort Maroons.
 Cameron Monty would face 21 shots and made the key saves to help his club to a 6-3 win over the Thunder Bay Beavers. Spencer Baxter would lead the Canes in offence as he would net two goals and an assist, while line mate Nick Bruni would score once and chip in with two helpers, while Jordan Merservia would also have a goal and two assists.
 Brysen Bottoset would start the Hurricanes scoring a minute into the contest, as he would fire one passed Beavers starting net minder Jacob Cook for an early 1-0 lead, just under two minutes later the Herks would go up by two as Branden Kushner would beat Cook. With a minute forty three left in period one, the Beavers would cut the Cane lead in half as Liam Williamson would beat Monty, making the score 2-1 Hurricanes after one. The Beavers would out shoot the Canes by 9-8 margin.
 Matthew Todderash would tie the game at 2-2 four minutes in the middle frame. Jordan Merservia would give the Hurricanes the lead back at the 5:57 mark at 3-2, but with a minute and twenty one seconds left in the second period the Beavers would tie the game back up at 3-3, as Kieran Lemelin found the back of the net scoring on the power play.
 The Herks would take the lead back at 13:40 of the last period, with Baxter scoring his first of two of the game, the Canes would lead 4-3, then with just over a minute left in the game, Baxter would score into the empty Beaver net giving him two goals for the game and that was followed by Bruni's goal also an empty netter, making the final score 6-3 Hurricanes.
 The Hurricanes will continue league play as they will take on the winners of the Westfort Fall Classic, the Current River Comets on Thursday night.
                                     SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Bottoset  ( Merservia,George ) 14:02. Kushner  ( Anderson, Dale ) 12:34. Beavers; Williamson ( Couch ) 1:43.
2nd; Beavers; Toderash ( Prystay ) 10:51. HERKS; Merservia  ( Bottoset, Dykstra ) 5:57. Beavers; Lemelin ( Kowalski, Johnson ) pp. 1:21. penalties; HERKS; Bruni, head check, 2:47.
3rd; HERKS; Baxter  ( Bruni, Bell ) 13:40. Baxter  ( Bruni, Basaraba ) en. 1:10. Bruni  ( Baxter, Merservia )en. 0:41.
                                       SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS            8          9          16          33
Beavers           9          5           7           21


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's won their first two games of the Up North Tournament being played in Duluth Mn.
 They would open the tournament Friday night with a 1-0 shutout over the Duluth East Red team. Bradley Deswiage would earn the shut out for the Herks a with 29 shot save performance. Kyle Basaraba would break the 0-0 stalemate late in period two giving the Canes a 1-0 lead, and they would hold on for the remainder of the contest in recording the victory. The key to the game was two breakaway stops in the second, one by the Herks Basaraba who was stopped by the Duluth net minder, the Canes would also give up a breakaway chance but Deswiage would stand his ground making the save, keeping the game 1-0 Hurricanes. The Hurricanes were 0-2 on the power play 
 Game two saw the Canes fall behind early in the opening frame, with Carter Vitelli of the Sibley Warriors, deflecting a shot passed Herks starting net minder Cameron Monty at the 14:29 mark. Four minutes later Nathaniel Allen's screen shot would find net behind Monty. The first period would have the Sibley Warriors up by 2-0 count.
 It would take four and half minutes into the second frame before the Hurricanes would score, as Spencer Baxter shot beat Sibley net minder Tim Rock making the score 2-1 for the Warriors. Monty would stop all eight shots he would face keeping the score close.
 In the final frame, the Hurricanes would score four unanswered goals to clinch the 5-2 win. Branden Kushiner would start the scoring, as he would beat Rock at the 9:57 mark tying the game at 2-2, Cooper Anderson would give the Herks a 3-2 lead with his first of two, scoring thirty five seconds later, a little under three minutes, Anderson would make it 4-2 Canes. Brysen Bottoset would score the Herks fifth goal into an empty net making the score 5-2. 
 The power play was 0-1. Leading the way for the Canes was Anderson with two goals and one assist, while defenseman Traevaughn Dale chipped in with three helpers.
                            SCORING SUMMARIES   
1st; no scoring. penalties; HERKS; Prokopowich, trip, 7:36. Bruni, elbow.
2nd; HERKS; Basaraba ( Adams ) 6:50. penalties; Duluth; Murray, high stick, 6:01. Dahl, xcheck, 4:27.
3rd; no scoring.
                            SHOTS ON GOAL
                 1st         2nd           3rd      Final
HERKS       1           8               6         15
Duluth      10          6              13       29

1st; Sibley, Vitelli ( Altier ) 14:29. Allen ( Tracy, Gagnier ) 10:44.
2nd; HERKS; Baxter ( Dale, Anderson ) 10:30. penalties; Sibley; Allen, holding, 9:03.
3rd; HERKS;  Kushiner ( Waddington, Jacobson ) 9:57. Anderson ( Dale, Baxter ) 9:22. Anderson ( Dale ) 6:44. Bottoset ( George ) en. 4:26. penalties; HERKS; Merservia, delay of game, 13:38.
                            SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st       2nd      3rd      Final
HERKS      3          5         9          17
Sibley        4          8         7          19


There is a funny thing in sport, almost in every competitive aspect of the games there is always one team or person that is a continuous thorn in your side. For the Bantam A Fort William Hurricanes it's their rivalry with the Current River Comets. The Comets continue to dominate the Herks whether it's in league or tournament play, as once again the Current River squad would go onto defeat the Canes by a 5-2 score, the Comets were led by a natural hat trick performance from team captain Tyler Main, Spencer Baxter would score twice for the Hurricanes in the loss.
 The game did not start off great for the Herks, Main would score his first of three as his dump in would get by Hurricanes starting net minder Bradley Deswiage who tried to smother the puck but it slithered under and the Comets would take a 1-0 lead just two half minutes into the game. Main would up the score to 2-0 for Current River with 1:39 left in the first. The Comets would also have the edge in shots at 11-7.
 After a shaky first Deswiage would stop all 13 shots fired his way in the second keeping the game close. Baxter would be on the receiving end of a perfect pass from line mate Nick Bruni and the Hurricanes would close the gap to 2-1 after two. The Canes made good with scoring a goal on Comet starter, Jack Bryson whom would face three shots.
 In the final period Main would go to work again, he would complete his hat trick at the 9:22 mark giving the Comets their two goal lead back, tipping in a shot passed Deswiage. The Canes would respond a minute and eleven seconds later as Baxter would net his second of the game on an almost identical play as his first goal, taking a perfect feed once again from Bruni and the score would be 3-2. With the Canes pressing for the tying goal, blocked point shot created a breakaway for the Comets and Ryan Pellizzari would make no mistake and beat Deswiage for a 4-2 lead late in period three. The Comets would win a face-off deep in their zone and ex Hurricane Dylan Ford would benefit front the draw and fire the puck the length of the ice and would find an empty net as the Herks would pull their goaltender for the extra attacker making the final 5-2 Current River.
 The Hurricanes will have to find a way to beat the Comets as the Bantam A standings are a very tight and competitive division, where an unprepared team can find themselves in a battle for that tough play off position. So they must shed this stigma of not being able to beat the Comets. Next up for the Herks will be a game versus the NorWest Stars, on Tuesday evening.
                            SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Comets; Main ( Kulmala ) 12:37. Main ( unassisted ) 1:39. penalties; HERKS; George, slash, 1:39. Comets; Main, trip, 7:59.
2nd; HERKS; Baxter ( Bruni, Dykstra ) 6:28.
3rd; Comets; Main ( unassisted ) 9:22. HERKS;  Baxter ( Bruni, Dale ) 8:111. Comets; Pellizzari ( unassisted ) 8:21. Ford ( unassisted ) en. 0:36. penalties; Comets; Gauthier, int. 6:49.
                                   SHOTS ON GOAL
                          1st      2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS                7         5           7          19
Comets               11       13         11         32


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A Club cannot shake the Comet Curse this season as they went on to lose 5-0 to the Current River Comets, with the loss the Herks would slide down to third spot, in the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Bantam A standings. The Comets were led by  two goal performances from, Joshua Gauthier who also had an assist,  with Eric Lampo replying twice.
The game had a lengthily delay as a player from the Comets, Mason Paxton. was checked from behind and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance, the good news was that he had movement in all his extremities. The whole Fort William Hurricane's Family wish nothing but the best to Mason and a very speedy recovery, hope to see you back playing the game. 
 The Comets would take advantage of some shaky Hurricane goaltending as Herks starter Bradley Deswiage would be fighting the puck early in the contest as the Comets would strike twice, 26 seconds apart taking a 2-0, with Joshua Gauthier and Jacob Hill scoring, Gauthier would increase the lead to 3-0 with his second of the game and period on the power play. Current River would three times on 15 shots, while the Canes had six.
 The Canes would show a little life in second period as they tried to recover from the opening frame, but at the 11:57 mark, Herks forward Jordan Merservia would check Paxton into the boards with a check from behind. Paxton would fall to the ice and would be attended by Comet staff and parent help to keep him as comfortable as possible, awaiting the EMS people, who then would place Paxton on a stretcher, as of this writing there were no further updates on his condition.
 Current River would take a 5-0 lead as they would score twice on the power play taking advantage of the five minute major penalty handed out to Merservia following the check.
 After having a tough first period, the injury and the long delay it would not be in the cards for any kind of comeback for the Herks, who have to shake the Comet Curse, if they are to have success in reaching the playoffs.
 The Hurricanes have one more regular season game before they embark on their first out of town tournament (Duluth). It will be on Thursday as they take on the Nipigon Elks.
 The unfortunate incident in period two was on everyone's mind, coaches have done nothing but preach to their players on player safety and to be careful while playing the game they love. It was a check from behind, but there was no attempt to injure by the Hurricane's player who really felt bad that the incident happened and is truly sorry. These things will happen every once in awhile, but are becoming less and less as the players are educated.
Once again we are hoping and praying for a full recovery for Mason.
                                    SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Comets; Gauthier ( unassisted ) 9:37. Hill ( Ford, Gauthier ) 9:11. Gauthier ( Ford, Hill ) pp. 6:45. penalties; HERKS; Waddington, int. 8:25. Comets; Pellizzari, boarding, 14:17.
2nd; Comets; Lampo ( Blekkenhorst ) pp. 11:28. Lampo ( Main, Kulmala ) pp. 0:08. penalties; HERKS; Merservia, five minute major, check from behind, game misconduct, 11:57. Jacobson, double minor, head check, 0:25. Comets; Gauthier, int. 6:43.
3rd; no scoring; penalties; Comets; Hill, boarding, 12:02.
                             SHOTS ON GOAL
                   1st      2nd      3rd       Final
HERKS          6         6         0          12
Comets        15         9         2          26


Goaltender,Cameron Monty would allow the first goal, but that would be it as he would backstop the Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's to a slim 2-1 win over the NorWest Stars. With the win the Herks would pull into a first place tie with the Westfort Rangers in the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Bantam A standings.
 NorWest would open the scoring one minute into the opening frame as Monty would make the original save, but left a rebound out in the scoring lane and Jackson Buffone would score and it was 1-0, Stars. Monty would take care of the rest and not allow another goal for the remainder of the game. Kyle Basaraba would bring the Canes even as his wrist shot would elude Stars goalie Peter Daniele making it 1-1 with four and a half minutes left in the first period. The Canes would out shoot NorWest 14-6.
 Period two would see the Hurricanes take a 2-1 lead as Jordan Merservia tallied early into the frame, and with that goal it would complete the scoring for the game. This was a defensive struggle for both clubs with a total of nine shots being registered in the middle frame, with the Canes taking six, while Monty handled three.
 The Hurricanes went into a prevent defence mode right from the start of the final period, and the Stars would spend most of the period in the Canes zone. With the Herks playing this style they would leave Monty bearing the brunt of the work load. He would see a 13 shot barrage and would keep the Herks lead at 2-1, he would make three very key saves preserving the win for his team mates.
 Hoping with this big win, the Hurricanes need to carry this momentum on to their next game, as they will face the Current River Comets on Sunday. Each game has  seen a slight improvement for the Canes, but still need work to help them get to that level that is reachable for this squad.
                             SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Stars; Buffone ( Laukka ) 14:03. HERKS;  Basaraba  ( Bottoset, George ) 4:38. penalties; HERKS; Kushner, rough, 2:18. Stars; Buffone, trip, 8:43. Green, slash, 0:13.
2nd; HERKS; Merservia ( Waddington, Basaraba) 13:57. penalties; HERKS; Merservia, int. 0:22. Stars; Crews, double minor, head check, 12:41.
3rd; no scoring.
                                 SHOTS ON GOAL
                   1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS        14         6          5           25
Stars             6         3         13           22


Th e Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A team wrapped up the Up North Bantam A Hockey Tournament (Duluth Mn) by winning the Consolation Final with a 4-1 win over Northern Lakes Warriors, taking third spot at the ten team event.
 Cooper Anderson's early second period goal proved to be the winning tally, and the Herks would go on from there.
 Spencer Baxter would open the scoring and give the Canes a 1-0 lead in the first, and Herks starting goaltender Bradley Deswiage would have to face 12 Warrior shots.
 Anderson would score eleven seconds into period two as he would lift one passed Northern Lakes net minder Wyatt Fink giving the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead, but the Warriors would cut the lead in half as Drue Gibbions would beat Deswiage with 4:58 remaining, but that was all they could get passed Deswiage for the remainder of the game.
 Carson George would give the Canes their two goal lead back when he scored three minutes gone in the final period, upping the lead to 3-1. Brysen Bottoset would ice the victory scoring into a empty cage making the final 4-1 Herks.
Bottoset and Baxter each had a goal and one assist, while Deswiage would make 31 saves on thirty two shots, Canes were 0-3 on the power play.
 The Hurricanes found enough energy to win this game after losing two close games to knock them out of top spot for,  and a chance at the Championship title. The team was competitive in every game and with a bounce here and there would have made the final, thus giving them a chance to take on the Minnetonka team that beat them last year, who by the way won the tournament again this year.
 The Hurricanes return to league play on Wednesday as they will travel to Nipigon.
                                      SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Baxter  ( Bottoset, Bruni ) 8:59. penalties; HERKS; Bell, trip, 11:12. Warriors; Couture, kneeing, 8:59. Tangen, trip, 5:50.
2nd; HERKS; Anderson  ( unassisted ) 14:59. Warriors; Gibbons ( Brewer ) 4:58. penalties; HERKS; Merservia, inter. 8:19. Kushiner, trip, 9:27. Dykstra, inter. 0:51.Warriors; Tangen, trip, 8:31.
3rd; HERKS; George ( unassisted ) 12:30. Bottoset  ( Baxter ) en. 0:40. penalties; HERKS; George, xcheck, 5:09.
                                              SHOTS ON GOAL
                   1st       2nd      3rd       Final
HERKS         8         12        8          28
Warriors       12         7        13         32


Garrett Sheparski would take advantage of a Hurricane defensive lapse and score three times in leading his Westfort Rangers to a 5-1 win over the Herks, in Bantam A action, ex Hurricane Bradley Vidas would also figure in the Ranger scoring chipping in with a pair of assists. With the loss the Hurricanes would slip to fourth place in the very tight Bantam A division.
 Kyler Basaraba would open the scoring late in period one for the Canes, as his shot would beat Rangers net minder Anjelina Badanai high over the shoulder for a 1-0 lead after one complete. Bradley Deswiage would make 11 saves in goal for the the Herks.
 In period two Deswiage would continue making saves keeping the game close, but with six and a half minutes left, Sheparski would score his first of three tying the contest at 1-1, the Rangers would go ahead 2-1 with a goal that was apparently kicked in but the officials ruled it a goal and Sheparski would have goal number two and the frame would end 2-1 Westfort. The Hurricanes would manage a five shot period, while the Rangers would have fired 12 at the Herks net.
 The game continued to be close until Sheparski would complete his hat trick with a shot that would beat Deswiage with 5:17 left increasing their lead to 3-1, then at the 3:43 mark Westfort would make it 4-1 as Kristian Sirios would find himself alone in front of the Canes goal and tap in a loose puck, Dante Jasma Babcock would score a beauty wrap around goal making the final 5-1. Deswiage would be under fire the whole period as he would face 14 Ranger shots, Badanai would see six Hurricane blasts.
 It seems to be the same story every game where the Hurricanes can look like the best team on the ice for a period or two, than have one of their defensive lapses and it ends up costing them. When they play three periods of hockey they can play with anyone, like what has been mentioned previously with this Bantam A division being so tight you can't afford to take to many nights off.
 The Hurricanes will soon fined out if they can regroup with a tough test this Sunday, as they will take on the Thunder Bay Beavers.
                                  SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Basaraba  ( Jacobsen, Prokopwich ) 1:15. penalties; Rangers; Jasma Babcock, slash, 0:18.
2nd; Rangers; Sheparski ( Lybarger ) 6:27. Sheparski ( Vidas ) 2:44.
3rd; Rangers; Sheparski ( Vidas, Polito ) 5:17. Sirois ( Moga, Albertson ) 3:43. Jasma Babcock ( Kuhun ) 0:25. penalties; Rangers; Kresack, trip, 11:55.
                                SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st        2nd       3rd        Final
HERKS     10          5          6           21
Rangers    11         12        14         37


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's would fall behind the Nipigon Elks 4-0 before waking up and score eight unanswered goals giving them a tough 8-5 win. The Canes were led by Nick Bruni with two goals and one assist, with Brysen Bottoset scoring once and adding two helpers. Nipigon's Cameron Harvey would have the natural hat trick, scoring the Elks first three goals, Dylan Intini would chip in with a goal and two assists.
 Nipigon would open the scoring as Harvey would get one by Herks net minder Cameron Monty with four minutes being played, he would score his second of the game with just under six minutes left in the first, for a 2-0 Nipigon after one. The Canes would only have five shots in the frame while the Elks mustered eight on Monty.
 Period two would see Harvey complete his hat trick performance at the 10:30 mark, two minutes later the Elks would increase their lead to 4-0 as Geordie Dumonski's slap shot would elude Monty. The Herks would decide that they needed to score to be in this game and Jordan Merservia would get the Canes on the board with a minute and twenty seconds left and with 0:55 seconds on the clock Cooper Anderson would cut the Nipigon lead in half making it 4-2 after two.
 What ever speech the Hurricane coaches gave to their team between periods must of sunk in as the team came out flying scoring six more times. Two minutes in Bruni would net his first of two making it 4-3, 1:17 later the Canes would tie the game at 4-4 with Cameron Waddington scoring the equalizer, Bruni would pick up his second of the game as the Canes would take the lead for the first time, Spencer Baxter would make it 6-4, with Bottoset's goal they would make it 7-4, Trevaughn Dale's point shot would beat the Nipigon goaltender for the 8-4 margin, Intini would make the final 8-5 as his shot bounced off a Herk defenseman up over Monty's glove all with just one second left in the game. The win made for a more pleasant bus ride home from Nipigon.
 The Hurricanes once again proved that they must be prepared to come and play every game, they are proned to some times taking a period off and then having to battle back to regain there composure and fight back for the win, they cannot take any team lightly in this very competitive Bantam A Division, where you can go from first to last in a blink of an eye.
 Next up will be a tough battle versus the Westfort Rangers on Wednesday night at the Current River Arena.
                                             SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Nipigon; Harvey ( Intini, Zechner ) 11:17. Harvey ( Intini, Boress ) pp. 5:40. penalties; HERKS; George, boarding, 9:55. Bruni, bench minor, 7:08.
2nd; Nipigon; Harvey ( Boress ) 10:30. Dumonski ( unassisted ) 8:38. HERKS; Merservia  ( Anderson, Kushiner ) 1:28. Anderson  ( Baxter, Bruni ) 0:55. 
3rd; HERKS; Bruni  ( George ) 12:48. Waddington  ( Bottoset, Basaraba ) 11:31. Bruni ( Merservia, Bottoset ) 10:19. Baxter  ( unassisted ) 9:38. Bottoset  ( Basaraba, Baxter ) 3:18. Dale  ( Bruni, Adams ) 0:53. Nipigon; Intini ( Zechner ) 0:01. penalties; HERKS; Bell, trip, 0:03. Nipigon; Intini, trip, 9:14. Zechner, xcheck, 6:06.
                           SHOTS ON GOAL
                           1st        2nd       3rd        Final
HERKS                5           8         12           15
Elks                     8            6          5            19


The Fort William Hurricanes 4-1 win over the NorWest Stars were led by two rookies as Brysen Bottoset scored twice and Cameron Monty would make 21 saves preserving the victory for the Canes, who now move into second spot in the very competitive Bantam A Division. Carson George would also have a big night on the scoresheet with a goal and two assists. The Hurricanes would score twice on the power play.
 Bottoset would get the Herks on the score sheet in the opening frame with just over five minutes gone, as he would take a breakaway pass from Branden Kushiner and deke out Stars starter Jonathon Jewett for the 1-0 lead. Monty would keep NorWest off the scoreboard making nine saves.
 In period two Bottoset would strike again at the 8:57 mark, as he was left all alone in front Jewett and his quick release would give the Canes a 2-0 lead, but a minute later the Stars would beat Monty on a screen shot as Parker Crews would cut the Hurricane lead in half at 2-1. But the Canes would net two quick goals on the power play increasing their lead to 4-1. With NorWest running into penalty trouble late in the frame, the Herks would make them pay with George scoring at 2:56, Copper Anderson would take the puck and score on the wrap around beating Jewett on the short side giving the Canes a three goal cushion after two.
 There would be no scoring in the final period, with both goaltenders shutting the door, and the game would turn into a defensive struggle. Monty would have an eight shot save period.
 This would be the Hurricanes third win in a row as they would record victories over the Beavers, the Queens Bantam AA's and the NorWest Stars. Monty who is on a roll would pick up a pair of wins, while Bradley Deswiage would have a stellar game versus the Queens. Nick Bruni would lead the offence with a there game point streak, scoring four times and chipping in with two assists.
 The Bantams are starting to play both sides of the ice, with the defensive game coming into play, they will need to put it all together after the Christmas break as they will face-off twice against the division leaders, the Westfort Maroons.
                               SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Bottoset  ( Kushiner, George ) 10:07. penalties; HERKS; Merservia, head contact, 6:59. George, hook, 4:33. Stars; Jeffers, int. 0:45.
2nd; HERKS; Bottoset  ( Basaraba, George ) 8:57. Stars; Crews ( West ) 7:47. HERKS; George  ( Dale, Merservia ) pp. 2:56. Anderson  ( Bruni, Baxter ) pp. 1:17. penalties; Stars; Zappitelli, holding, Laukka, boarding, 3:28. Jeffers, double minor, head contact, 3:22.
3rd; no scoring;  penalties; HERKS; Basaraba, boarding, 7:54. Dykstra, int. 2:36. Stars; Buffone, head contact, 7:04.
                               SHOTS ON GOAL
                    1st       2nd      3rd       Final
HERKS          8          8         5          21
Stars              9          8        9           26


Most of us have watched a movie or two when someone has been marooned on a desert island, with the chance of being rescued on the horizon, but something happens and they miss their chance of getting off the island. Well this seems to be the story for the Fort William Hurricane Bantam A squad, every time the Herks get a chance to beat the Westfort Maroons, like the island story they just miss their chance of beating them and remain behind. Such was the case in their last game as the Maroons would break open a tie game and go on to defeat the Hurricanes 6-2. Westfort would have three players score twice, as Dawson Grant, Dante Mekanak and Brady Redsky would find the back of the net for the win. Kyler Basaraba would have a pair of goals for the Canes.
 Basaraba would give the Herks a 1-0 lead one minute into the contest as his power play goal beat Maroons starter Cameron Taylor. But with just over two minutes left in the period Grant would beat Bradley Deswiage in goal for the Canes and tie the game at 1-1. The Maroons would outshoot the Herks by a 7-6 margin.
 Period two saw the Westfort team come out with a bit of an edge and would pepper Deswiage with a shot barrage but the Herks goalie withstood the challenge and kept the score close, but with 3:27 left Dawson would pick up a rebound and stuff it by Deswiage for a 2-1 lead, 27 seconds later Redsky would rip one over Deswiage's shoulder and the Maroon lead was now 3-1, a minute twenty later Mekanak would complete the second period scoring his first of two, and the frame would end with the Maroons taking a 4-1 lead into the break, they would outshoot the Herks by a 16 to 8 count.
 The final period looked like the Hurricanes grabbed a bit of fresh air and would try to take the game to Maroons, Basaraba's second goal of the game would make it 4-2 with six and a half minutes left in the game, but two minutes later Redsky would net his second goal of the game beating Deswiage and giving the Westfort team their three goal lead back, Mekanak would close the scoring with his second making the final 6-2, once again the Hurricanes were outshot.
 With the loss, instead of being within one point of the front running Maroons, combined with the Current River Comets win, the Hurricanes now find themselves five points down to Westfort, and now see the Comets climb into second spot, with the Herks occupying third, in this tight division.
 This Canes club is a well rounded team when they want to be, they can skate, they can score and they can defend, but like being on the island, a missed scoring chance, a missed check, a missed assignment and a missed save, your back on the island waiting for your next chance to be rescued, sooner or later it will happen. The Hurricanes will have a chance to redeem themselves as their next game will be once again with the Maroons.
                               SCORING SUMMARY

1st; HERKS;  Basaraba  ( Bruni, Baxter ) pp. 14:01. Maroons; Grant ( Remus, Badolato ) 2:11. penalties; Maroons; Remus, trip, 14:45.
2nd; Maroons; Grant ( Remus, Rogers ) 3:27. Redsky  ( Blackstar, Mamakeesick ) 3:00. D. Mekanak ( Armiento ) 1:40. penalties; HERKS; Bell, holding, 7:14. Basaraba, rough, 2:38. Maroons; Johnstone, rough, 2:38.
3rd; HERKS; Basaraba ( George, Prokoppwich ) 8:29. Maroons; Redsky ( D.Mekanak, Blackstar ) 5:31.D. Mekanak ( Johnstone, Armiento ) 4:38. penalties; Maroons; Badolato, slash, 3:35.
                                    SHOTS ON GOAL
                    1st       2nd        3rd       Final
HERKS          6          8           10        24
Maroons        7         16           11        34


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's climbed back into the win column with a 4-3 victory over the Thunder Bay Beavers, but it wasn't easy as the Canes would see their 4-1 lead disappear late in the game, as the Beavers would score twice with just over a minute left in the game. Nick Bruni would score twice for the Hurricanes who would improve their regular league season record to 8-6-2, good for fourth place.While Nolan Tysoski would net a pair, with Liam Williamson chipping in with a couple of assists for the Beavers. Both teams would exchange power play goals in the third period.
 The Beavers would take a 1-0 lead with Nolan Tysoski getting one by Herks goaltender Cameron Monty at the 5:09 mark, Bruni would even the score at 1-1 with just a minute and twenty six seconds left. The Herks were outshot 7-4.
 There was no scoring in the second frame and it would see the Hurricanes out shoot the Beavers 11-5.
 With four and a half minutes gone in the final period Kyler Basaraba would give the Herks a 2-1 lead, Bruni would follow that up with his second of the game making it 3-1 at 8:51. Carson George's power play goal with just over four minutes left in the game would make the score 4-1 in favour of the Canes and the lead look solid. But the Beavers did not fold so easy as they would respond with two very late goals, with Tysoski netting his second of the game with 1:12 remaining on the power play, that was followed by Dylan Ibey's goal at the 0:58 mark making the score 4-3 Herks with just under a minute left in the game. Monty would make a couple of key stops late preserving the win.
 The Hurricanes cannot take their foot off the pedal for an instance, they have to insure themselves that if they play a full 45 minutes the game will become a lot easier.
 Next up will be an exhibition contest against the Queens.
                                   SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Beavers; Tysoski ( Young, Williamson ) 5:09. HERKS; Bruni ( unassisted ) 1:26. penalties; HERKS; Adams, hold, 9:53.
2nd; no scoring.
3rd; HERKS; Basaraba  ( unassisted ) 10:36. Bruni ( unassisted ) 8:51. George ( Bottoset, Adams ) pp. 4:34. Beavers; Tysoski ( Williamson ) pp. 1:12. Ibey ( Couch) 0:58. penalties; HERKS; Basaraba, rough, 1:57. Beavers; Kondrat, hook, 6:04. Breukelman, boarding, 3:47.
                            SHOTS ON GOAL
               1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS     4          11          10         25
Beavers    7            8          11         26


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A team gave the NorWest Stars a point as they let a 2-0 lead disappear and watched the Stars score two big goals in the final period. As action continues at the Robins Minor Hockey Classic. Even the hot stick of Nick Bruni, three goals in two games, could not prevent the Stars from tying the game.
 Bruni would open the scoring for the Herks three minutes into the game as he would beat Stars net minder,Peter Daniele and that would be all the scoring for the first period, the Canes would put together a ten shot period but Daniele would hold the fort just allowing the one tally. Hurricane's starting goalie Cameron Monty would make six saves.
 Period number two would see the Hurricanes come out shooting again with 12 shots and Daniele would once again be steady. But one of the better plays of the period would see the Herks on the power play, Kyler Basaraba would see defenseman Jacob Bell breaking from the point, feed him a perfect pass and Bell would one time it passed Daniele for a Herk 2-0 lead. Monty would have to handle four Stars shots. The Hurricanes would go to the dressing room holding a 2-0 lead after two. They played a flawless two periods of hockey keeping the NorWest team at bay, with a great checking game.
 For what ever reason a different Canes team came out after the break as they would have to depend on Monty to make saves and keep the score at 2-0, but the Stars would would score early in period three as Jared Halik would get one by Monty making the score 2-1. The Herks could not keep any pressure on the Stars and would watch the NorWest players out skate them, if not for Monty it could have been a little different. With most of the play in the Canes end Rory Jeffers would finally tie the game at 2-2 with 4:12 remaining. Monty had his toughest test of the game facing 12 shots.
 Once again the Herks would leave their intensity in the dressing room and that would see them give up that valuable extra point. Like any good team you must play three strong periods of hockey at both ends of the ice, and the Hurricanes are more than capable of doing this, they just got believe.
 Next up for the Herks ( 1-0-1 ) will be Marathon Mercs.
                                        SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Bruni ( Baxter, Anderson ) 14:55. penalties; Stars; Green, hook, 3:43. McGonigal, int. 2:08.
2nd; HERKS; Bell ( Basaraba, George ) pp. 11:22. penalties; HERKS; Dykstra, trip, 14:05. Stars; McGonigal, head, contact, 12:58. Jeffers, head contact, 6:45.
3rd; Stars; Halik ( West, Zappitelli ) 14:31. Jeffers ( Zappitelli ) 4:12.
                                        SHOTS ON GOAL
                   1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS        10        12         5          27
Stars              6         4        12          22


Nick Bruni would score twice and lead the Fort William Hurricanes to victory as they would go onto defeat the Westfort Rangers 4-1 in game one of the Robins Minor Hockey Classic. Bruni would add one assist to go along with his goal total, other multi point getters were, Cooper Anderson with a goal and two assists, while Spencer Baxter would have a three assist game. Cameron Monty would allow only one goal on 19 shots, in the Hurricane net.
 The Hurricanes would get an early jump on the Rangers as they would score twice in the first two minutes of the period. Bruni would net his first of the game at the 13:13 mark and thirteen seconds later Anderson would give the Canes the 2-0 lead. Monty was steady in goal, but with just under a minute remaining Noah Albertson would slide one by to close the gap to 2-1.
 Period number two looked like it was going to be a little more offensive as once again the Herks would tally early as Bruni's second of the game was a rocket over Ranger net minder Anjelina Badanai increasing the Hurricane lead to 3-1 at 12:21 on the power play. Kyler Basaraba would beat Badanai with just 2:29 remaining in the period and it would see the Hurricanes take a 4-1 lead into the break. The shot total was low for both teams as the defence came out to play, Westfort would have six, while the Canes managed five.
 Someone threw a blanket over the offensive players in the the third period as was there no scoring and a total of 12 shots fired at the the goaltenders (6 each) it was a defensive gem for sure as both clubs shut down the goal scorers. Monty would make a key flurry of saves to keep the score at 4-1.
 This was another complete game for the Herks as the offence scored enough goals,the defence and goaltending did their job preventing any further damage. Next up in the tournament will be the NorWest Stars on Friday.
                                    SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Bruni ( Anderson, Baxter ) 13:13. Anderson ( Bruni, Baxter ) 13:00. Rangers; Albertson ( Kristian Sirois, Moga ) 0:59. penalties; Rangers; Jasma-Babcock, xcheck, 7:19.
2nd; HERKS; Bruni ( Baxter, Anderson ) pp. 12:21  Basaraba ( Bottoset, George ) 2:29. penalties; Rangers; Polito, trip, 13:21. Anderson, trip, 0:30.
3rd; no scoring; penalties; HERKS; Bell, trip, 7:07.
                                  SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS      6          5           6         17
Rangers     7         6            5         19


The saying goes like this "A tie is like kissing your sister" so this spelled double trouble for Herks, as the Bantam A's and Midget B's both had to battle back to tie their respective games. With the Bantam's they needed a 5 on 3 power play goal by Kyler Basaraba to draw even at 2-2 with the Westfort Rangers. The Midget B's would get the equalizer with 9:41 left in the game as Jadrien Sainnawap would tie their game with the Westend Bruins.
 The Bantams would start their game off on a slow start as Herks starting goaltender Bradley Deswiage would have to be sharp as the Rangers would have fired five shots his way before his team could muster one. As the period moved along so did the Canes as they found their skating legs and would take the game to Westfort and pepper Ranger starter Kristopher Sirios with 13 shots. Nick Bruni would find a hole in Sirios's armour and the Hurricanes would get on the board at 1-0, with 5:43 left in the period.
 The second frame was all Westfort as the Herk jets must have cooled off during the break, the Rangers would play most of the second in the Canes zone and launch a barrage of shots at Deswiage, who would stand tall until a deflected shot would beat him on the stick side with Noah Albertson getting the goal to tie the game at 1-1. Westfort would have a 17 shot period while the Canes managed five.
 With period three tied at 1-1 and both teams battling for the win, it was a an up and down sort of game. Once again the Rangers would come out firing as they would press for that go ahead goal and at the 9:12 mark Dante Jasma-Babcock would rifle a blast passed Deswiage for the go ahead goal 2-1 Westfort. This may have awaken a sleeping Hurricane and they would reverse the period in their favour, with the help of continuous Ranger penalties. It would take a five on three power play before the Herks would draw even as Basaraba's goal would make it 2-2 at the 6:21 mark. But a controversial call  that would take the on ice officials a little time to the make the call, and it was ruled that Sirios pulled the puck out of the net. The game would end at a 2-2 draw.
 The Hurricanes power play had shorted out for most of the game up until the tying goal as they would go 1 for 5 a man up. With any luck the Herks could have moved into second place with a win, but the tie puts them into fourth spot in the tough Bantam A standings, although one point separates fourth from second.This would be the second game in a row that the Herks would play a penalty free contest. This was the last game of the regular season for the Hurricanes as they will enter the Robins Minor Hockey Classic starting this Thursday. 
 The Midget B's find themselves in second spot of the Midget B standings as their tie would not help their climb to the top of the leader board.
 The Hurricanes would score a goal in each period to earn the tie, leading the Canes would be James Basalyga with two goals, while Nathan Smallwood would chip in with a couple of helpers. With Theo Karioja-Sundell having a goal an one assist game, with Matthew Caanzaro adding a couple of assists, for the Bruins.
 Basalyga would give the Canes a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game and the they would outshoot Westend by a 10-8 margin.
 Basalyga would strike again early in period two scoring at the 14:43 mark giving the Herks a 2-0 lead, but that was short lived as the Bruins would score twice in two minutes and forty five seconds tying the game 2-2, with Dylan Anderson and Coiln Beauchamp scoring, they would outshoot the Canes 13-8.
 The final period was only five minutes old when the Bruins would take the lead at 3-1 with Karioja netting the go ahead marker, but Sainawap would even the game at 3-3 thirty seconds later. That would be all the scoring and both teams starting goaltenders would shut the door on the shooters. Canes starting goalie Brayden Martyn would face 32 shots, while the Bruins net minder Keeshtin Fiddler would handle 31 blasts.
                          SCORING SUMMARY (BANTAM)
1st; HERKS; Bruni ( Anderson, Waddington ) 5:13. 
2nd; Rangers;  Albertson ( Kristian Sirios, Moga ) 4:49. penalties; Rangers; Polito, trip, 1:57.
3rd; Rangers; Jamsa-Babcock ( Polito ) 9:12. HERKS; Basaraba ( Dale, Baxter ) pp. 6:51. penalties; Rangers; Tienhaara, double minor, head check, 8:21. Albertson, xcheck, 8:00. Polito, trip, 10 minute misconduct, 3:21.
                                  SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS           13         5          10        28
Rangers           8        17          10       35
                               Scoring Summary (Midget B )
1st; HERKS; Basalyga ( Smallwood ) 11:16. penalties; Bruins; Tilson, hook, 0:30.
2nd; HERKS; Basalyga ( Smallwood ) 14:43. Bruins; Anderson ( Blekkenhorst, Catanzaro ) 4:56. Beauchamp ( Wood, Karioja-Sundell ) 2:11.  penalties; HERKS; Smallwood, slash, 0:12.
3rd; Bruins; Karioja-Sundell ( Catanzaro ) 10:09. HERKS; Sainnawap (  unassisted ) 9:41.
                                  SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS     10         8         13         31
Bruins        8         13        11         32


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A team welcomed 2015 with a huge win as they would score a 4-1win over the front running Westfort Maroons, who has had their number over the course of the year. Brysen Bottoset would lead the Herks in offence with a pair of goals and one assist, Cameron Waddington would chip in with two assists and Spencer Baxter would also have a two point game with a goal and one helper, while Cameron Monty would stop 26 of 27 shots fired his way.
 Carson George would get the Canes on the board with just over six minutes left in the opening period, taking a rebound and lifting it over the shoulder of Maroon starting goaltender Cameron Taylor, Monty would be good on all seven Westfort shots. The Hurricanes would play a penalty free game.
 In the second frame the Maroons would tie the game at 1-1 as Sage Mamakeesick's backhand would elude Monty, but that would be all Monty would allow for the rest of the game, and the Hurricanes would score three unanswered goals for a 4-1 lead after two. Bottoset would score his first of two slamming home a loose puck passed Taylor, four and a half minutes later Bottoset would fine net again getting his second of the game making it 3-1 Canes, Traevaughn Dale would skate the puck out of the Herks zone getting to the Maroon blue line passing off to Waddington which created the perfect 2-1 with the pass landing on Spencer Baxter stick and would finish off the play by beating Taylor for a 4-1 lead with two complete. Monty would be the busier of the two goaltenders as he would take on 13 Westfort shots, while Taylor had to handle ten Canes blasts.
  The final period was scoreless, but the Hurricanes would play a very strong defensive game and would hold the Maroon's big guns off the scoresheet, the Westfort team seemed a little off, not used to being checked at every touch of the puck, and when they did get a scoring chance Monty was there to thwart their chances. 
 The Marrons are in first place in the Bantam A Division of Thunder Bay Minor Hockey for a reason they are a big strong team that can score, but with a near perfect defensive game by the Hurricanes was all that was needed to give the Westfort club everything they could handle, and shows that anybody can beat anyone at anytime.
 This was one of the Hurricanes most complete games of the season so far and will need a few more of these down the stretch with just ten games remaining in the regular season every point will be huge in grabbing a playoff spot. The next test will be on Monday night as the Herks will take on the Westfort Rangers.
                                SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; George ( Bottoset, Prokopowich ) 6:07.
2nd; Maroons; Mamakeesick ( Rogers, D.Mekanak ) 14:09. HERKS; Bottoset ( Baxter, Bruni ) 11:19. Bottoset ( Basaraba, Waddington ) 6:29. Baxter ( Dale, Waddington ) 034. penalties; Maroons; Rogers, head check, 11:19.
3rd; no scoring.
                               SHOTS ON GOAL
                   1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS         7         10         5           22
Maroons       5         13         9           27


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's climbed into second place in the Thunder Bay Minor standings after scoring a 4-0 win over the NorWest Stars. Bradley Deswiage made 26 saves recording his second shutout of the season, while two players recorded a two point game in the win. Brysen Bottoset and Carson George both had a goal and one assist.
 Spencer Baxter would score his 18th of the year, a minute and half into the game as he would beat Stars goalie Peter Daniele and the Canes would take an early 1-0 lead. It was a quiet offensive period as both clubs could only manage four shots apiece.
 Once again the Herks would score early in the period, Bottoset would only need thirty seconds to give the Canes a 2-0 lead with his 15th goal. The Hurricanes would sit back for a bit and the Stars picked up their game and would challenge Deswiage with a 12 shot period and he would shut the door on the NorWest shooters. And with six and a half minutes remaining in period two Kyler Basaraba would find net behind Daniele with his 15th. The Herks would close off the frame with a 3-0 lead. The Stars would outshoot the Canes 12-6.
 The final period would see both sides open it up, with a little more offence as each team would fire ten shots at the goaltenders. Deswiage would be tested late in period three as he would make two key saves as his club was on the penalty kill. At one point the Canes were two men down. George then would steal an errand NorWest pass and his tenth, would score into the empty Stars cage, while shorthanded, making the final 4-0.
 This was an important win for the Hurricanes as they try to solidify their playoff position with only six games left to play in the regular season. After they return from their tournament in Superior they will have a tough test as they will have to take on the Current River Comets.
                                          SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Baxter 18 ( Bell, Anderson ) 13:33. penalties; HERKS; Dykstra, hooking, 4:07.
2nd; HERKS; Bottoset 15 ( George, Dale ) 14:28. Basaraba 15 ( Bottoset, Kushiner ) 6:28. penalties; HERKS; Baxter, hooking, 1:56.
3rd; HERKS; George 10 ( unassisted ) sh.en. 2:44. penalties; HERKS; Merservia, double minor, head contact, 3:42. Dykstra, rough,1:03.
                                        SHOTS ON GOAL
               1st       2nd      3rd        Final
HERKS     4          6        10           20
Stars       4         12       10           26




The Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A's rebounded with a win over the Thunder Bay Beavers in league action, the win comes after a disappointing semi-final loss at the Robins Minor Hockey Classic Tournament. Defenceman Trae Dale led the Canes in scoring as he would score twice and add an assist, in a 5-2 victory.
 It was a scoreless opening frame, with the Hurricanes outshooting the Beavers 9-6
  Spencer Baxter would get things rolling for the Herks netting his 17th of the season at the 9:41 mark, 35 seconds later Dale's third of the year would see the Canes take a 2-0 lead, that would be followed by Jordan Meservia fourth and it was 3-0 for the Hurricanes after two. Cameron Monty was pitching a shutout for two periods facing fifteen shots, while Beavers tender Jacob Cook allowed three goals on 18 shots.
 Nick Bruni's red hot stick would continue getting his 22nd goal of the season four minutes into the final stanza increasing the Herk lead to 4-0. The Beavers would score twice cutting the lead in half at 4-2, as Kieran Lemelin would beat Monty at the 7:07 mark and at 4:27 of period three Nolan Tysoski would find the back of the net. Dale would seal the win for the Hurricanes with his second of the game and fourth of the season with 1:20 left in the game.
  With the win the Hurricanes climb into a second place tie with the Current River Comets with 25 points each, both teams have eight games remaining in the regular season and see themselves five points out of top spot occupied by the Westfort Maroons. Next for the Herks will be a test against the NorWest Stars on Sunday at the Nor West Arena.
                              SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring; penalties; HERKS; Dykstra, hook, 13:08.
2nd; HERKS; Baxter 17 ( Anderson, Waddington ) 9:41. Dale 3 ( Monty ) 9:14. Meservia 4 ( Kushiner, Dale ) 3:41. penalties; HERKS;  Meservia, slash, 2:55. Beavers; Johnson, hook, 9:30.
3rd; HERKS; Bruni  22 ( Bell ) 11:14. Beavers; Lemelin ( Ibey, Johnson ) 7:07. Tysoski ( Lemelin ) 4:27. HERKS; Dale 4 ( Basaraba ) 1:20. penalties; Beavers; Mishenene, boarding, 6:31. Mishenene, double minor, head contact, 2:13.
                              SHOTS ON GOAL
               1st       2nd      3rd       Final
HERKS     9         9          9          27
Beavers    6         9        10          25


The Fort William Hurricanes would use a 14 goal explosion in two games and they would advance to the Bantam A Semi-Final on Sunday at the Robins Minor Hockey Classic. The Herks would score a 6-2 win over the Marathon Mercs in the early game and then top it off with a 8 -5 victory versus the Superior All-Stars. The Canes went undefeated in the round robin going 3-0-1, but with the goals for, goals against differential they would have to settle for second spot in their division and will face the Current River Comets. The other Semi-Final will have the Westfort Maroons taking on the Superior All-Stars.
 Kyler Basaraba would score twice leading the Hurricane offence in game one against the Marathon Mercs, Cameron Monty would make 18 saves on twenty shots.
 Spencer Baxter would get the Herks going late in period one scoring at the 6:03 mark for a 1-0 lead, 43 seconds later Basaraba would get his first of the game making it 2-0, but with just under a minute left in period one Tanner Kwissiwa would get one by Monty cutting the lead in half at 2-1.
 The Canes would score four unanswered goals in the middle frame and never look back from there. Cameron Waddington would start the goal spree at 13:18, Basaraba would score a short handed goal at 8:20, with Nick Bruni scoring a power play marker at 7:02, Nick Jacobson would round out the scoring making the score 6-1 Herks with two in the books. 
 Period three was scoreless until the last minute when Callum Richter scored a power play goal making it a 6-2 final.
 The final game of the round robin would determine if the Herks would take first spot in the division, it turned out to be a tougher game then anticipated even though the Herks would punch out a 8-5 win over the Superior All-Stars. Brysen Bottoset and Carson George would lead the Canes offence with two goals and two assists,with Nick Bruni scoring twice and one assist, Kyler Basaraba would chip in with a three assist game, leading the way for the All-Stars were Braedan Carangi with the hat trick and Eric Tremblay with two. Cameron Monty faced 28 Superior shots, with the Canes firing 32.
  Bottoset would get the ball rolling early as he would snipe his first of two ten seconds into the game, four minutes later the All-Stars would tie the game at 1-1 with Carangi beating Monty at the 11:53, Carangi's second goal of the game would give the All-Stars a 2-1 lead, Bottoset's second goal of the game would tie the game up at 2-2, and with just fourteen seconds left in period one Bruni's first goal of the night would give the Herks a 3-2 lead after one complete. The All-Stars would manage to out shoot the Canes 11-8, but Monty would only allow the two goals against.
 Period two would see the Hurricanes outscore Superior 4-0 and take a 7-2 lead after two periods. Carson George would score nine seconds after the opening face off making it 4-2, Spencer Baxter would follow that a minute later and it was 5-2, Lucas Dykstra's point shot would see the lead go to 6-2, George's second goal of the period closed out the scoring at 7-2, Monty made no mistakes making eight saves, and the Herks looked comfortable going into the break with first place in their sights.
 When the third period began it only took the Superior All-Stars two minutes to get on the board as the Tremblay show began, he would score twice in 40 seconds cutting the Canes lead to 7-4 with lots of hockey to play. But after that little defensive lapse by the Herks they would settle down and regain their defensive play and shut down the All-Star's offense, Bruni's second goal of the game would make it 8-4 and the victory was complete, Tremblay's hat trick goal came with just four seconds left in the game making the final 8-5.
 The Hurricanes had a very impressive round robin portion of this tournament going 3-0-1, scoring twenty goals and only allowing ten. They have had a few weak moments where it cost has them at times, but then would rebound quickly and turn things around in their favour. They will need to put together a complete game against their semi-final opponents the Current River Comets and this is definitely within their reach.
                              SCORING SUMMARY ( MARATHON )
1st; HERKS; Baxter ( Bruni, Dykstra ) 6:03. Basaraba ( Bottoset, George ) 5:15. Mercs; Kwissiwa ( unassisted ) 0:54.penalties; Mercs; Leduc, head contact, 13:02.
2nd; HERKS; Waddington ( Adams ) 13:18. Basaraba ( Bell ) sh. 8:20. Bruni ( Baxter, Dale ) pp. 7:02. Jacobson ( Merservia, Kushiner ) 6:28. penalties; HERKS; Prokopowich, xcheck, 9:17. Kushiner, rough, 12:26. Mercs; Richter, xcheck,7:46. Kwissiwa, int. 4:12.
3rd; Mercs; Richter ( Michano ) 0:50. penalties; HERKS; bench minor, to many men, 6:32. Bottoset, slash, 2:01. Mercs; Leduc, int. 9:05. Richter, int.5:08.
                                 SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st      2nd       3rd        Final
HERKS      6        10          6           22
Mercs         9         8          3            20
                             Superior All-Stars (summary )
1st;  HERKS; Bottoset ( Basaraba, George ) 14:50. Superior; Carangi ( Speziale ) 11:53. Carangi ( Anderson ) pp.8:48. HERKS; Bottoset ( Basaraba,George ) 5:15. Bruni ( Anderson, Baxter ) 0:14. penalties; HERKS; Waddington, slash, 9:48.
2nd; HERKS; George ( Basaraba, Bottoset ) 14:41. Baxter ( Anderson, Bruni ) 13:40. Dykstra ( Bottoset, Dale ) 11:50. George ( unassisted ) 8:49. penalties; HERKS; Bell, slash, 7:12.
3rd; Superior; Tremblay ( unassisted ) 13:02. Tremblay ( unassisted ) 12:52. HERKS: Bruni ( Baxter, Anderson ) 6:39. Superior; Tremblay ( unassisted ) 0:04.
                                     SHOTS ON GOAL
               1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS      8         13        11          32
Superior    11         8          9           28


The Bantam A first place Westfort Maroons showed their might and would go on to defeat the Fort William Hurricanes by a 5-1 score. Bernie Mekenak would lead the league leaders with a pair of blasts from the point and Bradley Rogers would have a three point night with a goal and a pair of assists. Kyler Basaraba would score the Canes lone goal, while Cameron Monty would face 35 Maroon shots.
 The first period was scoreless with both teams recording seven shots apiece.
 The Maroons would get on board two minutes into period two as a shot by Dawson Grant would deflect off a Herk defender and get by a surprised Monty it was a shorthanded goal, three minutes later Mekenak would score his first of two with a well placed point shot increasing the Westfort lead to 2-0, four minutes after Jack DeJong would lift the Maroons to a 3-0 advantage. The Maroons would go on to outshoot the Canes by 15-10 count.
 Rogers would make the score 4-0 scoring at the 9:52 mark of the final frame, the Hurricanes would finally get on the scoresheet as Basaraba would net his 21st of the season cutting into the lead with 8:36 remaining in the game, but that would be all the scoring the Herks could muster, as Mekenak would score his second and the Maroons fifth of the game with just 2:29 left. Again Westfort would outshoot the Canes 13-7.
 This would be the first time this season the Hurricanes would not record a win following a tournament. The Maroons are the top Bantam A team and every game the Herks play them is always a tough one. Now with the playoff positions tightening up and everyone trying to avoid a first round match up with the league leaders, the last two games become very critical. But sometimes playoffs can be surprising. Next up for the Canes will be on Thursday facing off with the NorWest Stars, at the NorWest Arena.
                                           SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring; penalties; Maroons; Grant, holding, 4:45.
2nd; Maroons; Grant ( VanderZwagg ) sh. 13:16. Mekenak ( Lindquist, Rogers 
10:35. DeJong ( Mamakeesick ) 7:57. penalties; HERKS; Waddington, slash, 6:15. Maroons; Mekenak, rough, 13:56. Grant, rough, 7:17. Jonestone, trip, 4:20.
3rd; Maroons; Rogers ( Blackstar, Badolato ) pp. 9:52. HERKS; Basaraba 21 
( George ) 8:36. Maroons; Mekenak ( Rogers ) 2:29. penalties; HERKS; Dale, charging, 10:27. Dale, unsportsmanlike, 7:41. Bruni, double minor, head contact, 1:58. Maroons; Rogers, boarding, 7:41.
                                              SHOTS ON GOAL
                        1st        2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS              7          10          7         24
Maroons           7          15         13        35


The Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A's could not score a goal and let a 38 save performance from starting goaltender Cameron Monty go to waste. Monty would be a the story for two periods as he would make 25 saves and help keeping the game close at 0-0 after two.But the Edina Hornets would score three times in a five minute span giving them a 3-0 win over the Herks. Spencer Christianson would score all three goals for the Hornets. It was the opening game for both teams at the Colder By the Lake Tournament in Superior Wisconsin.
 In period one both teams would feel each other out, with the Hornets coming out on top of the shot clock at 12-7, the Herks would kill off two penalties.
 The Hornets would come out of the break a little more quicker than their opponents from Canada and would take the play to the Canes, this is where Monty would shine making two or three huge stops keeping his team mates in the game, but the Hurricane offence disappeared as they could only muster a three shot performance against Edina goaltender Andrew Salsbury.
 Monty's shutout bid would come to an end at the 10:20 mark of period three as Spencer Christianson would sneak one by the Herks net minder for a 1-0 lead, three minutes later Christianson would net his second of the game making it 2-0, he would complete his natural hat trick at the 15:30 mark, making the final 3-0 Hornets.
 With the shutout loss the Hurricanes will find it very tough to qualify for the Champioship game, with just two games remaining in the tournament, while Edina will pick up five points with the win. Next game for the Canes will be Anoka on Saturday.
                                        SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring; penalties; HERKS; Dale, high stick, Waddington, two minute boarding, & 10 minute misconduct.
2nd; no scoring; penalties; HERKS; Merservia, int. Edina, Spades, int.
3rd; Edina; Christianson ( Bornfleth ) 10:20. Christianson ( Rodeghier ) 13:00. Christianson ( Slaney ) 15:30. penalties; HERKS; Bell, rough. Edina; Hailing, rough.
                                               SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS            7          3          5          15
Edina             12         13       16         41


The Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A team had a 0-2-2 record in the NorWest Tournament but would qualify for the final playoff spot just edging out the NorWest Stars on percentage points. They will now face off against the Current River Comets in the first semi-final game, the other semi will see the Westfort Rangers take on the Thunder Bay Beavers.
 The Herks would open the tournament on Friday with a hard fought 2-2 tie with the NorWest Stars, both teams would score once in periods one and two. The Canes would open the scoring with Spencer Baxter netting his 23rd at the 13:00 minute mark, that would be answered by the Stars with 4:40 left in period one with Aiden Morancy scoring. Period two would see  Branden Kushnier score his 10th of the year giving the Herks a 2-1 lead, but NorWest would come back and tie the score once again with Jacob West getting the equalizer at 2-2. There would be no scoring in the final frame. Hurricanes starting net minder Cameron Monty would make 27 saves on 29 shots, with Jonathon Jewett making 34 saves. Carson George would be the game MVP for the Canes.
 Game two was against the Westfort Rangers and they would walk away with an 8-2 win sinking the Canes to a 0-1-1 record. The Rangers would come out on fire and would score three times in six and a half minutes chasing Herks starting net minder Bradley Deswiage who would allow three goals on eight shots. Cameron Monty would take over in the Canes net. Nicholas Polito would score Westforts first two goals, with Curtis Brady making it 3-0, Branden Kushnier would cut the lead to 3-1 scoring his 11th of the season, but the Rangers would make it 5-1 as they would strike twice 31 seconds apart, with Noah Albertson scoring twice. The Rangers would score one time in the second with Justin Caruso making the score 6-1 after two. Jordan Merservia's 6th of the sea on would open the scoring in the final period making it 6-2, but the Rangers offence was on fire this night as they would tally two times in a minute span, as Garrett Sheparski and Bradley Anderson would find the back of the net making the final 8-2. Kushnier would receive the MVP game award.
 The game three contest would see the Hurricanes battle back from a 1-0 deficit and get a third period goal to tie the Thunder Bay Beavers 1-1. After a scoreless opening frame, the Beavers would take a 1-0 lead on the power play as Jeremiah Mishenene would fire a shot passed Bradley Deswiage and the Rangers would take a 1-0 lead into the dressing room. Jordan Merservia would pot his seventh of the season early in period three tying the game at 1-1. That would be all the scoring this game would see and the Herks would gain their second tie of the tournament. Deswiage would face 27 Beavers shots and was named game MVP.
 The Hurricanes would need to win, tie or hope for a miracle to move on to the semi finals, and would have to face-off against a tough opposition in the Current River Comets. There would be ten goals scored in the first two periods, with the Comets scoring six times and the Canes with four. In the opening frame the Comets would score first, the Canes would take a 2-1 lead only to see Current River battle back to tie the score at 2-2. Jacob Hill would give the Comets an early 1-0 lead as he would score thirty seconds into the game. The Canes would come back with two goals for a 2-1 lead with Branden Kushnier firing his 12th, Kyler Basaraba would score his 19th, but with two minutes remaining in period one Mason Paxton would tie the game at 2-2. Current River would take a 3-2 lead with Joshua Gauthier scoring, the Canes would then tie the game at three apiece twenty five seconds later with Spencer Baxter's 24th of the year scored on the power play, but that was short lived as Eric Lampo's power play goal would restore a Comet one goal lead at 4-3, Nick Bruni would score his team leading 28th of the season once again tying the game at 4-4. Current River would score two more power play goals before the second period would come to a close, as Colby Barker and Gauthier with his second of the game would make it 6-4 Comets after two. There would be scoring in period three and the Hurricanes would be out shot by a 11-3 margin. Herks starting goalie Cameron Monty would have to handle 41 total Comet shots, while the Canes would score four times on twenty shots. Carter Adams was the game MVP.
 So after the math was all done the Hurricanes would just slip by the NorWest team by mere percentage points.


The Fort William Hurricanes finished the Colder By The Lake Tournament on a high note scoring a 5-3 win over the host Superior Lakers, not only was it the Canes first win of the tourney, it also saw them score their first goals of the weekend. Brysen Bottoset would tally a pair of goals leading the Canes to the win, Jordan Merservia would chip in with three assists, Cameron Monty would pick up the win in goal, as the Hurricanes would finish the tournament with a 1-0-2 record
 Nick Bruni would finally break the goal less drought for the Herks scoring at the 12:31 mark staking the Canes to a 1-0 lead, that would be followed by Brandon Kushiner's goal extending the lead to 2-0, but with thirty five seconds Drew DeBruyne would score for the Lakers cutting into the Herks lead at 2-1 after one.
 Bottoset would score his first of two early in the second period while on the power play and the Canes would regain their two goal lead back. Carson George would score four minutes later making it 4-1 with two complete. Monty would handle ten Superior shots that period.
 Four minutes into the final period Superior would score making it 4-2 with Keegan Rice firing one passed Monty. Bottoset's second goal of the game would make it 5-2 with six and a half minutes left in the game. The Lakers would then score a some what disputable goal with just under two minutes remaining, and the game would end at 5-3.
 Even though the tournament wasn't as successful as they wanted the Bantams learned that they must come prepared each and every game, a lesson well learned. Hopefully with the win it will help them with their next encounter as they will return to league play on Thursday as they will take on the Current River Comets.


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's would let a crucial game versus the Westfort Rangers slip away, with the Canes leading 3-1 with under ten minutes left in the game, the Westfort club would score three unanswered goals and go on to a 4-3 win over the Herks. With the loss the Hurricanes fall from second spot to third in the Bantam A standings. The game would feature six speciality goals as both teams would combine with four power play and two shorthanded goals. Leading the way for the Canes would be Brysen Bottoset and Kyler Basaraba with a goal and an assist each, while Michael Moga scored the hat trick along with one helper, Connor Lyberger would count three assists for the winners.
 The opening frame was scoreless and both teams played a strong defensive game and Herks starting goaltender Cameron Monty would stop the eight shots directed his way, while the Canes would fire a mere three shots at Ranger goalie Anjelina Badanai.
 Period two belonged to Monty as he would face a barrage of Westfort shots and he would make good on 18 of the 19 shots. Many were close in and he would make sure the rebounds were under his control. Nick Bruni would score his team leading 25th goal of the year giving the Herks an early 1-0 lead scoring at the 14:17 mark, this would be the only even strength goal of the contest. Monty would give up a power play goal with six minutes left in the period and it made the game 1-1 after two. This would be Moga's first of three on the night.
 The final stanza would see what was a calm but hard hitting contest with a mere two penalties called through two periods, change completely as the referee would make nine penalty calls, two that were suspect at best, it seemed to benefit the Herks at first. Kyler Basaraba would give the Canes a 2-1 lead 58 seconds into the period scoring his 17th shorthanded, three minutes later Bottoset would increase the Hurricane's lead to 3-1 with his 20th of the year, while on the power play. While the Rangers were down a man they would score a shorthanded goal of their own a minute later with Nicholas Polito finishing off a two on one break and Westfort would close the gap at 3-2. Moga would complete his hat trick performance by scoring twice on the power play, his second power play goal tied the game at 3-3 at the 4:23 mark, and with just a minute and thirty one seconds left in the game he would score his teams third extra man goal, giving him the hat trick and three power play goals, resulting in a very tough 4-3 loss for the Hurricanes. Another blow to the Herks was the loss of Bottoset, with just under three minutes left in the game, he would take a very questionable hit from behind penalty, which resulted in a game misconduct, with a two game suspension added on. There was a lot of calls that were let go that were far more serious than this penalty called on Bottoset, but the call was made and now the Hurricanes will pay the price. The Canes were outshot by the Rangers by a 40-20 count.
 These final games down the home stretch are going to be very tough as the top four clubs will be fighting for a playoff position that they feel comfortable with. Next for the Hurricanes will be the Nipigon Elks on Thursday.
                                  SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring.
2nd; HERKS; Bruni 25 ( Baxter, Prokopowich ) 14:17. Rangers; Moga ( Grassia, Lyberger ) pp. 5:59. penalties; HERKS; Merservia, double minor, head contact, 7:37.
3rd; HERKS; Basaraba 17 ( Bottoset ) sh. 12:20. Bottoset 20 ( Basaraba, George ) pp. 9:53. Rangers; Polito ( Moga, Lyberger ) sh. 8:14. Moga ( Lyberger ) pp. 4:23. Moga ( Lyberger, Albertson ) pp. 1:31. penalties; HERKS; Bruni, kneeing, 14:02. Baxter, int. 7:26. Dykstra, int. 5:49. Bottoset, checking from behind & game misconduct, 2:41. Rangers; Kuhun, int. 11:29. Lyberger, double minor, head contact, 10:05. Jasma-Babcock, holding, 3:57.
                                               SHOTS ON GOAL
                          1ST       2ND       3RD       FINAL
HERKS                 3          10           7           20
Rangers                8          19          13         40


After going four regular season and two tournament games, the Fort William Bantam A Hurricanes finally defeat the Current River Comets by a score of 5-0. The Canes were led by the line of Brysen Bottoset ( 2-1), Carson George (0-3) and Kyler Basaraba (1-2) with nine scoring points combined, also having a hand in the win was starting Herk net minder Bradley Deswiage as he would stop all 31 Comet shots. This was a huge load off of the Hurricanes back as the Comet dominance was always on their minds.
 Bottoset's 18th of the season and first of the game would come as he would finish off a perfect 2-1 pass from George beating Comet goalie Evan MacArthur for a 1-0 lead, with just over a minute remaining in the opening period Nick Bruni would pot his 24th of the year. Deswiage would be perfect on the 13 shots he would face, and the Canes would take a 2-0 lead after one.
 Basaraba's 16th goal of the year would be scored three minutes into the middle frame upping the Canes lead to 3-0, Bottoset's second of the contest would come six minutes later and the lead was now 4-0, that goal would bump Bottoset up to 19 for the year. Both teams would have a nine shot period. 
 After the teams returned to the ice after the break, it looked like the Herks were reenergized and they would score  two minutes into the final period with Spencer Baxter finding the back of the net behind MacArthur for his 19th of the year, it would be the only power play goal of the game and the Canes would see their lead increase to 5-0. Deswiage would come up big late in the frame making two saves preserving his shutout bid, this would be back to back regular season shut outs for him. The Herks would outshoot the Comets by a 10-9 margin in period three.
 The Hurricane defensive game was to keep the Current River shooters to the outside making them shoot from the perimeter and not giving them the second and third shots after a save, a great team effort all around. This was, as solid a game against one of the division power houses you could ask for and with games running out every performance from here, will carry on to the playoffs and you may meet one of these clubs along the way. This was the fourth time this season that the Bantams would win a game after a tournament.
 A real nice touch for the game was the Herk moms, they would take a page from the NHL when the moms go on the road with their team and wear the team jersey. Such was the case for the Hurricanes, as all the moms that were at tonights game donned their sons jersey. It was a great gesture by the moms and it seemed to spark the boys play. "Three cheers for the Moms"
 Next up for the Canes will be on Sunday as they will take on the Westfort Rangers.
                                        SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Bottoset 18 ( George, Basaraba ) 8:55. Bruni 24 ( Dykstra ) 1:08
penalties; HERKS; Bell, trip, 12:42. 
2nd; HERKS; Basaraba 16 ( Bottoset, George ) 12:11. Bottoset 19 ( Basaraba George ) 6:53. penalties; HERKS; Kushiner, rough, 6:05. Merservia, double minor, head contact, 6:05. Comets; Paxton, slash, 6:05. Gauthier, double minor, head contact, 6:05.
3rd; HERKS; Baxter 19 ( Anderson, Waddington ) pp. 13:20. penalties; HERKS; Merservia, hooking, 12:44. Comets; Barker, tripping, 14:08. Coppola, 10 minute misconduct, 11:35.
                                     SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS            5           9        11          25
Comets         13          9          9          31


The Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A's regained second spot in the Bantam A standings after defeating the Nipigon Elks.
 The Herks were led by Carson George and Spencer Baxter with three goals apiece while Bradley Deswiage would stop 19 of 20 shots for the Hurricanes in the win.
 With the win the Canes now hold a slim one point lead over the Westfort Rangers and three points on the Current River Comets.Next game will be with the the Thunder Bay Beavers. The Hurricanes were without Brysen Bottoset who was serving game one of a two game suspension.
                                               SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; George 12 ( Anderson, Kushiner ) 14:09. George 13 ( Dykstra, Merservia ) 9:15. George 14 ( Merservia, Adams ) 5:56. Baxter 20 ( Dale, Jacobson ) 3:52. Dale 5 ( Deswiage, Basaraba ) pp. 0:17. penalties; HERKS; George, hooking, 2:53. Nipigon; Hart, hooking, 13:00. Dumanski, hooking, 1:41. Wagner, slashing, 1:13.
2nd; HERKS; Basaraba 18 ( Adams, Bruni ) 12:31. Baxter 21 ( Merservia. George ) 10:40. Baxter 22 ( Dale, Prokopowich ) 6:57. Anderson 8 ( Jacobson
Waddington ) 4:25. penalties; HERKS; Bell, head contact, 2:04.
3rd; Nipigon; Zechnar ( Harvey, Wagner ) 11:57. HERKS; Bruni 24 ( Dale, Anderson ) 0:20. penalties; HERKS; Bell, slash, 8:57.
                                           SHOTSON GOAL
                          1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS               17        16         11          44
Nipigon               4         5          11          20


The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's were shut out once again at the Colder By The Lake Tournament, in Superior Wisc.The Canes offence has been completely shut down in their two round robin games, having not scored a goal in over 104 minutes of play going back to the last regular season game, getting shut out in one 3-0 by the Edina Hornets and in game two a 5-0 whitewash by Anoka, shots on goal have been lopsided as the Herks have only had a a grand total of 22 shots, with Hurricane goaltenders facing 90 shots over the two games.. With the two losses and being shutout it now moves them to the 11th/12th place game.
 Starting Herk goaltender Bradley Deswiage would have a busy opening frame taking on fourteen Anoka shots and holding his own, but with just over three minutes remaining Parker Jaeger would score his first of two beating Deswiage point blank from the slot, and period one ended with Anoka holding a 1-0 lead.
 The continuous Anoka pressure would continue into the middle period and the Canes would play most the period in their own end. Anoka would score three times, two even strength and one power play. Tyler Stevens, Jaeger with his second and Camren Shaw scoring with the man advantage. Deswiage would end up facing another 15 shots, and the Herks would not record a shot in period two.
 A twenty shot barrage from the Anoka team would cap their dominating performance over the Herks but would only score once, with Jack Ahart scoring making it 5-0. The Canes would play a little better in the third and a have a couple of scoring chances but it was not meant to be, and the game would end with the Hurricanes being blanked for two straight games.
 The final game of the tournament will be played on Sunday morning very early (7:00 am) and they will need for their offence to wake up with them  breaking this frustrating the shutout string. They need to get back on track scoring goals like they are capable of.
                                        SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Anoka; Jaeger ( Putt ) 12:10. penalties; Anoka; Shaw, hooking.
2nd; Anoka; Stevens ( Jaeger, Putt ) 13:55. Jaeger ( Stevens ) 11:21. Shaw ( unassisted ) pp. 2:03. penalties; HERKS; Dykstra, hooking. Dykstra, tripping. Anoka; Glick, tripping. Jaeger, tripping.
3rd; Anoka; Ahart ( unassisted ) 8:15. penalties; Anoka; Putt, hooking.
                                                      SHOTS ON GOAL
                    1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS          3          0           4           7
Anoka         14        15         20        49


The Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A team stole two points as they edged the Thunder Bay Beavers 2-0 in league play. The Canes would have trouble from the opening face-off as the Beavers were without a goaltender for seven an a half minutes and the Herks could not muster a shot at the empty cage. If not for the stellar goaltending of Cameron Monty in period one the Hurricanes could have found themselves in big trouble. Branden Kushnier would lead the Canes with a goal and one assist, with Monty having  23 shots potting his third shutout of the season.
 When the puck dropped to start the game the Hurricanes would be in trouble, losing the opening face-off they would battle to keep the puck out of their net, while the Beavers cage remained empty the Herks could not generate any offence and Monty had to be good making sure the score would remain close, he would have to face 11 Beavers shots and he made good on all that were fired at him. The Beavers goalie finally arrived with just under eight minutes left to play, but it made no difference as the Herks would finally get their first shot on goal with nine seconds left in the frame.
 Period two was all defence with little or no offence and both goaltenders would handle six shots each. But with thirty two seconds left Lucas Dykstra would streak down the left side, as he hit the hash marks he would blast his third of the year through Beavers net minder Dawson DeSousa and the Herks would take a 1-0 lead, through two.
 Once again the game would not show much enthusiasm by both teams as the pace was slow, and not much offence was evident. The Beavers did manage to outshoot the Canes by a 6-4 margin. The Beavers would pull DeSousa for the extra attacker with 3:25 left in the third, but Monty made the saves he needed to make and Kushnier would slide one into the empty Beaver net giving the Hurricanes a 2-0 with 1:33 left in the game, it was his eighth of the season.
 With three more league games left in the regular season, the Hurricanes need to bring their "A" game every game and not slack off and give the opposition any life at all, they must learn to take the advantage when it is presented to them. They are a good team when they play in both sides of the ice.
 Next up for the Herks will be an exhibition game versus the Thunder Bay Queens Bantam AA's, that will follow with their final tournament of the year, as they will participate in the NorWest Tournament, starting on Friday February 27, 2015.
                                     SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring; penalties; HERKS; Prokopowich, boarding, 11:13. Bruni,xcheck, 2:28.
2nd; HERKS; Dykstra 3 ( Kushnier, Jacobson ) 0:32. penalties; HERKS; Bruni, unsportsmanlike, 0:00.
3rd; HERKS; Kushnier 8 ( George, Basaraba ) en. 1:33.
                                         SHOTS ON GOAL
                   1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS          1         6           4         11
Beavers        11        6            6        23


Bradley Deswiage would stop 29 shots four his fourth shut out , and Kyler Basaraba would have a goal and one assist, as the Bantam Fort William Hurricanes would score a 3-0 win over the NorWest Stars. With the win it puts the Canes into a second place spot in the standings with one game left giving them 35 points, two points up on third place Current River Comets. Both clubs will face off with each other one more time ending the regular season.
 The opening period would see Deswiage have a light time in goal facing just three Stars shots, while the Hurricanes would have an eight shot period.
 Basaraba would make it 1-0 Herks three minutes into the middle frame as his 21st of the season would prove to be the game winner. With 2:45 remaining in the period Nathan Prokopowich would pot his first of the year giving the Canes a 2-0 lead after two. Deswiage had a lot busier period as he had a 15 shot barrage fired his way and held the NorWest club off the score sheet.
 NorWest would not give up and they would continue to pepper Deswiage in the final stanza with a 11 shots directed at the Cane net but could not score. The Herks would take a penalty with just over two minutes left in the game, the Stars would pull their starting goaltender Peter Daniele creating a 6 on 4 man advantage, Lucas Dykstra would dump the puck deep into NorWest corner, Basaraba would hustle to the loose puck and feed a perfect pass to an oncoming Brysen Bottoset who would make no mistake ripping his 21st goal of the year into the empty giving the Herks a well deserved 3-0 win.
 The Hurricanes worked hard against a stubborn NorWest team and got a complete game from the goaltending, defence and the offence. With one more test in the regular season, they will need this type of game to get by their rival Comets, who not only will be their last game of the season, but will be more than likely their first round opponents in the upcoming playoffs.
                                       SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring; penalties; HERKS; George, rough, 0:41. Stars; Green, int. 12:06. McGonigal, rough, 0:41.
2nd; HERKS; Basaraba 21 ( Merservia, George ) 12:09. Prokopowich 1 ( Baxter, Adams ) 2:45. penalties; Stars; Green, slash, 0:10.
3rd; HERKS; Bottoset 21 ( Basaraba, Dykstra ) sh.en. 2:34. penalties; HERKS; Merservia, head contact, 3:23. Stars; Jeffers, hooking, 8:53.
                                        SHOTS ON GOAL
                        1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS             10         7          8         25
Stars                3         15        11        29


The Bantam A semi final game in the NorWest Stars of the Future Tournament, featured the Current River Comets taking on the Fort William Hurricanes. After a ten goal explosion between the two teams in the final round robin game, they could only manage one goal in four periods of hockey. The Current River club would score late in period two of the semi final game and go on to take the game 1-0.
 The first period would end scoreless as the Canes starting netmider Bradley Deswiage would face seven Comet shots, while Comet goalie handled two. Deswiage would have to be good as Current River fired 15 shots and he stood his ground until the final minute and a half of period two, he would make the original stop, but there would be a Comet left in front of the net and would score on the rebound, making it 1-0 Current River after two. The third was much of the same defensively as both clubs would struggle to generate any kind of offence, and the contest would end with the Comets moving on to the championship by winning this game 1-0.
 The Herk power outage has been evident for most of the tournament as goals have been hard to come by, other than scoring the four goals in the last game, they netted four goals in three games. This lack of offence by the Canes won't last as they have the fire power and the talent to score and they will need it with the playoffs just around the corner. The regular season resumes (Monday, March 2) as they will take on the first place Westfort Maroons.


The Fort William Hurricanes Bantam A's won their last regular season by a score of 5-3 over the Current River Comets, with the win the Herks would finish in second place in the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey standings. Both teams would score three times on the power play, with Kyler Basaraba and Brysen Bottoset scoring one goal, and would add three assists each for the Canes. Cameron Monty would face 23 shots grabbing the win.
 Basaraba would open the scoring at the 14:17 mark of the opening frame with his 22nd goal of the season and the Herks would jump into a 1-0 lead, but they would take two penalties back to back giving the Comets a two man advantage. It would not take long for Current River to make the Hurricanes pay as Eric Lampo would score a power play goal at 7:10 tying the game 1-1, they would score again being a man up at 6:51 as Carson Kulmala made it 2-1 Comets. Spencer Baxter would score his 25th of the year with a Comet player in the box and it was 2-2, but with just one second left on the clock Bottoset would take a perfect cross crease pass from Basaraba and tap his 22nd passed Evan MacArthur and period one would end with the Canes up 3-2.
 The Comets would tie the game up at 3-3 with one minute gone in the middle frame with Tyler Main scoring a power play goal. This would be Monty's period to shine after the power play marker he would slam the door closed and keep the Current River shooters off the score sheet making 12 saves on 13 shots. With just under ten minutes gone in the second Jordan Merservia would tally on the power play and the Canes would regain the lead at 4-3, with his eighth of the season.
 Carson George would put the game on ice for the Hurricanes as he would make it 5-3 with another power play goal 40 seconds into period three giving him 15 on the season. The Herks defence would then take over the game as they would keep the Comet offence to a mere three shots going on to the victory.
 The Hurricanes would end the regular season with two wins which should give them a boost going into the playoffs, starting on Sunday March 22nd.
                                                SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Basaraba 22 ( Dale, Bottoset ) 14:17. Comets; Lampo ( Main, Francis ) pp. 7:10. Kulmala ( unassisted ) pp. 6:51. HERKS; Baxter 25 ( Bruni, Bell ) pp. 4:51. Bottoset 22 ( Basaraba, George ) 0:01. penalties; HERKS; Bruni, roughing, 8:51. Bottoset, trip, 7:35. Comets; Barker, trip, 6:11.
2nd; Comets; Main ( Staruch, Ford ) pp. 14:00. HERKS; Merservia 8 ( Bottoset, Basaraba ) pp. 9:54. penalties; HERKS; Baxter, boarding, 3:03. Comets; Gauthier, holding, 10:38. Barker, double minor, head contact, 1:03.
3rd; HERKS; George 15 ( Basaraba, Bottoset ) pp. 14:20.
                                                SHOTS ON GOAL
                    1st        2nd       3rd        Final
HERKS          9         12          11         32
Comets        7         13            3         23


Brysen Bottoset's second period goal and a 28 shot, shutout performance by Bradley Deswiage would give the Bantam A Fort William Hurricanes a slim 1-0 win over the Current River Comets and with the win force a game four, with the Comets holding a 2-1 games lead in the best three of five semi-final series.
 It was a scoreless first period, and Deswiage would have a relatively easy go facing only four shots, but would come up big stopping the Comets on a clear cut breakaway. Total shots would favour the Canes 6-4, in this defensive struggle.
 The Comets would pick up the offence and would test Deswiage with a 12 shot barrage but he would not allow anything by. When the Herks entered the Current River zone with a dump in by Trae Dale, it would be picked up by Kyler Basaraba, who would fire a shot at Jack Bryson in the Comet net, he would make the save, but left a rebound out and Bottoset would jump of all over it netting his 23rd of the year, giving the Herks a 1-0 lead at 9:02 of period two.
 Once again defence was the name of the game and the ice battles were huge, as either team would not give an inch. The goaltending refused to give in and scoring chances were limited, even though the Comets did have a dozen more shots. A late penalty call on the Hurricanes would give the Comets a 6 on 4 advantage (with the goaltender pulled) called with just 1:39 remaining in the third frame, but a solid penalty kill would preserve the win for the Herks, and so they live to fight another day.
 The Hurricanes shut out was a complete team effort, Deswiage would make the initial save and absorb the rebound, whatever was left out, the defence would clear and make sure there was no second shot.
 Game number four should be on Sunday March 29, 2:00 pm Fort William First Nations Arena, but this is unofficial as of now, make sure you check with team manager to confirm.
 Our Midget AA's lead their best three of five series against the Westend Bruins two games to none, winning by 5-1, and 3-2 in double overtime. However our Midget B's have been eliminated after losing a tight one 3-2 to the Westend Bruins.
                                      SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring; penalties; Comets; Staruch, slashing, 0:00.
2nd; HERKS; Bottoset 23 ( Basaraba, Dale ) 9:02. penalties; HERKS; Bottoset, rough, 13:36. Dykstra, check to head, 13:05. Lampo, rough, 13:36.
3rd; no scoring; penalties; HERKS; George, hooking, 1:39.
                                     SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS           6           8           6         20
Comets           4         12          12        28


The Bantam A Fort William Hurricanes find themselves fighting for their playoff lives after being defeated 8-4 by the Current River Comets, and now down two games to nothing in a best of five semi-final it will be a tough climb to get back into the series. The Herks would come out and score two goals 19 seconds apart for a 2-0 lead, but then that lead would evaporate as the Comets would score six unanswered goals. Nick Jacobson would score twice and his line mates of Jordan Merservia and Brandon Kushiner would have a pair of assists each, Nicholas Staruch would register two goals and one assist, while Colby Barker and Eric lampo would net a pair of goals for the Comets.
 The Hurricanes would open the scoring at the 6:20 mark of the opening frame as Kyler Basaraba would beat Comet goalie Evan MacArthur top corner for the 1-0 lead for his 23rd of the year, line mate Brysen Bottoset would also net number 23 as his beauty wrist shot found the back of the net, and the Herks were up 2-0 and were looking good. Current River then woke up and would score three times in less than five minutes. Eric Lampo would score at 5:09, and that would start the comeback, Barker would tie the game at 2-2 two minutes later, Lampo's second goal of the game and period was scored with 0:56 seconds remaining in period one and the Comets would find themselves with a 3-2 lead. Hurricanes goaltender Cameron Monty would face seven shots while the Canes would only have five.
 Period two belonged to the Comets as they would score three times. Staruch would start the scoring with his first of two at 13:10, Barker's second of the game came at the 7:29 mark making it 5-2 Comets, the Hurricane power play had a power outage and the Current River club took advantage and would make it 6-2 scoring shorthanded. Bradley Deswiage would come in for relief for Monty in the Herk goal.
 After the break it looked like the coaches pep may have worked as the Canes would four minutes in the third frame as Jacobson would score his third of the year and close the gap to 6-3, but the Comet offence would continue with ex Herk Dylan Ford getting one by Deswiage for a 7-3 lead. Jacobson would find the net for the second time with his fourth of the year on a tip in with just 0:23 ticks left, but once again Current River would respond with another, eight seconds later making the final 8-4, and now hold a commanding two games to nothing lead.
 The Hurricanes will need to muster everything they got to prolong this series, they have the talent to do so, but need a complete solid effort to continue on, they now must take it one game at a time.
                                       SCORING SUMMARY
1st; HERKS; Basaraba 23 ( Dale, Bottoset ) 6:20. Bottoset 23 ( Basaraba, George ) 6:01. Comets; Lampo ( Main ) 5:09. Barker ( Gauthier ) 2:54. Lampo ( Staruch ) 0:56.
2nd; Comets; Staruch ( Kulmala ) 13:10. Barker ( Coppola, Francis ) 7:29. Hill ( Pellizzari ) sh. 4:53. penalties; Comets; Smith, slash, 11:43. Smith, trip, 6:22.
3rd; HERKS; Jacobson 3 ( Merservia, Kushiner ) 11:23. Comets; Ford ( unassisted ) 5:25. HERKS; Jacobson 4 ( Merservia, Kushiner ) 0:23. Comets; Staruch ( Main ) 0:12.
                                    SHOTS ON GOAL
                       1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS             5           6         4           16
Comets           7          12       12          31


The Bantam A Fort William Hurricanes 2014-2015 season came to end on Sunday as they were edged out by the Current River Comets 3-2 in their semi-final matchup, the Bantams gave it everything they had by forcing the fourth game hoping to move on to a fifth and deciding game to see who would face the Westfort Maroons in the final. But the Comets would net the game winner with forty three seconds remaining in the third, to take the series three games to one.
 The opening period was scoreless and both teams would play a very tight defensive game and scoring chances were far and few in between, with Herks starter Cameron Monty facing four shots, while Evan MacArthur would only have three shots to take care of.
 Kyler Basaraba would give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead two and a half minutes into period two. Monty would be the busier of the two tenders handling ten Comet shots, but as well s he played the Comet offence would manage to tie the game 1-1, with Joshua Gauthier scoring at the 7:38 mark, four minutes later Nicholas Staruch would give Current River a 2-1 lead, but that was short lived as Spencer Baxter would scoop up a loose puck skate down the left side and fire a blast by MacArthur tying the game at two each.
 Once again the third period would settle almost nothing with both teams going back to a defensive style not taking any chances. It would remained tied and it looked like game four was heading for overtime, but with just 43 ticks left on the clock Dylan Ford found a loose puck and would make it 3-2, it would be all they needed as the Canes could not even the score, and the end of a hard fought series came to an end.
 This year's club ended with an impressive 17-8-3 good for second place and gave the Comets everything they could handle in the opening round. The team took a few games to get it all together, and there was a few bumps along the way, just like any other team. The offence was where they should be, a solid defensive corps and a great duo protecting the nets, the players all got along with each other and the coaching staff and it meant  for a super season for one an all. Congratulations boys, coaches and parents.