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By Jamie Smith – TB Source he Ring of Fire could contribute $94 billion to the GDP over its first decade, concludes a new report. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce report also predicts 5,500 jobs created every year in that time frame, part of the reason it says the Ring of Fire needs to be a priority for all government. But it also says development up North has been moving at a glacial pace and the provincial and federal governments need to step up in order to get things moving, that's why the report also makes 13 recommendations to make that happen. Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce president Charla Robinson said the report could be a great way for development in the North to get on the business radar in Southern Ontario. “There are still a lot of people outside of the North who have no idea what it is,” she said. Key recommendations include both levels of government committing to infrastructure funding and giving the province's recently announced development corporation what it needs to deliver. Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle said infrastructure and how to access minerals in the North is a key priority for the development corporation. “That's the most important decision that we're going to make,” he said. As for funding, he has been speaking with MP Greg Rickford and the province is


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ON RADAR: Chamber president Charla Robinson says report could bring outside attention. looking for more information about the federal government's Building Canada plan. “We expect the federal government to be an equal partner,” he said. Rickford said the federal government is waiting for the province to outline its infrastructure priorities but there are strong signals that the Ring of Fire is one. “Hopefully in the next few months we'll be able to sit down and work through that process,” he said. As for partnering through the development corporation, that will have to wait until the policies and framework of the corporation are finished. The province

recently announced that Deloitte LLP has been contracted to complete that work. “I think in fairness we're going to take a look at those documents once they become available,” Rickford said. Rickford said past provincial announcements, like in 2012 when Sudbury was named as Cliffs Natural Resources' choice for a ferrochrome processing facility, might have been putting the cart before the horse when it comes to infrastructure discussions in the North. “That may have set up a discussion around infrastructure that was maybe a bit premature,” he said.

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amara Johnson continues to insist she’s done nothing wrong. The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario begs to differ. On Sunday the Conservative nominee in Thunder Bay-Superior North was booted off the ballot by party officials, reacting to comments Johnson made earlier this month that suggested Aboriginal businesses on Fort William First Nation and across the province enjoyed a business advantage. “No truly civilized society and no truly democratic society can exist where its laws are not enforced equally,” Johnson shared in a carefully worded letter to Dougall Media. “No one should have to state such an obvious and elementary principle. But in today’s Ontario I did. That I should then be criticized, vilified and thrown out of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is simply incomprehensible.” Johnson said at no time after being specifically asked to run for the party did anyone from the Conservatives say she couldn’t speak the truth. She added she was caught by surprise by the party’s decision. When she made the remarks the Conservatives remained silent when asked for comment about Johnson’s views, which she posted to her Facebook page, defended and later removed, saying it was starting an argument with a local news site. “Last Friday I went to Toronto to attend candidates school. The PC party of Ontario allowed me to believe I was the candidate until 5 p.m. on Saturday, when two party officials met with me and threw me

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BOOTED: Tamara Johnson says she was surprised by the party’s decision. out,” Johnson said. The local entrepreneur said the party on Sunday issued a statement attributing her name to comments , but she denied stating she had resigned as a candidate in Thunder Bay-Superior North Johnson called party officials’ behaviour callous and insensitive. “I did not resign. They threw me out for speaking the truth and the cowards in Toronto are playing some form of politics to save face. They should stand up and be honest,” she said. “And it gets worse. After they asked me to resign and I refused, they told me they would find other ways to assist the party. Can you believe it? They tried to reward me to lie to you folks. They have no concept or understanding of the meaning of the words honesty, integrity or ethics.” On Monday the Conservatives sent

out a release, attributing the following statements to Johnson: “As of this time, I am no longer the candidate for the Ontario PC Party in the riding of Thunder Bay-Superior North. I support the aims and objectives of the Ontario PC Party as well as our leader Tim Hudak’s plan and vision for a better Ontario. I wish Tim Hudak and all the Ontario PC Party candidates the greatest success in the upcoming election.” Johnson flatly denies making the statements. Johnson went on thank her supporters, including an editorial in the local daily newspaper that she believes vindicates her position. Johnson was nominated last April. The Ontario PC party website has already removed Johnson's name from its candidate's list. Conservative officials refused comment, other than saying "it's an internal matter," and "the situation speaks for itself."

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Feds, province to help cover costs of Phase 3 report CITY HALL By Jamie Smith – TB Source he provincial and federal governments have chipped in to finish the final phase of a proposed events centre, but it's too early to say what that might mean when the city comes asking for big money to get it built. FedNor and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation gave the city more than $577,000 each to complete Phase 3 of the events centre, which includes everything from schematics and engineering studies to business and economic development


comes," he said. plans. MP and minister responsible for City facilities manager Michael Smith said by the end of September FedNor Greg Rickford said the centre when Phase 3 is completed, the project could mean big things not only for Thunder Bay but the entire would be ready to break region. It has the opportunity ground should funding for major economic developpartners be found to help ment and the federal with the $106 million needed government is looking to and council approves. invest in the right projects at "We are very optimistic," Smith said Thursday “We are very the right time with the right partners. morning when the Phase optimistic.” "I think this fits the test on Three funding was MICHAEL SMITH every level," Rickford said. announced. The federal government's Northern Development investment in the project Minister Michael Gravelle shows it's committed to said he's a big supporter of where the city is at in the the project. But there's still a process. When Thunder Bay lot of work to be done before the city is ready to ask the province for is ready to move ahead and wants the events centre to be a priority, that's a big financial commitment. "I will be doing more than my share when discussions would begin. "We're not there yet," he said. to advocate for support when the time


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NHL ownership a blast: LeBlanc BUSINESS

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etting the Phoenix Coyotes’ financial ship in order was the easy part. That Anthony LeBlanc and his partners could handle. It’s the on-ice stuff the ownership can’t control. With the National Hockey League team set to resume play on Feb. 25 after the Olympic break, the long suffering Coyotes (27-21-10) are tied for the final Western Conference playoff berth, battling the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars for the right to move into post-season play. LeBlanc, who joined forces with Canadian George Gosbee and seven other investors to buy the Coyotes for US$170 million, said ironing out a television contract and lease agreements with the city of Glendale, Ariz. were not nearly as nerve-wracking as the nail-biting way the Coyotes have been winning games this season. “The best part is now actually the worst part of it and that’s watching the games, being at the games as an owner,” he said Wednesday, home in Thunder Bay for a political fundraising dinner for a local Conservative Party candidate. “It’s amazing how it really takes the fun out of it, to be quite honest. You’re just on pins and needles and I never thought I could be more of a sports fan or committed to watch a game. But it really is exhilarating to watch your team play.” LeBlanc, the Coyotes’ president and CEO, said it’s certainly been an exciting few months since the NHL’s board of governors approved his group’s bid last August to buy the bankrupt franchise, which had been run by the league since former owner Jerry Moyes walked away in 2009. “The first couple of months of ownership was a little bit hectic,” the Thunder Bayborn LeBlanc said. “We had a lot of business things to take care of. We went through a new television contract locally. We had to seek bids for a new concessions partner and a whole lot of other things we were working on in the marketing side,” he said. The owners know they’re not going to make money in the short term. They’ve projected losses for the first three seasons, though nowhere near the reported $389 the team lost between 2004 and 2009. LeBlanc , who joked he’s had plenty of “old friends” come out of the woodwork since assuming control of the NHL team, said he expects average attendance to hover around the 14,000 mark by season’s end, which was more than their initial projection.



NEW ROLE: Thunder Bay’s Anthony LeBlanc is now the CEO of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Combined with an improved product on the ice, he’s convinced the business model they set out can work in the Arizona desert, a region with a limited hockey history, mostly at the minor pro level before the soon-to-be-rebranded Phoenix Coyotes arrived. “We feel strongly we are bringing this to the level that we need it to, which is profitability. We don’t have any other plans that we’re looking at right now,” he said, asked about whether they’d consider moving the franchise if profits aren’t realized in three years time. LeBlanc also said he’d leave it up to league officials to discuss potential expansion, with Quebec and Seattle leading the charge to acquire NHL teams. With the Olympics in full swing, LeBlanc said he’s been cheering on Canada and Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, watching the final seven minutes of Canada’s win over Latvia last Wednesday before starting the interview with local media – a mutually agreed upon delay. He’s not sure how he feels about NHL participation in the 2018 Winter Games. He sees both sides of the issue. For the fans, it’s great, but for the business, shutting things down for nearly three weeks can be disruptive. LeBlanc also said he’s been keeping a close eye on Thunder Bay’s event centre talk and said if the Winnipeg Jets do move their farm team to the city it would be a great thing. The Coyotes are focused on their American Hockey League team in Portland, Me. and aren’t really interested in considering a possible move to Thunder Bay if the Jets deal doesn’t pan out. “You can never say what the future might bring, but right now we’re just focused on our affiliation in Portland.”

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Congrats to Olympians here’s nothing like a nation of 35 million collectively crawling out of bed on Sunday morning to watch a hockey game. And why not? Hockey is part of our fabric. In Thunder Bay, Patrick Sharp gave us extra reason to cheer, one of our own taking on the Swedes in the gold-medal game. Three days earlier, it was Thunder Bay’s Haley Irwin collecting gold again, a key cog in Team Canada’s remarkable come-from-behind win over the United States. For Canadians, anything less than top spot in Olympic hockey teams leads to four years of discussing what went wrong. Sharp, who tweeted a picture of he and Irwin walking together in the closing ceremonies, took being a healthy scratch in Canada’s second game in stride, returning to score a goal, one of the few Canadian forwards to put the puck in the net until Sunday’s tournament-clinching 3-0 win over the Swedes. Irwin, who missed three games, barely left the ice in the final minutes of Thursday’s final, assisting on the game-tying goal that sent the championship game to overtime. And let’s not forget Rick Lang, who helped guide the Brad Jacobs Sault Ste. Marie rink to gold in an off-ice capacity. Congrats to all.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Why no plebiscite? To the editor: t’s quite disturbing, we have people on city council who feel the voting public should not have a say on the proposed multiplex. Coun. Ken Boshcoff, as a former candidate myself in the last election, I do not recall ever being asked by any media outlet, what my views were on the multiplex. Personally, I feel we are not ready to undertake such a project. We must get our financial house in order and properly manage the current facilities we have now, such as the Conservatory. However, I would support the building of the multiplex, if there was a mandate from the public in the form of a plebiscite. Coun. Andrew Foulds, you were not elected to take a stand and spend our hard-earned tax money on such a major project. When you were elected, you campaigned on the slogan, “Working together for the future.” I would think our part of working together would be more than just putting a mark beside a candidate’s name on a ballot. I would think allowing the people to decide whether or not to build a multiplex would have a significant impact for the future. As for Coun. Iain Angus saying he would not support a plebiscite, this just shows the distain he has for public input. In short, democracy is not about signing a blank cheque over to a select group of people that will dictate our city’s future. Democracy is about inclusive leadership and part of that inclusiveness is ensuring our right to decide what major projects we would like to embrace in our community. It will be my commitment to bring back inclusive leadership to city council and alongside our citizens our principle will be working together for a better future.


Andy Wolff, Candidate for Current River Ward, Thunder Bay

Drop the debenture To the editor:  he public was forewarned “delusion and deception” are common in the year of the water snake, so it is not surprising that the 2014 city budget was prepared in the Year of the Snake. While I can be handed a notice from city hall not to trespass on city hall property, conveniently the same day that public post budget deputations were to be held, I still have the press that will allow me to speak. The mayor, council and administration neglect to mention that they will


continue to have us make a $2.3 million payment on a debenture that was retired. That payment would be worth a 1.44 per cent decrease in the tax levy, but they are keeping it. That is the delusion and deception I see. Another sleight of hand is not to include Phase 2 of the Golf Links/Junot reconstruction in the 2014 budget. The article quite clearly states there will be $11.7 million in road improvements, but no mention of the $8.2 million cost for Phase 2 of Golf Links/Junot. The deception and delusion is that the payments for the debenture for Golf Links/Junot would not begin until 2017, and thus not affect the budget this year. This mayor and council in an election have agreed to defer making a $500,000 contribution to a reserve that is to cover underfunded liabilities. So we are buying the snowmobile (Golf Links/Junot) and ice auger (reserve contribution) and do not have to make payments till 2017. In the meantime we have $22 million in the Renew Fund for an events centre, but we have to borrow for Phase 2 of Golf Links/Junot, a pilot Renew Thunder Bay project. Are we borrowing for Phase 2 of Golf Links/Junot to avoid having a plebiscite for the event centre which the mayor promised if we had to debenture it. Are we putting our needs ahead of our wants? Do this mayor,

council and administration suffer from BSOS (Bright Shiny Object Syndrome)? On a final note when Conrad Boychuk of CEI Architecture gave his presentation on the repurposing of the Fort William Gardens, there was a line in his presentation that stated: “Museums require operational subsidies and has a significantly more limited ability to generate revenue.” So why for the love of God would this council even consider moving the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (TBAG) at this time? There should be a plebiscite on the ballot in the upcoming election, not to incur the expense of having one at any other time, that considers: 1. Need for an event centre at this time. 2. Location of any proposed event centre. 3. Need to relocate and build a new TBAG at this time. The citizens of Thunder Bay deserve to be heard, not dictated to; demand it of your mayor and council to ensure it can be prepared before the deadline date so it can be put on the ballot. Henry Wojak, Thunder Bay

FWFN losses overstated To the editor:  ith reference to these Fort William First Nation businesses losing $50,000 a day, let’s not all get


too uptight and start shedding the tears over this loss. As a member of Fort WilIiam First Nation, I can assure you, these losses aren’t as critical as they are painted out to be. Trust me, nobody loses that kind of money and keeps the doors open, nobody is tightening any belts and dollars to doughnuts, there is nobody starving at these businesses. Gary Legarde, Langley, B.C.

Seeking pictures To the editor:  n 1981, I was a participant of Katimavik and worked at Old Fort William as a historical researcher. During that placement, I was asked to volunteer to, I believe, be a dancer for the multicultural dance. Now it's been a while so my memory is faded. I did participate as one of the dancers for the Canada Games. I am just wondering if there are any pictures on the events or articles I can glance to bring back memories. I don’t recall if I was asked to do this through the Old Fort William or if it was during the time I did a three-week placement with CBQ Radio. Please reply. Thank you. My email is:


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Attack ads can be powerful, but who can resist a baby? By J.R. Shermack Special to TB Source ho can resist a new baby? Babies are born with a magical ability to capture the hearts and minds of everyone who sees them, even across the country and sometimes right around the world. But when it comes to producing high-impact Canadian offspring in a timely manner, the Trudeau men and their wives have a real flair for the dramatic. I remember the innuendo when former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret managed to have their first two sons born on the same day, two years apart. Justin and his brother Alexandre (Sacha) were both born on Christmas Day which, as all Christmas babies know, is a rip-off – you know, party and gift-wise. At the time some were suggesting that it was done entirely for effect. And really, having two sons with a Dec. 25 birth date did add a certain caché to the prime minister’s already dashing reputation. Now, four decades later, Justin the elder is poised for a shot at the PM’s office and his status as a young, good looking family man is charming the votes right out of Canadians. Not only that, he and Sophie are expecting their third child any day now (it may have happened by the time you read this) and the whole


more politically correct this time country is expecting with them. One Canadian in particular must around. If he uses attack ads that make be very nervous – Stephen Harper has to be calculating how this new the new baby sad (for example, bundle of joy will affect his saying mean things about Daddy Justin) there could be a voter election strategy. He is known for his mean- backlash against that mean Mr. spirited and offensive approach Harper. The nightmare scenario for the using personal insults, character slurs and misinformation to destroy PM is to have his attack ads reviled by Canadians as harmful to the his opponents. Pierre’s prodigy may have found baby’s psyche or karma or possibly a loophole – one sure way to causing awkward situations at combat Uncle Steve’s nasty, daycare. Who is going to vote for a bad abrasive campaign style is with a man like that? cute, cuddly baby. Mr. Harper has a real quandary to Mr. Trudeau has one of those at his disposal and evidently he is not contemplate – he might have to back off the abrasive tactics. afraid to use it. Also, it’s unlikely he’ll sire He spent last weekend a baby of his own before the at the Liberal Policy next election. Convention in Montreal He needs an entirely new but unfortunately “...the whole strategy to combat the Sophie is really, really country is niceness and likeability of expecting and wasn’t expecting Justin, Sophie and the kids. by his side. with them.” This may be the biggest But she did make an challenge of his political appearance from home career- maybe he will throw as she patiently waited in the towel. for the blessed event By the time the next along with millions of other Canadian mothers, expecting election rolls around the new baby will already be a toddler, almost or otherwise. I’m not saying this was an two years old. That’s plenty old enough to begin orchestrated event but it did have a desirable effect – who can resist a a political career alongside a very new baby, even one that isn’t ready charismatic Mom and Dad. Watch out Mr. Harper, you may yet? I’m sure Mr. Harper and the have yet another Trudeau to face in Conservatives have plenty of nasty 2015. Attack ads are powerful but tricks and offensive ads up their sleeves but they may have to be babies are irresistible.



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Kijiji ad leads to charges suspicious Kijiji ad has led to the arrest of a Thunder Bay man. The ad appeared last Tuesday from a man claiming to be a photographer looking for young male models between the ages of six and 13. Police began communicating with the man, and that dialogue ultimately led to the arrest Thursday of 27-year-old Matthew William Lovering. Lovering has been charged with: G Invitation to sexual touching G Luring a child G Breach of probation G Fail to comply with undertaking The suspect remains in custody until his next court appearance at the end of the month. None of the charges against the suspect have been proven in court.


Gas leak closes mall ictoriaville Mall was closed last Friday as crews investigated a possible gas leak. Firefighters with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service and Union Gas officials responded to reports of a possible gas leak at the mall Friday morning. The mall, along with some of the surrounding businesses, were evacuated as officials investigated. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue deputy chief Greg Hankkio said after an investigation the problem was possibly from a regulator on a heating appliance. The mall was re-opened, but city offices there remain closed for the rest of the day.


No interest in Lyceum here was not a lot of interest on the open market for an old theatre in the downtown north core. The city put the Lyceum Theatre up for sale in a tax sale, but didn't receive a single bid. That was a bit surprising to city councillor Larry Hebert, who believed there would be significant interest in the building. The century-old landmark has fallen into disrepair over the years. Last year, the city's building inspector declared it structurally unsafe and a number of orders were issued to fix it. But the building was further assessed and determined it wasn't falling apart as quickly as once believed. The city took control of the Lyceum after the owner failed to pay more than $95,000 in back taxes. Hebert believes the $150,000 the city is asking for the building may have scared some people off.


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DSSAB delivery uproar T H U N D E R B AY

By Jodi Lundmark – TB Source

ity daycare officials are still calling a change in the delivery of special needs resources controversial. The Thunder Bay District Social Services Administrative Board held a consultation session with local child-care stakeholders at the Airlane Hotel Monday to gather input on changes to the current special needs resource delivery model. In July last year, DSSAB approved the change which would see the district’s 18 resource teachers, who are currently managed directly by child-care centres, to be managed by a third party instead. Thunder Bay DSSAB CAO Bill Bradica said the challenge with the current system is sharing those 18 resource teachers amongst 40 child-care centres. With a centralized model, there would be equal access for all child-care centres to have resource teachers provided as needed, added Bradica. The aim of Monday’s session was to gather feedback from the child-care centres on the best ways to transition into the new system. Little Lions Waldorf Daycare and Kindergarten CEO


Marilyn Grudniski said the people impacted most by the decisions are the families with children with special needs and they weren’t invited to the consultation session. She said there was a lot of good discussion, but the new model is still controversial. “We gave a lot of suggestions on how the current model could be tweaked or the whole system could be tweaked so that it would best meet the needs of children and families and everyone else that’s concerned,” Grudniski said, adding they’ll wait and see what DSSAB does with the information they provided Monday before making further comments. But Bradica doesn’t think there will be any negative effects of the new model for families. “The service is still being provided. Even though we’ve had about a 20 per cent reduction in our funding, for special needs we’re not reducing our funding,” he said. “I believe there may actually be an improvement because people who may not have had access previously should under this new model.” More than 80 people participated in Monday’s consultation on the new system, which is expected to be operational in early 2015.

Pet limit not recommended CITY HALL

By Jamie Smith – TB Source he city shouldn’t limit the amount of pets a person can have administration says. Along with an overview of Animal Services, an information-only report to city council Monday night highlighted problems cities with pet limits have. Administration found that the law is arbitrary, hurts rescue shelters and is difficult to enforce. City by-law manager Ron Bourret said it also hurts those people who keep multiple pets with no issues. It’s unfair to target everyone. “Why should they be impacted?” he said. In most cases where problems arise, Bourret said there are underlying mental health factors. It’s one of the reasons the city now has a hoarding committee, which includes social workers and emergency services officials, to help. “Let’s deal with the sick people,” he said. Bourret said the city will start with humane care issues, of which there were 11 last year.

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inter cycling is gaining traction across Thunder Bay. In the past couple of years cyclists across the city have started to embrace fat bikes, which have special oversized winter tires to allow riding in the harsh winter months. Black Sheep Mountain Biking Club president Mark Maranzan said the fat bikes are a natural fit for riders looking to get their full year fix. “Obviously we have a long winter up here and I think that’s been a big market for fat bikes,” he said at the Kinsmen Park in Trowbridge on Saturday. “They’re great for the snow and compact trails and there are a lot of great options for trails. It’s a great way to extend the riding season.” The tires are the distinguishing feature of the fat bikes. They are nearly twice as wide as a normal bike tire and have additional grip to provide traction on the snow and ice. The size of the tires, along with a lower air pressure, gives the rider a sensation as if they are floating on top of the snow. It’s not the same as normal cycling. “It’s definitely more difficult,” said Keith Ailey, who started fat biking last year and competed in a 70 kilometre event in Minneapolis last weekend. “You’re always putting more power into the pedals to cover the same amount of distance.” Maranzan estimates that there are now nearly two dozen fat bike riders in


GET A GRIP: Keith Ailey leads a pack of cyclists on fat bikes during the first annual Abominable Bike Race at Kinsmen Park. the city, up from just a small handful one year ago. “Here in town I think there were about three people who had the bikes last year,” he said. “Already that has grown close to 20 riders at least that we know of and possibly more.” A significant appeal of the fat bikes is the ability to explore some uncharted terrain on a bicycle. Winter conditions allow cyclists to follow snowmobile tracks on frozen lakes and

rivers to get new vantage points of different areas. “A couple of weeks ago I rode on the frozen McIntyre River all the way from the hospital up to the Tapiola ski trails off Government Road,” Ailey said. “I was weaving my way along the river on snowmobile trails and it’s somewhere I’d lived close to all my life and I’d never seen any of that. I didn’t know what was coming around the next corner.”

The only major downside to the fat bikes, as riders were reminded at the planned first annual Abominable Bike Race, is that they are at the mercy of Mother Nature. The snow and high winds completely covered the track organizers were planning on using as a race course, leading to last minute improvisations. Instead of holding a formal race, organizers just conducted a group ride.


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Winter returns “I’m back in the saddle again…” – Roy Rogers up, back in the saddle again. Not on a horse but in the seat of Big Red, my diesel tractor and massive snow clearing. Again! The first time I actually have to clear snow from our driveways (note: driveways), lanes, and the yard between hoosie and barn, it is fun. I don’t even mind that Red did not come with a cab that would provide shelter from raging winds, blistering snow in winter or melting heat in summer. I just dress up in my snowsuit, wrap my neck and, if necessary, face in a thick scarf, don a warm, woolly toque, a pair of warm gloves, and do the deed. The first couple of snowfalls aren’t any serious challenge for Red and me. Until two FRED weeks ago. Two weeks JONES ago we received over a foot of snow. Add to RURAL ROOTS that snow-clearing prospect, vicious winds that created mountainous snow drifts. Oh joy. But what the heck: a challenge, sir and /or madam, a veritable challenge. The big snowfall we received two weeks ago required three consecutive hours on Red dealing with our drives and lanes and then clearing the snow from the driveway of our neighbour, Wendy. Then we got received another “gift” from Ol’ Man Winter: another dump of more than a foot of the white stuff. So, back in the ‘saddle’ again to free the passageways. This snowfall required me and Red to not only do our drives and that of Wendy, but also another neighbour who lives wa-a-a-y off the road. I guess that his driveway is about a kilometer long, or so it seemed when Red and I were slowly backing down, snow-blower churning. You finish one side and then you have to repeat down the other. As I was clearing the snow, I noticed snowshoe tracks heading down the center of their drive from their house to the end of the drive and back. Luckily, my friend’s driveway, though long, is flat and snakes through bush. There is almost no drifting in since the bush protects the drive. Red and I had only the snow that had fallen with which to deal. Not so another neighbour’s drive. This one passes over an open field to a sheltered house. This individual doesn’t possess the kind of equipment necessary to keep the drive snow-free. That person relies on another friend to keep that driveway clear but…I learned that his tractor had broken. Could I, on my way home, just make one pass along the driveway? Sure, why not? Hah! Snow blowers, even seven-foot wide ones attached to the rear of Red, can’t blow snow going uphill. I have learned that fact early on. So, I had to use the bucket to clear a path. Since the neighbour’s drive ascends to a peak before sloping down to the parking space in front of the house, bucket work was what was required. But I didn’t plough very far before the amount of snow pushed up was more than Red could handle. So lift the bucket, back up, and deposit on the side. Careful not to drive into any ditch beside the drive. Red isn’t equipped with front-wheel drive being old and all that. We came close but only once. We did get royally stuck at the top of the drive. It took a lot of ramming back and forth trying to find ground solid enough for a good purchase. By then son, Doug and Laura, having worried about the length of my absence, drove by and stopped once they saw Red and me floundering at the top of the drive. “Come home. There is too much snow for the tractor. It is old and what if you break it out here well away from the road?” Oh yeah. Hadn’t thought about the possibility of breaking Red. After rocking back-and-forth several times, man and tractor managed to get out, engine screaming, and backed down to the road. I drove home and parked the tired beastie in the shelter. Sorry, we tried. At least the neighbour has a place to park any vehicle off the main road. But the snow-clearing torch must be handed over to someone else with a newer, hopefully four-wheel drive machine that can successfully finish the job. You can contact Rural Roots by e-mail:





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No need for a weapon Best time to search for shed antlers is when the snow melts ith winter in full swing and daylight slowly becoming more plentiful by a few minutes per day, spring will be here before we know it – just a few weeks away. With the month of March upon us, it means it’s the time of year I like to get out to do a little shed antler hunting. This year it may have to wait another month simply because of the large amounts of snow we have received this winter. It's hard to believe a mature bull moose carries around antlers on his head that can weigh in excess of 80 pounds. Some antlers can be as large as 65 inches wide and 50 inches tall. In the Yukon and Alaska, there have been moose harvested with antlers with an excess spread of 70 inches that weighed 100 pounds. What's even more impressive is the fact that the bull will shed these antlers every winter and grow a new set every summer. It’s a phenomenon that is amazing due to the grandeur of such bone mass. Try for one second to imagine carrying around 70 pounds of weight on your head for seven months of the year. Yes, some large moose in our area will do such and this includes deer in a much smaller capacity, and if you’re out in the woods, chances are you may coincidently come across an antler that has been cast by either a deer or a moose. They are usually spotted more easily when temperatures get warmer and snow starts to melt a wee bit.


In the open I have seen shed antlers laying right on the snowmobile trail travelling into one of my favourite lakes and have almost run over them with my snow machine. I have been lucky enough to find such treasures and shed antler hunting in today’s realm of the outdoors has actually become big business in some locales around North America. Many hunters make the effort every year to get out in the woods and look for shed antlers to see what has been roaming their hunting grounds and has eluded them all season. I do the same on the piece of

So what do these antlers mean property I own and it makes for some great hunting that does not to the animals themselves? What involve any type of weapon and exactly are they used for and is a great way to spend a day what purpose do they serve in the educating yourself about what’s ungulate world? For the male moose and deer roaming the area Shed antlers can be used for so the antlers are used mostly during many things, and the Aboriginal the mating season in rival fights people of hundreds of years ago for the right to breed. They are coveted antlers as one of their most their weapons of attack and defense against important finds, other rutting males valuable treasures, in search of a recepand usable parts of MICK an animal in BOHONIS tive female. During the mating surviving harsh OUTDOOR LIFE season, bucks and environments and bulls will be on the day-to-day living. Antlers proved extremely move looking for an estrous important to these nomadic female and fights will occur with people because they were used to other males in order to establish make tools that allowed them to dominance and breeding privileges with the ladies. do many things. Antlers are developed with age, Antler is bone, and bone is strong and can be carved and and young bucks and bulls will shaped into just about anything, indeed sprout antlers their first and this art form still exists today. year, but it usually takes four to Custom knife makers use antler five years to grow a set that will to shape handles on their knives impress the females and be a just as the Aboriginal people did threat to other rival males. years ago. Antlers can also be turned into Gene pool carvings, and I'm sure a lot of you Genetics plays a huge role in have seen a moose antler turned the development of antlers and into a work of art by the artists like in humans, the ones who who have carved a scene or were given good genetics will be another animal right out of the the ones who will grow the palm of the antler and set it on biggest and strongest rack. display. The females will ultimately These antler carvings are choose the male they will mate popping up in a lot of gift shops with and of course the female across the northwest and now wants the best genetics given to antlers are being used for a lot her to reproduce a strong and more than even carvings. healthy calf or fawn. Antler lighting fixtures, chairs, As a hunter, I have learned a lot tables, cribbage boards, stir about antlers in the past 30 years, sticks, letter openers and many and although I have many sets of more creations are now being moose and deer racks myself, made out of antlers and for sale they still intrigue me to no end. in gift shops and retail outlets or There is nothing like the sight via the web. of a mature bull moose with a big Antlers in a hunter’s world have heavy healthy set of antlers on his many meanings and usually the head roaming his kingdom in all first thing that comes to mind is a his majesty. set mounted on a plaque or a It commands respect and is the complete shoulder mount of the subject of many wildlife artists’ animal displayed in a rec room or collections. on a garage. Antlers are one of many reasons There are scoring systems in we hunt, and although the place that measure and score ultimate prize is the tender antlers for the hunters in North venison that is so good for us, America such as the Pope and there is nothing wrong with Young Club (bow hunters) and displaying a giant moose rack on the Boone and Crockett Club the gable end of camp or above a (rifle and muzzle loaders) and stone fireplace. indeed are very popular with It’s a part of the passion and I hunters across the country. It is for one am completely intrigued simply a charted and recorded at how nature works when it way of paying tribute to the comes to this type of phenomanimal who wore them. enon.


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KAKABEKA FALLS By Leith Dunick - TB Source he Kakabeka Street Fair may have found a new backer. The Kakabeka Falls and Rural District Royal Canadian Legion officials on Monday said they plan to host a public meeting on Saturday, March 8 to discuss the feasibility of bringing back the annual event, which was shelved two years ago for a variety of reasons, including a lack of volunteers and business support. “Several people within the community have approached the Legion to host the fair on its own extensive property,” said Ken Milenko, the Legion’s secretary, in a release. “After careful and very serious consideration, our membership has felt that, indeed, we have the property and the room to provide an excellent venue for this large event, also that we have the willingness and participation of enough of our volunteers to support this undertaking.” Milenko went on to say if parking, traffic and other “serious” issues are properly addressed, the Legion could easily provide the



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By TB Source he city boasts a variety of activities to check out this week. The Northwestern Fur Trappers Association is hosting a two-day event this weekend, Juno-Award winning folk artist Old Man Luedecke will be at the Finlandia and Mardi Gras is coming to the city. This Friday and Saturday the Northwestern Fur Trappers Association will be set up in the CLE Heritage Building. The event will include fur displays, pelt handling competitions, crafters and outdoor and sporting good vendors. Admission is free. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.



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NEW HOPE: The Kakabeka Street Fair may have found new support. venue to offer the fair again, including rides, food outlets and vendor sales. “Our membership has discussed this proposition at length and is prepared to go the next step in seeing this event come to fruition,” he said. “We have decided that a public meeting should take place as soon as possible so that an airing of concerns with regard to this event should come

to light before we commit to hosting such a large fair.” Milenko said anyone interested in participating, supporting or opposing a revival of the Kakabeka Street Fair is invited to the March 8 meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Legion. “We will release our decision of commitment to hosting this very large event very shortly after this public meeting,” he said.

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This Saturday is Sleds for Eternity 2014 in support of Teen Challenge at Kakabeka Falls Legion Hall. The snow machine ride is a first-time event for the city. Registration is at 9 a.m. and $50 gets you a trail pass, lunch, dinner, a shirt and a chance to win prizes. Two-time Juno Award winner Old Man Luedecke will be at the Finlandia Club Saturday. The folk artist will be taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and available at the Hoito, Fireweed and Chaltrek. Tickets are $25 at the door for members and $30 for non-members. Celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday with a four-course gourmet dinner to raise money for the Exceptional




Cancer Care campaign. Beaux Daddy's is hosting the event that will feature French Quarter musical entertainment. The event runs from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $75 and available at Beaux Daddy's and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Chart-topping classic rock group Chicago is coming to Thunder Bay Wednesday with a concert at the Auditorium. Since the 1970s, the group has had five No. 1 albums and 21 top 10 singles. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $81 to $141 and are available at the TBCA box office. Let us know about events in and around the city by contacting reporter Jodi Lundmark at


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An Olympic perspective e all know television can warp our perspective. Some people still believe that DNA can be identified in a matter of minutes and that TV interviews are always live. And during the games, I saw touching commercials with the schmaltzy music where parents watch their small children becoming inspired by the Olympics to try new sports and perhaps, one day, find themselves sporting gold. So I head out to my local snow hills to watch our future Olympians with my heart full and my hopes high. Five minutes in, I’m left disappointed. I don’t hear a single note and nobody’s carrying a Tim Hortons cup. Which means the Olympics has also skewed my perspective. But I’m not alone. Although Canada’s team started the games strong with a string of medals that had everyone on a high, the momentum soon dropped. We were down to one or two trips to the podium a day. Suddenly,


reporters were talking about Olympic curses and athletes losing their steam. Online, viewers complained that we were “losing” the games. Then, Day 14 arrived. A couple of golds later, we were back on top and the public tone changed. But it’s this schizophrenic attitude toward our athletes that befuddles me. First, when we didn’t medal, we didn’t lose to just some dude from out of town. We were competing against the top athletes in the world. The point zerozero-zero-zero-one per cent! The freakishly athletically gifted! Second, the scores were measured in hundredths of a point. The difference between first and second – or even tenth – was practically negligible. Why weren’t we just awed by the feats we’d accomplished? And third, what’s with the “We?” “We won.” “We lost.” I know that I didn’t train for eight hours a day. I would have remembered barrelling down a mountain at

breakneck speed or steering a sled through a shoot with my kegels. No, I stayed warm at home in front of the TV with a snack in hand – sometimes a drink too – as did most Canadians. So while I’m proud of the athletes who represented this country, I will not take credit for their success. They had a lot of emotional support. But in the end, they did it on their own. And for that, I’m most proud. Well, that and beating the U.S – like you weren’t thinking the same thing. And we did. Yes, U.S. entertainment websites and their official broadcaster focused on the total medal count which placed the U.S. team in second. However, Olympic officials and nearly every other news outlet in the world go by gold medals won, thereby putting the U.S. in fourth place – behind Canada. Ironically, until the second last day, Canada had the most silver – making them the No. 3 country number one at being No. 2. And the U.S. only collected so many medals because they’d won the most bronze – making them No. 1 at being No 3. If we’re being generous, that means they tied Canada – if we’re being generous.

Benny Birch birthday party to end THUNDER BAY

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enny Birch is calling it a career. The beloved community mascot, whose helped raise more than $1 million to support St. Joseph’s Care Group over the past three decades, will celebrate his final birthday party June 7 and 8 at Chippewa Park. St. Joseph's Foundation officials say the fundraiser has run its course and


there are simply too many other events going on during the summer months. “These types of events take a lot of resources to make happen and unfortunately Benny’s Birthday has reached a stage where it isn’t viable to continue,” said Katrina O’Neill, the executive director at St. Joseph’s Foundation. “Over the years we have seen a decline in attendance as more events take place, a decline in profits as the operating costs increase and a decline in volunteers as





other events draw them away.” Benny Birch may be retiring, but he won’t completely disappear. He’ll continue to make occasional appearances for the foundation and continue to be the mascot for St. Joseph’s Care Group’s greening healthcare inititatives. Admission to the Benny Birch farewell birthday party is free and will include special activities and closing ceremonies.

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Irwin captures gold a second time OLYMPICS By Leith Dunick – TB Source inning Olympic hockey gold once is a lifetime accomplishment. For Haley Irwin and her Team Canada teammates, it’s more a once-every-fouryears kind of thing. Irwin, who sat out Canada’s round-robin games with an upper body injury, only to return and draw an assist on the improbable gametying goal that sent Thursday’s gold-medal contest to overtime, said three days later the victory’s still sinking in. “Wow,” the Thunder Bay native said, reached in Sochi via email. “I still think to myself, we did it, we won. We never gave up belief in ourselves or one another. The bench stayed positive the whole time and we just kept bringing it one shift at a time.” The epic battle against Canada’s archrival Americans may go down as one of the greatest games in the country’s storied hockey history, certainly the greatest the woman’s team has ever played. Down 2-0 with less than three-and-ahalf minutes to go in regulation, it looked like Canada’s 12-year domination at the Olympics was coming to an end. Then fate took charge. Irwin was on the ice when Brianne Jenner sparked Canada’s comeback hopes, then had a hand in Marie-Philip Poulin’s equalizer in the final minute of play – moments after the post got in the way of the American’s empty-net insurance. Poulin would go on to score the golden goal in overtime. Irwin says the reaction has been fast and furious across the nation.


“The reaction has been insane. I feel so lucky to be from Canada, the support has been amazing. It gives us so much energy to know Canada is cheering for us and supporting us. To see everyone’s reaction when we won? That’s why I play the game. It leaves me speechless to see Canada’s support for us. I can’t say thank you enough.” It wasn’t easy sitting out the roundrobin, including Canada’s 3-2 win over the United States. She didn’t head to Sochi to watch from the sidelines, and her absence was certainly felt, if her play in the semifinal and final was an indication of her value to the Canadian team. In the decisive contest, Irwin was a constant on the ice in the game’s final moments, digging the puck free, challenging the U.S. skaters, helping will her side to victory. It was tough, Irwin said. “You don’t ever think that you would make it this far and have an injury keep you out of the lineup,” she said. “It really put things into perspective for me, and I told myself when I was back playing I would do anything and everything to help my team win.” Comparing the two experiences, 2014 in Sochi and 2010 in Vancouver is difficult, Irwin said. Vancouver was on Canadian soil, which made it special for that reason alone. Consider them 1A and 1B in the memories of her mind. “It feels amazing to win a gold medal here in Sochi,” Irwin said. “I’m not sure how it differs from 2010, they are both completely different experiences. But both are incredibly special to me and a dream come true.”


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By Leith Dunick – TB Source f you’d told Matt Erdman before the season his team would host a playoff game in 2014, he’d have gladly accepted. On Wednesday night, however, he wanted more. And the Lakehead Thunderwolves interim coach nearly got what he wished for – had the buzzer sounded 38 minutes in. But alas, college basketball games last 40 minutes, and it was those final two minutes that proved to be LU’s undoing. Quinn Henderson hit a clutch three-pointer in the final minute of regulation, taking advantage of poor ball control by the host Thunderwolves and carried the Western Mustangs to a come-from-behind 68-65 triumph, eliminating Lakehead from the OUA post-season in a one-and-done affair. Henry Tan, the Wolves promising rookie guard, came up well short on a three-pointer in the final five seconds, then after Peter Scholtes hit a pair of free throws, Lakehead’s Dwayne Harvey had a desperation attempt from just beyond half court bounce off the rim as the buzzer sounded. It was a disappointing end to a tough season, the Wolves coming off four straight trips to nationals, including a spot in last year’s championship game. “Dwayne (Harvey) got in early foul trouble and he’s the key to our offence really. He sets guys up, he gets into the paint and it kind of took us out of rhythm a bit. But a couple of guys coming off the bench stepped up and we were playing to them. We just let it go at the end,” said first-year guard Jamar Coke, who finished with a game-high 15 points that included three three-pointers. At one point midway through the third quarter the Wolves were up by 10, leading 50-40 on an Igor Lebov completion of a Harvey pass that finished a 12-0 Lakehead run.


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But the Mustangs, who lost four straight down the stretch to fall out of the fourth playoff spot, handing Lakehead the right to host the OUA West playoff opener, quickly caught back up, scoring six straight of their own and the home team had to settle for a 5550 lead after three quarters. After Western climbed to within one in the fourth, Coke hit his third and final trey of the night to push the lead back to six. But Western’s Greg Morrow responded with a driving dunk, a message that the Mustangs weren’t ready to give up just yet. Down five again, George Johnson completed a three-point play on the charity stripe to cut the Lakehead lead to two. Anthony McIntosh had a great opportunity underneath the Western net to make it a twopossession game again, with under a minute to play, but didn’t get the roll, turning the ball over at an untimely moment. “That’s one thing we’ve been focusing all year is transition and finding guys, and (Henderson) is one of the guys we talked about before the game and we just couldn’t find him and he knocked down a big shot,” Coke said. Erdman said it wasn’t any one thing that cost them the game and the right to face McMaster on Saturday in Round 2 of the playoffs. “I think we had some decent looks. Dwayne missed a close one there. We weren’t sure who was going to take the transition basket between Jamar and Dwayne and we turned it over,” Erdman said. “I think the guys tried to do the right thing. I think just sometimes they over-tried.” Disappointed, Erdman said despite the 913 record, there were plenty of positives the team can take from the season. “I don’t think there were any realistic expectations over this group with the turnover we had. I’m really, really proud of these guys.”

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By Matt Vis – TB Source old temperature predictions have led organizers of the Sleeping Giant Loppet to delay start times on Saturday by two hours. The frigid weather will also see race distances shortened. “We have reduced the 50-kilometre event to a 40-kilometre route, which will be two laps of Marie Louise Lake. The 35-kilometre event will be eliminated, with participants having the option to drop down to the 20-kilometre or move up to the 40-kilomentre,” said race communications co-ordinator Marianne Stewart in a release issued Monday. The mini-loppet event will still be held. Stewart said there was little choice in the matter. “Delaying the start and reducing the distances of the longest events will allow everyone to enjoy the best part of the day on the trails, rather


than worrying about how they’re going to stay warm,” she said. The main race goes at 11:45 a.m., with other waves beginning at noon. The Sleeping Giant Sprints, originally scheduled for Thursday, have been pushed back until Sunday at noon at Kamview Nordic Centre. The colder-than-average temperatures put a damper on what was otherwise fantastic race conditions. This snow-filled winter has been a blessing for Sleeping Giant Loppet organizers. After years of minimal snowfalls that meant trail groomers had to hand shovel snow onto the course, they can breathe easy knowing that this season the course is covered. Peter Gallagher, Sleeping Giant Loppet co-ordinator, said the snow has made for excellent conditions at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, which will host the annual cross-country skiing race on Saturday. “Our grooming staff are thrilled to be


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are tickled about being able to provide the best course they have in years.” Thunder Bay Nordic Trails manager Peter Crooks said the course will likely be in optimal condition when the Loppet begins. The base of snow is so high that lowhanging branches of some trees have to be trimmed and cleared. It’s a good problem to have, Crooks said. Gallagher was optimistic registration will exceed the 820 that hit the course last year. Competitors have a variety of distances to choose from, beginning with the eight kilometre mini Loppet all the way to the 40-kilometre event. As per annual tradition, the organizing committee awarded the ceremonial No. 1 bib to an influential member of the Nordic ski community. This year, they selected Gerrie and Herman Van Duyn to receive the No. 1 and No. 2 bibs. The couple, who will be celebrating

their 46th wedding anniversary on race weekend, are veterans of the Loppet and have only missed a couple in the event’s 36 year history. However, Gerrie thought she would never make it through her first race. “I remember, (the first time) my husband and I, we were at the 10 kilometre mark and we thought we died and we would never finish, but we did finish,” she said. Since then, they have embraced the sport. Herman played a pivotal role in helping get the chalet at Kamview constructed, and now their grandchildren are growing into avid skiers. For Gerrie, the best part is the feeling of satisfaction after completing a long ski. “It feels really good after you’re done and you’re part of the community. Even a couple of days or weeks after you still have that high feeling.” she said If the current forecast stands, racers will have ideal temperatures with a high aproaching -19 C.

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MOVING ON: Lakehead’s Cody Alcock (right) pursues the puck while teammate Jake Carrick and York’s Tyler Mort look on.

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he Lakehead Thunderwolves still had a game to give in the opening round of the OUA men’s hockey playoffs. But with Canada playing Sweden for gold at the crack of dawn on Sunday, there was no way they wanted to skip watching history in the making to rest up for a decisive Game 3 in their opening round series against the York Lions. Thanks to Kelin Ainsworth and a penalty kill that produced a pair of shorthanded tallies, the Wolves could watch the gold-medal game worry-free and head back to bed for the afternoon. Ainsworth converted a second-period goal-mouth pass from Mike Hammond, beating Lions goalie Andrew Perugini just 23 seconds after Michael Santini scored the equalizer on Jeff Bosch, propelling the Wolves to a 5-2 win and a 2-0 best-of-three series sweep Saturday night at Fort William Gardens. “I don’t know how many guys will actually wake up at 7 a.m., we’ll see who’s that dedicated. But we’re definitely happy we got it done tonight and we don’t have to come back tomorrow,” Ainsworth said.


Pair of goals David Quesnele, who also scored in the first, doubled the LU lead 68 seconds later, upping his playoff total to three. It was a pretty good time to start to produce on a regular basis. “Yeah, in the playoffs you have to try to elevate your game and do whatever you can to chip in. I got a couple of lucky bounces tonight. We were working hard, our line, with (Carson) Dubchak and Magill. The puck just kind of found me, so it felt good,” Quesnele said. Ainsworth added there’s no question the rapid-fire goals were the turning point, the Wolves out-scoring the Lions

2-1 in a second period that saw York outshoot Lakehead 17-6. “That was nice to get the momentum back in our hands. It was important to score right away there because they had for sure kind of deflated us there,” Ainsworth said. “Then Quesnele got another one for us. That was huge and after that I think we were pretty comfortable with the lead.” Ryan Magill, on a spin-a-rama at the side of the Lions net, and Andrew Wilkins, who picked the pocket of York’s Tyler Mort at centre ice and beat Perugini on the breakaway backhand, netted the shorthanded goals for the Thunderwolves, who await their second-round opponent. It was the 10th and 11th shorthanded goals the Wolves have scored this season, the fifth for Magill who tops the nation in that category.

Gives them leeway Coach Bill MacDonald said his players are aggressive on the penalty kill, though he’s not looking for them to cash in, just keep the puck out of their own net. “All I tell them is that if it’s a situation where you can go for it, go for it. But I don’t want you to go for it if you’ve already been out there for a minute and 30 seconds and you get caught coming back,” McDonald said. “It’s all about shift management.” It’s also all about trust. “They should know if they’ve got enough gas in their tank to get there and then if they don’t score and something happens. You leave it in their hands and obviously it’s worked out pretty well this year.” The Lions lone success on the power play came at 7:49 of the first, when Jordan Forfar bested Bosch after several of the York forward’s teammates had take swipes at the loose puck in the crease area. Lakehead will play Ryerson in the second round. Game 2 is scheduled for Friday night at Fort William Gardens. Game 3, if necessary will be played on Saturday night.

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