Thunder Bay Queens Set Sights on Weekend

Thunder Bay Queens in action at Fort William First Nation on Friday night
Thunder Bay Queens in action at Fort William First Nation

Busy weekend in store for Queens

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – It will be a busy weekend for the Thunder Bay Queens as their midget A, bantam AA, bantam A and peewee clubs will all be out of town competing in tournaments.

The Toppers Pizza midget A squad are off to Winnipeg to take part in the ninth annual Lieutenant Governor’s tournament hosted by the Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League.

In competing in the 12-team event, Thunder Bay will be taking on MWJHL and other sides that range in age from 18 through 24.

Game action for the midget A Queens begins Friday at 12:30 p.m. when they tangle with the Winnipeg Silvertips.

Later in the day the squad will meet the Manitoba Blizzard at 5:45 p.m.

Round robin play for the midget A’s wraps-up Saturday at 9:15 a.m. against the Fort Saskatchewan Fury.

Quarter-final and consolation round competition begins Saturday night.

As for the bantam AA Queens, they will be off to Eden Prairie, Minn., to face the competition in the Prelude to the Playoffs tourney.

A total of 12 teams will go in search of the title with the bantam AA’s beginning Friday at 8:30 p.m. vs. the Forest Lake Rangers.

Two more tilts awaits Thunder Bay Saturday starting with a 10:45 a.m. encounter with the Lakeville North Panthers before concluding the day with a 3:45 p.m. match-up vs. the host Eden Prairie Eagles.

Fargo, N.D. will be the site of the Scheels under-15 International tournament where the Tim Horton’s bantam A Queens will be taking part.

A total of 16 teams are set for action there with the bantam A’s first game scheduled for 9:15 p.m. against Wayzata Gold of Minnesota.

Saturday’s slate has them squaring off with the Moorhead Spuds at 10:30 a.m. and the Grand Forks Phantoms at 5:45 p.m.

Finally the peewee Queens will be in suburban Minneapolis where they will take to the ice in the eight-team Osseo-Maple Grove Cabin Fever Classic.

First up will be the Alexandria Cardinals at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The peewees will then tangle with the Anoka-Rogers Tornadoes at 10:45 a.m. before finishing up against the St. Cloud Huskies at 3:45 p.m.

All four tournaments will be feature consolation, semifinal, bronze and gold medal games Sunday.