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Michael Marinaro of Sarnia and Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines were sixth in the pairs short program Thursday at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino, Italy.

Canadian pair Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro compete during the short program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final on Dec. 5, 2019, in Turin, Italy. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

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Marinaro sixth at ISU Grand Prix Final

Michael Marinaro of Sarnia and Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines were sixth in the pairs short program Thursday at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino, Italy.

They made two mistakes after opening with a strong twist lift, according to a Skate Canada news release. Moore-Towers fell when trying to land a throw triple loop and Marinaro stepped out landing a side-by-side triple toe.

“Just some weird stuff tonight,” Moore-Towers said in a statement. “We can’t really explain it or understand it ourselves. We just hope to move on and start fresh in the free skate (on Friday).”

Marinaro and Moore-Towers received 67.08 points.

China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China were first with 77.50, Russia’s Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii were second with 76.65, and Russia’s Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin were third with 75.16.

Marinaro and Moore-Towers won silver at their two Grand Prix assignments this season.

McGregor to play for gold medal

Captain Tyler McGregor of Forest had one assist in Canada’s 3-1 semifinal win over Russia on Thursday at the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup in Paradise, N.L.

Canada will face the United States in the gold-medal game Saturday.

Russia will play for bronze against the Czech Republic, which lost 8-0 to the U.S. in the other semifinal.

Canada is seeking its first gold medal since 2013 at the tournament formerly known as the World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

Helps scores twice in Flyers’ rally

Curtis Helps scored twice in the Petrolia Flyers’ 6-4 comeback win over the Wheatley Sharks in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Stobbs Division on Thursday.

Nick Burgess added a goal and three assists before 215 fans at the Greenwood Recreation Centre.

The Flyers scored four straight goals in the second period after falling behind 4-2.

Clay Dolbear, Kyle Flamminio and Eric Marsh also scored.

Jakob Knowles made 32 saves as the Flyers (7-14-0-2) moved into seventh place, one point ahead of the Dresden Kings.

Brett Enns, Ryan Wall, Drew Denomey and Shannon Olson scored for the Sharks.

Lancers double Eagles in LKSSAA hockey

Victor Tang had a goal and an assist in the Lambton Central Lancers’ 4-2 win over the North Lambton Eagles in LKSSAA boys’ hockey Thursday in Petrolia.

Jeff Power, Jake Vandersteen and Andrew Jacques also scored for the Lancers (2-0-0) and Ryan Hayter had two assists.

Austin Harper and Ryan Richardson each had a goal and an assist for the Eagles (1-1-0).

Wolfpack sweep basketball twinbill

Jaxson Espey scored 17 points for the Great Lakes Wolfpack in a 60-28 win over the Wallaceburg Tartans in LKSSAA Tier 1 senior boys’ basketball Thursday.

St. Patrick’s lost to Ursuline 64-34.

In Tier 2 senior, North Lambton beat St. Francois-Xavier 61-39, Pain Court topped Tilbury 54-26, Blenheim defeated Ridgetown 54-23 and Lambton-Kent beat Chatham Christian 53-32.

In Tier 1 junior, Great Lakes beat Wallaceburg 63-56. Owen Wellington led the Wolfpack with 21 points, Seth Ainsworth scored 11 and Isaiah Burnham had 10.

St. Patrick’s clipped Ursuline 52-49 in overtime and McGregor beat Lambton Central 51-30.

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