THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Some cross-league competition is in store for a pair of Superior International Junior Hockey League clubs early in the New Year.
Both the Minnesota Wilderness and Fort Frances Lakers will be in
Wisconsin the first weekend in January to go up against a pair of
opponents from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
The Wilderness and Lakers will be showcased against the defending
NOJHL and Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion Soo Thunderbirds as well as the
Elliot Lake Bobcats in games that will be contested at the Ice House in
Action will open up Friday, Jan. 4 when Fort Frances takes on Sault
Ste. Marie at 3:30 CT/4:30 p.m. ET followed by Minnesota and Elliot Lake
at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.
Two more tilts will go Saturday, Jan. 5 as the Lakers tangle with the
Bobcats at 3:30 CT/4:30 p.m. while the Wilderness take on the
Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.
One other contest will also be featured on Sunday, Jan. 6 as the Bobcats
will meet the Wilderness for a second time with this game being staged
in nearby Hayward, Wis. at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET.
“This is a tremendous opportunity that allows both the SIJHL and
NOJHL to showcase the talent on some of our top teams,” said SIJHL
President/Commissioner Ron Whitehead.
“With our two-time defending champion Wilderness and last year’s
finalist Lakers going up against the champs of the NOJHL in Sault Ste.
Marie, who also won last season’s Dudley-Hewitt Cup in Thunder Bay, and
an ever improving Elliot Lake squad, the scouts and fans should be
witness to some highly entertaining hockey in Spooner,” added Whitehead.
Both the Wilderness (29-3) and Thunderbirds (19-5-3-3) currently sit
in first place in their respective leagues and are highly rated in the
Canadian Junior Hockey League at No. 2 and No. 12 overall respectively.
The Wilderness are currently riding a 17-game winning streak.
Fort Frances, last season’s SIJHL finalist, are 17-12-1-1 overall and
7-3-1 in their past 11 games. Elliot Lake is in their first season in
the NOJHL and sit 7-20-0-1 overall, but has played close to .500 hockey
the past month in their first year in the Jr. A league.
Each of the four games in Spooner, Wis., is expected to be available
online on a pay-per-view basis through FASTHockey via the SIJHL website
Live online scoring will also be offered on the SIJHL website at www.sijhlhockey.com.
SIJHL-NOJHL SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
@ Spooner Ice House – Spooner, Wis.
Lakers vs. Soo Thunderbirds 3:30 p.m. CT
Wilderness vs. Elliot Lake Bobcats 7 p.m. CT
Lakers vs. Elliot Lake Bobcats 3:30 p.m. CT
Wilderness vs. Soo Thunderbirds 7 p.m. CT
Jan. 6 (@ Hayward, Wis.)
Wilderness vs. Elliot Lake Bobcats 2 p.m. CT
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