SPOONER, Wis. – Day 2 of the inaugural Superior –
Northern Showdown featuring clubs from the Superior International Junior
Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League went the
way of the SIJHL as both of the their clubs went on to post victories.
FORT FRANCES LAKERS 6 ELLIOT LAKE BOBCATS 0 – A five-goal third period blew open as close game as Fort Frances posted the shutout win.
A Cody Wickstorm marker in the late stages of the opening frame would
hold up as the game-winner as he beat Bobcats’ starter Thomas Graham at
The middle session was scoreless before the Lakers erupted in the third to put the game away.
Colton Spicer had a pair of power play markers in the final stanza to
aid the Fort Frances cause while Jon Carlson, Patrick Sofer and Hunter
Leishman supplied singles.
Tanner Hamilton made 21 saves to register the shutout and Graham was peppered with 58 shots in the setback.
MINNESOTA WILDERNESS 3 SOO THUNDERBIRDS 1 – The
marquee match-up of the SIJHL-NOJHL Showdown saw the Wilderness win for a
19th straight time, having recorded 17 consecutive victories in league
play as well as two triumphs in this event.
Minnesota grabbed an early lead as Jeremy Johnson found the back of
the net on Soo starter Joel Horodziejczyk 2:22 into the contest.
The Wilderness, ranked the No. 2 club in the Canadian Junior Hockey
League, extended their lead midway through the opening period as Danny
Bartkowiak converted at 9:57.
Sault Ste. Marie, tabbed 12th nationally in the final CJHL rankings
of 2012, put an end to Gordie Defiel’s shutout bid half way through the
second stanza and Yan Kalashnikov struck on the power play finishing off
the work of Anthony Miller and Michael Caruso.
Peter Barral wrapped up the night’s scoring in the third on a night
that saw the two-time SIJHL champions out shoot the defending NOJHL and
Dudley-Hewitt Cup title holders 45-26.
Minnesota will play one final game against NOJHL competition as
they’ll meet the Elliot Lake Bobcats Sunday at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET in
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