HAYWARD, Wis. – Weekend competition between the
Superior International Junior Hockey League and the Northern Ontario
Junior Hockey Leagueconcluded Sunday as the Minnesota Wilderness
defeated the Elliot Lake Bobcats 5-1 at Hayward Arena in Wisconsin.
The SIJHL-leading Wilderness won for a 20th straight outing with the
victory. They have won 17 in succession in league play as well as
defeating the Bobcats Friday before skating to a 3-1 triumph over the
reigning NOJHL and Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion Soo Greyhounds Saturday.
Also representing the SIJHL were the Fort Frances Lakers who dropped a
7-1 decision to the Thunderbirds Friday before blanking the Bobcats 6-0
In Sunday’s contest Jeremy Johnson notched the lone goal of the
opening frame early on as the Minnesota forward struck on the power play
3:16 into the contest.
Each team replied in the middle session with another pair of man
advantage markers with SIJHL leading scoring Mike Dietrich replying for
the Wilderness and Tyler Newsome countering for Elliot Lake.
It was all Minnesota in the final period outshooting the Bobcats 20-4 while tacking on three more tallies.
Notching those efforts were Brian Drapluk, on the power play, along
with even strength efforts from Michael MacKinnon and Zach Thielen.
Dan Divis dished out two assists to aid the offensive cause for the two-time defending SIJHL champions.
Overall shots on goal were 59-21 in favour of the Wilderness with
JoJo Jeanetta picking up the win and Thomas Graham suffering the
The NOJHL and SIJHL will next meet April 30 through May 4 at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup hosted by the North Bay Trappers.
Joining the host Trappers will be the respective champions of the
NOJHL, SIJHL and the Ontario Junior Hockey League with a berth to the
Royal Bank Cup on the line.
Should North Bay go on to capture the NOJHL playoff title then the
league finalist will also represent the league at the Dudley-Hewitt.
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