photo by Patrick Boucha

Miners Defeat North Stars in Battle for First Place

The Thunder Bay North Stars made their way up Highway 105 to the Cochenour Arena to face the Miners in a battle for first place in the SIJHL standings.  Jordan Smith would get the nod in net for the North Stars while Kiev Kineshanko started in net for the Miners.

Ryan Howe got the home team on the scoreboard first.  At 6:02 Howe finished off a nice passing play beating Smith for his 3rd of the season. Hunter Foreshew would tie it up just 44 seconds later with a PP tally.  Both teams would get some chances but both goaltenders stood their ground.  After 20 minutes the score is tied at 1.

It wouldn’t take long to have the tie broken in the second period.  with 2 seconds left in a power play Jordan Baranesky would beat Smith for his 10th of the year.  Thunder Bay would tie it up at 2 when Dawson Nelson redirected a Dylan Bertrand point shot at 12:35. Ryan Hunter would put the home team up late in the period when he sprung free and beat Smith for his 3rd as a Miner at 18:47.  After 40 minutes the Miners lead 3-2.

Rylin Philpott-Way would put the Miners up 2 at 9:05 of the third.  Elliot Parker knocked the puck down to Philpott-Way who danced across the end line and popped one past Smith for his second of the year.   Jordan Baranesky would finish off the nights scoring at 12:16 finishing off a 2 on 1 with Nic Bolin for his 11th.  Kiev Keneshanko would keep the puck out the rest of the way stopping 29 shots to pick up his 3rd win of the season.