Miners @ Iron Rangers – February 2, 2018

After losing both games in the SIJHL Showcase the English River Miners make the cross border trek to Minnesota for a 2 game road trip. Game 1 Friday the Miners are in Hoyt Lake to face the Minnesota Iron Rangers. Tyler Thompson would get the start in net for the home team while Westin Cardwell would start between the pipes for the Miners.
First period action saw the Miners kill off an early power play chance of for the Rangers. At 9:29 Spencer Milne scored his 12th of the year after Jacob Siebenga got the puck to Ethan Wong who showed his speed off before passing it out front to Milne. Miners got a late power play in the period but were unable to beat Thompson. Westin Cardwell kept the Rangers off the board and ager 20 minutes the Miners lead 1-0 and shots were tied at 9.
The second period saw the Miners take control of the play. Both teams had 2 power play chances but Thompson & Cardwell kept the puck out of the net. Miners out shoot the Rangers 14-5 and after 40 minutes the score is still 1-0 for the Miners.
3rd period saw the play go back and forth. The Miners would take advantage of the only power play. With former Miner Erik Engdahl in the box serving a penalty for Tyler Thompson the Miners would make it 2-0. At 16:13 Jacob Siebenga would take a Brody Jennings pass and rip it past Thompson. Spencer Milne would get the second assist on the goal. Shots in the 3rd period were 15-11 for the Miners. Westin Cardwell shut the door on the Rangers the rest of the way. Final shots in the game are 38-25 for the Miners and the Miners win the game 2-0.
Goldcorp “Hard To Play Against” hard hat would go to Westin Cardwell. Cardwell stopped all 25 shots he faced for his first Junior ‘A’ shutout and his 8th win.
Ryan Patterson had a strong game and was awarded the “Mucker” of the game helmet.
Next up for the English River Miners is a cross state game with the first place Thief River Falls Norskies.
Tonight’s 3 Stars
1. #18 Spencer Milne English River Miners
2. #93 Jacob Siebenga English River Miners
3. # 1 Westin Cardwell English River Miners