Miners Top Walleye In Front Of Home Crowd

Photo by Patrick Boucha

The Kam River Fighting Walleye made the long trek through sunset country to face the Miners at the Cochenour Arena. This would be the first game in a two game weekend series featuring the top 2 teams in the SIJHL.  Eric Vanska would start between the pipes for the Walleye while Kiev Kineshanko got the start for the Miners.

Miners Captain Ryan Howe opened the scoring picking up the puck and putting it past Vanska for his 13th of the season at 7:37.  Nic Bolin would make it 2-0 Miners at 13:08 blasting a shot past Vanska for his 20th.  Jordan Baranesky scored his 31st of the season  on the power play to make it 3-0 Miners at 18:16.  Shots on goal in the first period were 14-9 for the Miners.

Nic Bolin opened up the second period scoring at 2:47 as the result of hard work for his 21st goal another unassisted marker this time short handed. Holden Woodcroft would get the Walleye on the board at 10:34 with his 9th.  Mathieu Belanger would put the Miners back up by 4 at 12:25 finishing off a nice passing play for his 5th as a Miner and ending Vanska’s night.  Parker Ball would come in and take over the crease for the Walleye. After 40 minutes of play the Miners lead 5-1 and are ahead on shots 27-19.

R.J. Dickie opens the third period scoring for the Miners with his 7th on the power play at 2:22. At 10:35 Dayton Clarke would deflect a point shot past Kineshanko for his 10th.  Zach Fortin scored his 12th at 17:52 to pull the Walleye within 3.  It would be too little too late and the Miners would hold on for a 6-3 win.  Final shots on goal 39-26 in favour the Miners.  Kiev Kineshanko picks up his 15th win of the season.