The Minnesota Iron Rangers made the border cross and trek up the 105 to the Cochenour Arena to face the Red Lake Miners. Nick Corneliusen would get the start in net for the visiting Iron Rangers while Zach Willms would start for the Miners.
Miners would strike early in the first period to open the scoring. At 2:22 Michael DiLullo would take a pass up the middle from Sean Gula and rip a quick shot over the shoulder of Corneliusen for a 1-0 lead. Bryce Young would make it 2-0 on the power play 23 seconds later with a laser over the right shoulder of Corneliusen. Miners carry most of the play for the period but Corneliusen would hold the Miners off till late in the period. At 17:41 on the power play Stratton Pickett would bang a rebound home to make it 3-0. After 20 minutes of play the Miners out shoot the Rangers 17-7 and lead 3-0.
Second period action had the Miners getting another goal early in the period. Bryce Young would score his 15th of the season at 3:58 on a nice one on one play before another hard wrist shot beat Corneliusen. Ryan Patterson would make it 5-0 at 6:00 with his 3rd of the season. A shorthand marker at 7:01 from Stratton Pickett for his 11th of the season would make it 6-0. Red Lake’s own Sean Gula would score his first Junior ‘A’ goal and his first as a Miner at 9:18 to make it 7-0. Gula converted a beauty pass from Bryce Young on the power play. After 40 minutes Miners hold an edge of 31-17 in shots and have a 7-0 lead.
Third period had the Miners make it 8-0 at 13:54 when Connor Jacobs scored his second of the season. Ty Lawrence would finish off the scoring at 18:58 with his second of the year. Miners out shoot the Rangers 57-20 and win 9-0. Zach Willms wasn’t tested much but was steady when needed to get his first Junior ‘A’ shutout.
Cole Bohnet’s 4 assist night would get him the Goldcorp Red Lake Mines “hard To Play Against” Hard Hart.
Shaye Sommerfeld would be given the yellow “Mucker” of the night helmet.
North Star Air 3 Stars
- #10 Bryce Young Red Lake Miners
- # 9 Cole Bohnet Red Lake Miners
- #90 Stratton Pickett Red Lake Miners