Norskies @ Miners – February 19, 2018

The #7 CJHL ranked Thief River Falls Norskies playing their 5th game in 6 days made their way up Hwy 105 to the Cochenour Arena to face the English River Miners. Jackson Nelson would get the start for the Norskies and Michael Lenko would make his second straight start for the Miners.
First period action saw the Norskies take the early control of the game. Early on the Norskies had lots of pressure on the Miners who were struggling to get the puck out of their own end. At 13:15 the Norskies made the Miners pay for mistakes as Tate Steffan beat a screened Lenko for his 2nd of the season after the Miners failed to get the puck out. Just after a Miners penalty expired Alec Daman deflected a Michael Johnson shot from the point for a 2-0 Norskies lead. The score would stay the same as the buzzer sounded with the Norskies out shooting the Miners 16-9.
Miners would show up to play in the second period taking the possession edge keeping the play in the Norskies end with a great forecheck. A quick whistle with the puck lying beside Nelson would negate a Miners power play goal. Thief River would take advantage of the call that never got the momentum shifted to the Miners. Tate Steffan would score his second of the game beating a screened Lenko at 13:18 to make it 3-0 Norskies. Mark Ziobro would deflect a Kyle Rosolowski point shot for his 7th as a Miner to get the Miners on the board at 15:24. Spencer Milne would notch his 15th of the season on the power play at 17:27. Miners would out shoot the Norskies 15-9 in the period and after 40 minutes the Norskies lead 3-2.
Miners take a jump in the third period with a hard forecheck. Miners have an early power play opportunity in the period looking to tie the game up. After a mix up at the Norskie blue line Cody Aarvig gets a shorthanded break away. Michael Lenko would stop Aarvig but the puck laid just in front of Lenko and Jared Peterson would not be touched as he put the rebound past Lenko for his 17th at 5:06. The Miners would get themselves in penalty trouble and take themselves out of the game. Norskies would out shoot the Miners 13-6 in the period. Final score Thief River Falls Norskies 4 English River Miners 2.
Norseman Inn 3 Stars
1. #14 Tate Steffan Thief River Falls Norskies
2. #13 Michael Johnson Thief River Falls Norskies
3. #11 Mark Ziobro English River Miners