The second half of the SIJHL season kicked off with the Thunder Bay North Stars heading up the 105 to the Cochenour Arena to take on the Red Lake Miners. Keenan Marks would get the start in net for the North Stars while Jack Osmond got the nod for the Miners.
The Miners would open up the scoring courtesy of a power play marker from Ty Woodard. Woodard took a pass from Aiden Corbett and let go a blast beating Marks for a 1-0 lead at 13:57. Both team had chances but could not find the back of the net for the rest of the period. Shots on goal after 1 were 24-12 for the North Stars.
Second period action would see the Miners add to their lead at 8:11 when Luke DeCorby intercepted a pass and beat Marks for his 4th of the season. North Stars would get on the board at 13:36 when Dimitri Trahiotis beat Osmond with a shot on the power play for his 10th of the season. After 40 minutes the MIners led 2-1 despite getting outshot 18 – 7 in the period.
Third period action saw a controversial goal tie the game. Jack Osmond was knocked down right in front of referee Steve Anderson and could not get in position to stop Nolan Desjardins from putting home his 4th of the season at 4:15. The Miners bench was looking for a goalie interference call but would not get it and the game was tied at 2. At 11:02 Garren Voisey kept the puck in at the blue line and put it on net. The puck would sneak past Osmond and trickle over the goal line for Voisey’s first goal and the North Stars would take a 3-2 lead. The North Stars would kill off a couple penalties and Keenan Marks would shut the door the rest of the way to preserve the win.
KeenanMarks stopped 35 shots to pick up his 6th win of the season while Jack Osmond stopped 56 shots in the loss.