After facing the Minnesota Iron Rangers for the 3rd game in a row the Red Lake Miners made the trek across Northern Minnesota to Thief River Falls where they would face the Norskies at the Mini Ralph. Vince Benedetto gets the start for the Miners while Fletcher Bolda would start for the Norskies.
Miners would strike first at 1:25 when Ethan Stuckless would convert a Bryce Young pass for his 9th of the year and a 1-0 lead. At 5:47 Ryan Patterson would put the rebound from a Tucker Evans shot past Bolda for his 8th of the year. Bryce Johnson would cut the lead in half at 14:22 with his 12th. Captain Michael DiLullo would restore the Miners 2 goal lead at 18:29 when he banged his own rebound past Bolda. After 20 minutes of play shots are 16-13 for the Norskies and the Miners lead 3-1.
Brett Piper would get the Norskies back within 1 at 9:34 with his 16th. At 13:28 Stratton Pickett pulled back the draw to DiLullo who ripped a shot past Bolda for his second of the night and 23rd of the season. Vince Benedetto would make some key saves over the period. After 40 minutes of play the Norskies hold the edge in shots at 35-22 but the Miners lead 4-2.
SIJHL leading scorer Bryce Young would put the Miners up by 3 at 2:14 jumping on a loose puck and one timing it past Bolda. Young would score his 40th of the season at 10:39 to make it 6-2 Miners. Norskies would get a late power play goal at 17:37 to make it 6-3 but Vince Benedetto would shut them down for the rest of the game. Norskies out shoot the Miners 48-30 in the game but the Miners win 6-3. Vince Benedetto picks up his 9th win of the season.
Stopping 45 of 48 shots Vince Benedetto was given the Goldcorp Red Lake Mines “Hard to Play Against” hard hat.
Scoring his 8th of the season and having a good game in both ends Ryan Patterson was given the yellow “Mucker” helmet.
Miners next game at home is Saturday January 19th against the Dryden Ice Dogs.
Three stars of the game as given by the Norskies HockeyTv broadcasting team:
- #29 Vince Benedetto Red Lake Miners
- #12 Michael DiLullo Red Lake Miners
- #21 Bryce Young Red Lake Miners