April 4, 2022
Thunder Bay, Ontario
For Immediate Release
The SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup semi-finalists are set and the league announces play will get underway in both series on Thursday April 7.
Each semi-final series will pit geographical rivals against one another in what are sure to be exciting matchups.
The top-seeded Kam River Fighting Walleye will see their first playoff action in franchise history facing off against the fourth-seeded and defending SIJHL champion Thunder Bay North Stars. Thunder Bay earned the semi-final berth courtesy of having dispatched #5 Wisconsin Lumberjacks in three-straight in the quarter finals.
The other series will feature the second-seeded Red Lake Miners coming off their quarter-final bye to face the third-seeded Dryden GM Ice Dogs who convincingly eliminated the Fort Frances Lakers in a 3-game sweep in their quarter-final matchup.
Each series will be best-of-7 affairs with a 2-2-1-1-1 format kicking off in the higher seed’s arena.
The winners will then face off in the 2022 Bill Salonen Championship Final.
As was previously announce by the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and Hockey Canada, the 2022 Bill Salonen Cup Champions will earn entry into and represent the SIJHL at the CJHL Tim Horton’s Centennial Cup National Junior A Hockey Championships taking place in Estevan, SK starting May 19.
Here is the full schedule for the SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup Semi-Finals of the 2022 Playoffs:
|Series A – Dryden GM Ice Dogs vs. Red Lake Miners||Series B – Thunder Bay North Stars vs. Kam River Fighting Walleye|
|Thursday April 7: Dryden at Red Lake 7:30pm CDT, Cochenour Arena||Thursday April 7: Thunder Bay at Kam River 7:30pm EDT, Norwest Arena|
|Sunday April 10, Dryden at Red Lake 7:30pm CDT, Cochenour Arena||Friday April 8: Thunder Bay at Kam River 7:30pm EDT, Norwest Arena|
|Tuesday April 12: Red Lake at Dryden, 7:30pm CDT, Dryden Memorial Arena||Sunday April 10: Kam River at Thunder Bay, 2:00pm EDT, Fort William Gardens|
|Wednesday April 13: Red Lake at Dryden, 7:30pm CDT, Dryden Memorial Arena||Monday April 11: Kam River at Thunder Bay, 7:30pm EDT, Fort William Gardens|
|Saturday April 16, Dryden at Red Lake 7:30pm CDT, Cochenour Arena (* if necessary)||Wednesday April 13: Thunder Bay at Kam River 7:30pm EDT, Norwest Arena (* if necessary)|
|Sunday April 17: Red Lake at Dryden, 7:30pm CDT, Dryden Memorial Arena (*if necessary)||Thursday April 14: Kam River at Thunder Bay, 7:30pm EDT, Fort William Gardens (* if necessary)|
|Tuesday April 19, Dryden at Red Lake 7:30pm CDT, Cochenour Arena (*if necessary)||Saturday April 16: Thunder Bay at Kam River 7:30pm EDT, Norwest Arena (* if necessary)|
Visit the SIJHL website to follow along. All games will be live-streamed on HockeyTV.
Darrin Nicholas, SIJHL Commissioner,