After taking two games on the road in Thief River for a 3-1 series lead the Red Lake Miners returned home to the Cochenour arena looking to finish off the series with a win. Bailey Schmitz would start for the Norskies and Zach Willms got the nod for the Miners.
After an early power play that they could not capitalize on the Miners do get on the board first. At 8:13 Stratton Pickett scored his second of the post season putting a rebound from a Morgan Venne shot past Schmitz for a 1-0 lead. Both teams would get a couple power play chances with no success before Keegan Tiringer would put the Miners ahead 2-0. At 19:43 Connor Jacobs would slide a pass out from behind the net and Tiringers wrist shot would sneak though Schmitz with 14 seconds left on the clock. Miners outshoot the Norskies 11 to 8 in the period.
SIJHL MVP Bryce Young would keep things going for the Miners. At 2:49 Ethan Stuckless would spring Young free between a couple Norskies and Young would rip a wrist shot past Schmitz for a 3-0 lead. just over 4 minutes later Michael Dilullo would move out from behind the net on a power play and score his 2nd of the post season. and a 4-0 lead . Any hope the Norskies had on getting back into the game was snuffed out by Bryce Young who would put a rebound past Schmitz with only 5 seconds left on the game clock. Miners would out shoot the Norskies 12-8 in the second period and lead 5-0 after 40 minutes of play,
The third period had no scoring and not much action. Norskies hold an edge of 9-8 on the shot count but lose the game 5-0. Zach Willms would stop all 25 shots for the win and the shutout.
Scoring the fourth goal of the game after a great effort Michal DiLullo would be given the Golcorp-Red Lake Mines Hard to play against hard hat.
With a spirited tilt in the 3rd period. Jackson Stephens would get the yellow “Mucker” helmet.
The Miners win the series 4-1 and will now take on the Thunder Bay North Stars in the SIJHL finals.
North Star Air 3 Stars
- #30 Zach Willms Red Lake Miners
- #21 Bryce Young Red Lake Miners
- #7 Dante Tisi Red Lake Miners