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      Cartney backstops Lakers to game 5 win

      04/19/2014, 10:00pm CDT
      By SIJHL Communications

      SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

      SIJHL COMMUNICATIONS
      MEDIA UPDATE

      Release Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014

      Cartney backstops Lakers to game 5 win

      FORT FRANCES, Ont. – Facing a must-win situation the Fort Frances Lakers got a 24-save shutout from Jordan Cartney, who was making his second start of the playoffs, to backstop his club to a 2-0 triumph over the Minnesota Iron Rangers Saturday evening in game 5 of the Superior International Junior Hockey League Bill Salonen Cup final at Ice for Kids Arena.

      With the victory the Lakers cut the Iron Rangers lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2.

      Minnesota has another opportunity to capture their first championship in franchise history Monday night in game 6, which goes at 7 p.m. at Hoyt Lakes Arena.

      Should the Lakers come away victorious in the one, game 7 would go Wednesday in Fort Frances at 7:30 p.m.

      Following a scoreless opening 20 minutes the home side got on the board in the second courtesy of a power play effort from Fort Frances defenceman Cameron Jackson at 9:22 as he pinched in a buried a rebound past Minnesota’s Alex Reichle.

      The Lakers doubled their cushion late in the middle stanza as Patrick Sofer intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and skated down the right and fired a shot on Reichle that found its way to the stick of Hunter Leishman in the slot, who snapped one home notching his first of the postseason with 78 seconds left in the session.

      Both goaltenders made quality stops the rest of the way to keep opposing shooters off the score sheet in the low scoring affair.

      Cartney improved to 2-0 in playoffs for Fort Frances while Reichle finished with 30 saves in defeat for Minnesota as his postseason record slipped to 8-2 and a league-best .934 save percentage.

      The SIJHL champion will advance to represent the league at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A championship April 29 through May 3 in Wellington, Ont.

      They will join the title holders from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Junior Hockey League along with the host Wellington Dukes (OJHL) at the five-day event.

      The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners currently lead the NOJHL final vs. the Soo Thunderbirds 3-1 in their best-of-seven series, which resumes Sunday evening in Sault Ste. Marie.

      Meanwhile the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots are up 3-2 on the Aurora Tigers in the OJHL championship with game 6 in that set going Sunday night.

      Series F
      SIJHL finals for the Bill Salonen Cup
      No. 1 Fort Frances Lakers vs. No. 3 Minnesota Iron Rangers
      Iron Rangers lead best-of-seven series 3-2

      Game 1: Fort Frances 1 Minnesota 0 (2 OT)
      Game 2: Minnesota 3 Fort Frances 2
      Game 3: Minnesota 5 Fort Frances 4 (2 OT)
      Game 4: Minnesota 3 Fort Frances Lakers 0
      Game 5: Fort Frances 2 Minnesota 0
      Game 6:
      Monday, April 21 @ Minnesota 7 p.m. (Hoyt Lakes)  
      Game 7*: Wednesday, April 23 @ Fort Frances 7:30 p.m. (Ice for Kids)

      *-if necessary

      Reichle shines as Iron Rangers blank Lakers in game 4

      04/17/2014, 11:00pm CDT
      By SIJHL Communications

      SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

      SIJHL COMMUNICATIONS
      MEDIA UPDATE

      Release Date: Thursday, April 17. 2014

      Photo credit: Randy Murray

      Reichle shines as Iron Rangers blank Lakers in game 4

      HOYT LAKES, Minn. – Minnesota Iron Rangers goaltender Alex Reichle stopped all 43 shots he faced to backstop his club to a 3-0 victory over the Fort Frances Lakers Thursday night in game 4 of the Superior International Junior Hockey League Bill Salonen Cup final at Hoyt Lakes Arena.

      With the win Iron Rangers now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and will have a chance to capture their first championship in franchise history Saturday evening in game 5 at Ice for Kids Arena in Fort Frances at 7:30 p.m.

      Neither side would connect in the opening period in a session that saw the Lakers outshoot the Iron Rangers 14-11.

      T.J. Samec notched the eventual game-winner at 7:11 of the middle stanza as he buried the feed from A.J. Rupert to put the home side on the board.

      Just over five minutes later Minnesota extended their lead as Seth Chumley beat Fort Frances starter Devin Tappenden to make it a 2-0 game after 40 minutes.

      The Lakers came out hard in the final frame, firing 21 pucks on the Iron Rangers net, but could not solve Reichle on this night who kept the opposing shooters at bay all evening.

      Eric Madison then iced it in the final minute with an empty netter to put Minnesota in command of the series and a win away from claiming the Bill Salonen Cup.

      Tappenden had 30 stops in a losing cause for the Lakers.

      The SIJHL champion will advance to represent the league at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A championship April 29 through May 3 in Wellington, Ont.

      They will join the title holders from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Junior Hockey League along with the host Wellington Dukes (OJHL) at the five-day event.

      The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners currently lead the NOJHL final vs. the Soo Thunderbirds 2-1 in their best-of-seven series following a 4-3 triumph in overtime Thursday.

      Meanwhile the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots are up 3-1 on the Aurora Tigers in the OJHL championship with game 5 in that set going Friday.

      Series F
      SIJHL finals for the Bill Salonen Cup
      No. 1 Fort Frances Lakers vs. No. 3 Minnesota Iron Rangers
      Iron Rangers lead best-of-seven series 3-1

      Game 1: Fort Frances 1 Minnesota 0 (2 OT)
      Game 2: Minnesota 3 Fort Frances 2
      Game 3: Minnesota 5 Fort Frances 4 (2 OT)
      Game 4: Minnesota 3 Fort Frances Lakers 0
      Game 5:
      Saturday, April 19 @ Fort Frances 7:30 p.m. (Ice for Kids)
      Game 6*: Monday, April 21 @ Minnesota 7 p.m. (Hoyt Lakes)  
      Game 7*: Wednesday, April 23 @ Fort Frances 7:30 p.m. (Ice for Kids)

      *-if necessary

       

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