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Lakers’ Nolan named SIJHL’s Gongshow Gear playoff MVP

04/23/2014, 11:30pm CDT
By SIJHL Communications



Release Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lakers’ Nolan named SIJHL’s Gongshow Gear playoff MVP

FORT FRANCES, Ont. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced following the completion of the Bill Salonen Cup league championship series Wednesday evening that Fort Frances Lakers forward Miles Nolan has been selected the Gongshow Gear Inc. most valuable player of the playoffs.

Nolan helped pace the Lakers to their first-ever SIJHL championship, as they rallied form a 3-1 series deficit to win the final three games and claim the title, by leading all skaters in postseason points with 15 in 13 playoff contests.

Among the offensive efforts for the 19-year-old Nolan, who hails from Geraldton, Ont., was a SIJHL-high 10 goals.

He also led the way in game-winning tallies with three.

Nolan will receive a gift package courtesy for his efforts, courtesy of Gongshow Gear Inc., the SIJHL’s official lifestyle hockey apparel partner and sponsor of the league’s performer of the month and playoff MVP awards.

The Lakers now move on to represent the SIJHL at next week’s Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A championship in Wellington, Ont.

Fort Frances opens up play at the Dudley-Hewitt Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. vs. the Ontario Junior Hockey League champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

They’ll meet the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, title holders of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, Wednesday, also at 2:30 p.m. before wrapping up round robin play next Thursday against the host Wellington Dukes at 7:30 p.m.

At stake at the DHC is a berth in the RBC Cup Canadian Jr. A championship May 10-18 in Vernon, B.C.


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Comeback complete, Fort Frances rallies to win Bill Salonen Cup

04/23/2014, 10:00pm CDT
By SIJHL Communications



Release Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Comeback complete, Fort Frances rallies to win Bill Salonen Cup

FORT FRANCES, Ont. – A goal by Mason Meyer seconds after a close play at the blueline turned out to be the difference as the Fort Frances Lakers rallied to edge the Minnesota Iron Rangers 3-2 Wednesday evening in game 7 of the Superior International Junior Hockey League Bill Salonen Cup final in front of a capacity crowd at Ice for Kids Arena.

In victory the Lakers stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit to win their final three games of the best-of-seven championship to take it 4-3 overall against a valiant Iron Rangers’ side.

Fort Frances now moves on to represent the league at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A championship April 29 through May 3 in Wellington, Ont.

Despite the Lakers holding a 15-7 edge in the shots on goal department in the opening 20 minutes, the session was scoreless with Minnesota’s Alex Reichle and Jordan Cartney of Fort Frances keeping the opposing shooters off the score sheet.

Fort Frances would open the scoring three minutes into the middle session as Bryce Lipinski snapped one past Reichle from the left face-off circle to put the home side in front.

Minnesota answered right back taking advantage of a Lakers penalty as Evan Erickson scored a similar type tally as Lipinski’s to tie it at 5:42, whipping one home from the left side.

The Iron Rangers took the lead later in the period as Fort Frances failed to clear the zone on a couple of opportunities, which eventually led to Jay Routheau being left alone in front where he made no mistake wiring one over a sprawled Cartney at 16:15.

The Lakers knotted the score early in the third on a quick break out which eventually saw Lucas Debenedet saucer a pass to a streaking Lyndon Lipinski who tucked a deke in between Recihle’s left pad and the post at 1:43.

Then with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation the turning point in the contest came on what would turn out to be a controversial game-winning goal.

As a Minnesota defender lobbed the puck high from his own zone in an effort to clear it, Meyer leapt up from his skates near the blueline and knocked the puck down to himself, then as it was ruled to be onside by the linesman, the Lakers’ forward proceeded to skate in and wrist a shot by Reichle for the eventual series deciding marker.

Fort Frances pressed for some insurance, but were stymied, as they were much of the series, by the Minnesota netminder as he kept his side in it right until the end.

The Iron Rangers pulled Reichle late in an effort to produce the tying tally, but time ran out before they could do so to give the Lakers their first SIJHL title in franchise history and the second for a Fort Frances-based side in the 13-year history of the league.

Final shots on goal were 37-26 in favour of the Lakers with Cartney picking up the win and Recihle the hard-luck defeat.

Joining Fort Frances at the DHC will be the Ontario Junior Hockey League Buckland Cup champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, who came away victorious in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League as well as the host Wellington Dukes.

Series F
SIJHL finals for the Bill Salonen Cup
No. 1 Fort Frances Lakers vs. No. 3 Minnesota Iron Rangers
Lakers win best-of-seven series 4-3

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: Fort Frances 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)  
Game 7: Fort Frances 3 Minnesota 2


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Wayne Strachan

Wayne Strachan

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P.O. Box 76
Fort Frances, Ont.
P9A 3M5
(807) 274-6889 (Phone/Fax)

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