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Game 7 tonight between Lakers and Iron Rangers

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

SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

SIJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Game 7 tonight between Lakers and Iron Rangers

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The two greatest words in hockey … Game 7.

That’s what’s in store tonight as the Superior International Junior Hockey League will crown a new Bill Salonen Cup champion this evening at Ice for Kids Arena in Fort Frances as the hometown Lakers host the Minnesota Iron Rangers in a seventh and deciding game of this hard-fought series. The opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Fort Frances has battled back from a 3-1 series deficit to force game 7 and will look to complete the comeback this evening while Minnesota looks to capture their first-ever SIJHL title.

THE SERIES: The series has been tightly contested from the on-set with four of the games having been decided by just one goal, including one in overtime and two others in double OT.

Minnesota holds a slight edge in total goals scored, 14-13, through the opening six games.

The top six point producers in the playoffs are comprised of skaters from these two teams.

Miles Nolan, Brent Aiken and Kevin Kurm lead the Lakers offensively with 15, 14 and 12 points respectively.

Pacing the Iron Rangers has been Evan Erickson, Trevor Hoth and Jason Reynolds with Erickson having 13 points and the other pair 12 apiece.

Alex Recihle has played every game in net in the series for Minnesota and sits third overall in playoff goals-against average at 2.39 and is second in save percentage at .930.

Jordan Cartney has started the last two contests for Fort Frances and is 3-0 overall in the postseason.

His 2.00 average tops all goaltenders and he sports a .917 save mark.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Bill Salonen Cup champion will advance to represent the SIJHL at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A championship April 29 through May 3 in Wellington, Ont.

They will join the host Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League along with the OJHL Buckland Cup champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots and the recently crowned Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League title holders, the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, at the five-day event.

Kirkland Lake claimed the NOJHL crown Tuesday with a narrow 2-1 triumph over the top seeded Soo Thunderbirds in game 6 of that series to win it 4-2 overall.

An ex-SIJHLer in Dan Morin is the captain of the Gold Miners.

Former Thunder Bay North Stars head coach Jordan Smith was in his first year at the helm of the Thunderbirds where he guided them to a first place finish in the regular season standings and also the No. 1 ranking in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Smith was also named NOJHL coach of the year.

THIRD TIME: Tonight’s game 7 marks the third time in league history the Bill Salonen Cup final has gone the distance.

The Schrieber Diesels defeated the Fort William North Stars, on the road in Thunder Bay, in the 2007 BSC deciding game while the Wisconsin Wilderness got past Fort Frances in game 7 of the 2012 final in Spooner, Wis.

SIJHL CONNECTION: An SIJHL alumnus helped his new team sweep their way to a British Columbia Hockey League crown.

Goaltender Gordie Defiel, who backstopped the Wilderness to SIJHL and Dudley-Hewitt Cup titles last season, has won another championship as he helped lead the Coquitlam Express to the Fred Page Cup, emblematic of BCHL champions.

The Express swept the RBC Cup host Vernon Vipers in four games while Defiel making 35 stops in the finale.

Defiel, who was named the SIJHL’s goaltender of the year in 2012-13 and was last year’s Dudley-Hewitt Cup MVP, will now help lead his Coquitlam side to the Cresent Point Energy Western Canada Cup, April 25-May 3 in Dauphin, Man.

The winner and finalist at that five-team event will both advance to the RBC Cup in Vernon, May 10-18.

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

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: TONIGHT @ Fort Frances 7:30 p.m. (Ice for Kids Arena)

 

Fort Frances forces game 7 with OT triumph

04/21/2014, 10:00pm CDT
By SIJHL Communications

SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

SIJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Photo credit: Randy Murray

Fort Frances forces game 7 with OT triumph

HOYT LAKES, Minn. – Cameron Jackson’s bank-in goal 4:30 into overtime lifted the Fort Frances Lakers to a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Iron Rangers Monday in game 6 of the Superior International Junior Hockey League Bill Salonen Cup final at a jam-packed Hoyt Lakes Arena.

With the Lakers’ triumph the best-of-seven series is now tied at three wins apiece with game 7 set for Wednesday at Ice for Kids Arena in Fort Frances starting at 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota opened the scoring late in the opening period as Max Seiter chipped in a rebound off an Eric Madison blast from the right side past Lakers’ starter Jordan Cartney at 18:52.

The score stayed that way until the latter stages of the middle stanza when Fort Frances connected for a pair of tallies under two minutes apart to grab a 2-1 lead after two periods of play.

Lucas Debenedet intercepted a clearing attempt just inside the Iron Rangers and skillfully darted in and fed cross-ice pass to Mason Meyer who one-timed a shot past Alex Reichle in the Minnesota net at 17:56 for the tying goal.

The go ahead marker then came with 8.6 seconds left in the stanza during a Fort Frances power play as Lyndon Lipinski knocked in a loose puck from the top of the crease following a goal-mouth scramble.

After Debenedet put the visitors up 3-1 at 11:25 courtesy of a man advantage marker, Minnesota stormed back to tie it with markers from Jonathon Losurdo and Trevor Hoth a minute and a half apart to force OT.

Near the midway point of the first overtime a pinching Jackson banked his shot towards the net off an Iron Rangers’ defender and in to give Fort Frances the victory and force game 7 Wednesday.

Debenedet, the SIJHL’s leading point producer during the regular season, finished the night playing a part in all four Lakers’ markers with his goal along with a trio of assists.

Fort Frances held the shots on goal edge in the contest by a 36-34 margin with Cartney picking up the win and Reichle the OT defeat.

The SIJHL’s Bill Salonen Cup 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 host Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League along with the OJHL Buckland Cup champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots at the five-day event along with the yet to be determined winner of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners currently lead the NOJHL final vs. the Soo Thunderbirds 3-2 in their best-of-seven series, which resumes Tuesday evening in Kirkland Lake.

Series F
SIJHL finals for the Bill Salonen Cup

No. 1 Fort Frances Lakers vs. No. 3 Minnesota Iron Rangers
Best-of-seven series tied 3-3

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: Wednesday, April 23 @ Fort Frances 7:30 p.m. (Ice for Kids Arena)

 

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