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Iron Rangers' Reichle named Pizza Hut player of the week

04/15/2014, 7:00am CDT
By SIJHL Communications

SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

SIJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Iron Rangers' Reichle named Pizza Hut player of the week

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that Minnesota Iron Rangers goaltender Alex Reichle has been named the Pizza Hut player of the week for the period ending April 13.

In two starts last week the 20-year-old Missouri native allowing only three goals against on 80 shots faced in over 140 minutes of work helping his side pick up a split on the road in the first two games of the Bill Salonen Cup final vs. the Fort Frances Lakers.

He only allowed one against on 46 shots in game 1, which came in double overtime, as Minnesota dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision at Ice for Kids Arena Friday.

Reichle followed that up be making 32 more stops to keep his side in the game allowing them to rally for a 3-2 triumph in game 2 to even the series at 1-1 heading into game 3 Wednesday evening in Hoyt Lakes at 7 p.m.

The Iron Rangers stopper is second in the SIJHL in playoff goals-against average at 2.39 and sits third in save percentage at .928.

Also earning consideration for the Pizza Hut player of the week was Kevin Kurm, (F) Fort Frances Lakers; Sam Mancini, (F) Minnesota Iron Rangers and Brent Aiken, (F) Fort Frances Lakers.

PIZZA HUT PLAYER OF THE WEEK

PLAYOFFS
Week 1:
Eric Mann, (G) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 2: Alex Hester, (F) Dryden Ice Dogs
Week 3: Miles Nolan, (F) Fort Frances Lakers
Week 4: Miles Nolan, (F) Fort Frances Lakers
Week 5: Alex Reichle, (G) Minnesota Iron Rangers

 

Iron Rangers even Salonen Cup final at 1-1

04/12/2014, 10:30pm CDT
By SIJHL Communications

SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

SIJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014

Iron Rangers even Salonen Cup final at 1-1

FORT FRANES, Ont. – Matt O’Dea’s redirection goal from in close with six and a half minutes remaining proved to be the difference at the Minnesota Iron Rangers edged the Fort Frances Lakers 3-2 Saturday evening in game 2 of the Bill Salonen Cup Superior International Junior Hockey League championship at Ice for Kids Arena.

With the victory the Iron Rangers even the best-of-seven series at 1-1 as it now shifts to Hoyt Lakes Arena for games 3 and 4 next Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.

Fort Frances got on the board first as Kevin Kurm notched his second of the postseason at 4:55 of the first.

Following a neutral zone skirmish play opened up as Minnesota tied it moments later as Sam Mancini snapped a low shot from the right side that eluded Lakers’ netminder Devin Tappenden.

The Lakers answered back to restore their lead as Donovan Cousineau slid one past Alex Reichle in the Iron Rangers’ net finishing off the work of Lucas Debenedet, who used his speed to generate the opportunity.

It stayed that way until the latter stages of the middle session as Minnesota pulled even as Mancini’s sharp-angle shot fooled Tappenden to level the proceedings after 40 minutes.

The Iron Rangers would notch the winner in the final frame on the transition as Evan Erickson fed a hard-charging O’Dea in front from the side boards as he calmly deflected in the eventual deciding tally.

Shots on goal favoured the Lakers 34-27 with Reichle picking up the win and Tappenden the loss.

The Bill Salonen Cup winner 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 Soo Thunderbirds took the opener of the NOJHL final edging the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 2-1 in double OT Saturday evening in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Toronto Lakeshore Patriots are up 1-0 on the Aurora Tigers heading into game 2 of the OJHL final Sunday night.

The winner of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup will move on to represent the region at the RBC Cup Canadian Jr. A championship May 10-18 in Vernon, B.C.

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 1-1

Game 1: Fort Frances 1 Minnesota 0 (2OT)
Game 2: Minnesota 3 Fort Frances 2

Game 3: Wednesday, April 16 @ Minnesota 7 p.m. (Hoyt Lakes)
Game 4: Thursday, April 17 @ Minnesota 7 p.m. (Hoyt Lakes)
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

 

Lakers take lengthy Bill Salonen Cup opener in double OT

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

SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

SIJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Lakers take lengthy Bill Salonen Cup opener in double OT

FORT FRANCES, Ont. – Miles Nolan’s league-leading 10th goal of the playoffs, 10:37 into the second overtime, was the difference as the Fort Frances Lakers edged the Minnesota Iron Rangers 1-0 in a hard-fought, tight-checking game 1 of the Bill Salonen Cup Superior International Junior Hockey League final Friday evening at Ice for Kids Arena.

Game 2 goes Saturday back in Fort Frances at 7:30 p.m.

The goaltender’s in this one stole the show for the majority of the contest as Devin Tappenden of Fort Frances and Alex Reichle of Minnesota were both spectacular combining to stop 84 of 85 shots fired their way.

Each side had quality chances through 60 minutes of regulation time only to be stymied by the netminders.

After the score remained 0-0 through the first OT the Lakers would eventually win it midway through the second extra session as Nolan stuffed in the winner from the left of Reichle as bodies jammed the front of the net to end the grueling defensive battle.

Tappenden made 39 saves to record his second shutout of the postseason while lowering his SIJHL-leading playoff goals-against average to 1.58 while increasing his league-best save percentage to .937.

Reichle was equally spectacular for the Iron Rangers in the hard-luck defeat finishing the night with 45 saves on 46 attempts.

The SIJHL winner will advance to the Dudley-Hewitt Cup April 29 through May 3 in Wellington, Ont., vs. the champions of the Northern Ontario and Ontario Junior Hockey Leagues along with the host Wellington Dukes for a berth to RBC Cup Canadian Jr. A championship May 10-18 in Vernon, B.C.

Series F
SIJHL finals for the Bill Salonen Cup
No. 1 Fort Frances Lakers vs. No. 3 Minnesota Iron Rangers
Lakers lead best-of-seven series 1-0

Game 1: Fort Frances 1 Minnesota 0 (2 OT)
Game 2:
Saturday, April 12 @ Fort Frances 7:30 p.m. (Ice for Kids)
Game 3: Wednesday, April 16 @ Minnesota 7 p.m. (Hoyt Lakes)
Game 4: Thursday, April 17 @ Minnesota 7 p.m. (Hoyt Lakes)
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