In the first of back to back games, the fourth place (11-12-0-3) English River Miners hosted the fifth place (6-18-1-1) Fort Frances Lakers in Red Lake, Ontario on December 18th in a Superior International Junior Hockey League regular season match – up.
48 seconds into the game, Nic Herringer sends a pass to Miner Matt O’Neill to give English River a 1 – 0 lead. Jack Bernie sinks his seventh on the season to even the game 1 – 1 at the 2:57 mark of the opening period with Adam Withers adding the assist on Lakers first goal of the game. Scoring his first of the game was Miner Herringer with 14 seconds remaining in the period to send English River into the first intermission up 2 – 1. Stratton Pickett and Terix Fischer – Kobes adding the helpers on Herringer’s go – ahead goal. At 3:58 of the middle stanza, veteran Ian Tookenay finds Laker Jaedin Ness for Fort Frances tying goal. Ness ties the game 2 – 2 with his 13th of the season. Fischer – Kobes finds the back of Laker goaltender Ismael Ralsten’s net at 6:23 of the second to give English River a 3 – 2 lead. Kyle Rosolowski and Pickett set up Fischer – Kobes power play goal.
With the hosts second power play goal of the contest, Jacob Siebenga registers the helper on the Miners fourth of the game with English River’s Spencer Milne brings the lead to 4 – 2 at 7:21 of the final period. With 1:09 remaining in the game, Herringer gives English River a 5 – 2 win over the Lakers with an empty net goal with O’Neill setting up the Miners final goal of the game.
Fort Frances coach Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network that “the penalties definitely had an effect on the game. We take 3 penalties while on the power play. In the end the two major differences in the game are special teams and we didn’t have enough guys going tonight.”
The Miners will mee the Lakers on December 19th in Fort Frances at the Ice for Kids Arena in a 7:30 (CST) puck drop.