The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Friday July 21st it’s 2017-18 regular season schedule.
The 168-game slate will commence Friday, September 22nd and will conclude on Saturday, March 17th.
Opening night will feature the English River Miners hosting the defending Bill Salonen Cup champion Dryden GM Ice Dogs at Cochenour Arena while the Fort Frances Lakers will entertain the Thief River Falls Norskies at Ice for Kids Arena in a pair of 7:30 p.m starts.
The following evening the Minnesota Iron Rangers will make their home debut as they take on the Thunder Bay North Stars at Hoyt Lakes Arena while Thief River Falls finishes off a home-and-home with Fort Frances at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Both contests getting underway at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 24th features the GM Ice Dogs home opener vs. the Miners at Memorial Arena at 3:30 p.m while the North Stars commence their home slate on Wednesday, September 27th at the Fort William Gardens at 7:30 p.m against the Iron Rangers.
In all, each SIJHL side will play 27 games at home, another 27 as the visiting club and all the squads playing twice at the SIJHL Showcase, which will be hosted by the Fort Frances Lakers at Ice for Kids Arena on Tuesday, January 30th and Wednesday, January 31st.
Also of note, Thief River Falls and Fort Frances will play a neutral site contest in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota Friday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m.
The following is the 2017-18 SIJHL regular season schedule: (Dates/Times subject to change)
Date Visitor vs Home Time (Arena)
Sept. 22 Dryden GM Ice Dogs vs English River Miners 7:30 p.m. (Cochenour Arena)
Sept. 22 Thief River Falls Norskies vs Fort Frances Lakers 7:30 p.m. (Ice For Kids Arena)
Sept. 23 Thunder Bay North Stars vs Minnesota Iron Rangers 7:00 p.m. (Hoyt Lakes Arena)
Sept. 23 Fort Frances Lakers vs Thief River Falls Norskies 7:00 p.m. (Ralph Engelstad Arena)
Sept. 24 English River Miners vs Dryden GM Ice Dogs 3:30 p.m. (Memorial Arena)
Sept. 27 Minnesota Iron Rangers vs Thunder Bay North Stars 7:30 p.m. (Fort William Gardens)
Sept. 29 Thief River Falls Norskies vs Minnesota Iron Rangers 7:00 p.m. (Hoyt Lakes Arena)
Sept. 29 Fort Frances Lakers vs English River Miners 7:30 p.m. (Cochenour Arena)
Sept. 30 Minnesota Iron Rangers vs Thief River Falls Norskies 7:00 p.m. (Ralph Engelstad Arena)
Sept. 30 Dryden GM Ice Dogs vs Fort Frances Lakers 7:30 p.m. (Ice For Kids Arena)