Published: October 4, 2017
BY NSN STAFF
Ethan Wong collected his first two Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) goals on Sept. 29 to help the English River Miners register their first win of the season as they defeated the Fort Frances Lakers 4-2 at the Cochenour Arena.
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, Fort Frances would get on the board 7:45 into the middle stanza on Damien Carigni’s third tally of the season.
Wong would tie it for the Miners later in the frame only to see the Lakers go back in front under two minutes later on a Jaedin Ness effort.
English River rallied in the final frame, drawing even thanks to Matt O’Neill 38 seconds into the third.
They then kept coming and got the game-winner with 11:02 to go off the stick of Jared Janke.
Fort Frances pulled their goaltender in the late going in an effort to tie and force overtime, but Wong iced it with an empty netter in the final minute to secure the Miners’ first win of the season as they improved to 1-2 overall.
Michael Lenko made 30 saves to register the victory for English River while Rob Ivy faced 26 shots in defeat for the Lakers who fell to 1-2-0-1 early in the season.
Two Miners were missing from the line-up on last Friday after being served with game suspensions following the Sept. 24 contest between the Miners and the Dryden GM Ice Dogs at the Memorial Arena.
Erik Engdahl received a one game suspension under Hockey Canada Rule 4.6 (c) for incurring a game misconduct in the final 10 minutes of regulation. Josh Breznik was also suspended for one game under Supplementary Discipline. Both players missed Sept. 29 contest vs. Fort Frances.
Dryden’s Trevor Kavanaugh received a one game suspension under Hockey Canada Rule 4.6 (c) for incurring a game misconduct in the final 10 minutes of regulation and Brendan Jay received two games under Supplementary Discipline.
The SIJHL handed down its ruling on the suspensions on Sept. 26.
The Miners will again face the Dryden GM Ice Dogs this week visiting them on Oct. 6 and then are heading south for games against Minnesota on Oct. 12 and Thief River Falls Oct. 13-14.
(seen above) Red Lake RAMS call-up #7 Jordan Baranesky works the puck by Fort Frances’ #6Mitch Kocsis during the Miners vs Fort Frances match-up on Sept. 29.
Photo by Pat Boucha