Published: September 20, 2017
BY NSN STAFF
The English River Miners got a pair of goals from Sam Cirone then withstood a late comeback bid from the Fort Frances Lakers before eventually prevailing 5-4 in a Superior International Junior Hockey League preseason contest last Saturday at Cochenour Arena.
The game was the second in back to back action against the Lakers.
On Sept. 16 each side scored twice in the first period with Michael Di Lullo and Cirone striking for English River while Jaedin Ness and Ian Jarvis replied for Fort Frances.
The Miners took a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes when Ethan Wong scored on the power play 4:03 into the session while Cirone picked up his second of the evening at 13:20.
Boehn Mock notched the eventual game-winner for the home side just past the eight-minute mark of the third.
Battling back the Lakers drew closer on an Asher Chorney effort midway through the period then picked up one more just before time expired off the stick of Charlie Wilkie to round out the scoring.
Terix Fischer-Nobes had two assists for English River in the win.
Josh Breznik and Westin Cardwell split duties in net for the Miners, both allowing two against, and making 16 and 17 saves respectively.
Michael Binczyk went the distance in goal for Fort Frances facing 41 attempts in defeat.
The previous night in Fort Frances the Miners rode the strength of three second period goals to defeat the Fort Frances Lakers 3-1.
It was a tight-checking opening 20 minutes that was scoreless. The Miners began the scoring 4:49 into the middle session thanks to a Kyle Rosolowski power play marker.
English River then added another off the stick of Ryan Patterson to go up by a pair. Nolan Dawson extended the visitors cushion in the latter stages of the stanza to go up by three heading into the final frame.
Fort Frances would get one back just past the eight-minute mark of the third courtesy of Jaedin Ness, but the Miners shut the door from there to preserve the victory.
English River’s Ethan Wong and Dwayne Auger both picked up two assists each in the triumph.
Westin Cardwell started for the Miners and picked the win, including stopping a penalty shot.
Rob Ivy suffered the loss for the Lakers.
English River will now open up the regular season this Friday by hosting the defending SIJHL champion Dryden GM Ice Dogs while Fort Frances welcomes the Thief River Falls Norskies to Ice for Kids Arena in a pair of 7:30 p.m. starts.