The #1 CJHL ranked Thief River Falls Norskies made the trek up Hwy 105 to face the English River Miners. Brock Lefebvre gets the start for the Norskies while Michael Lenko got the call for the Miners.
Miners get a quick jump when Zak Albers jumps on a loose puck with a burst of speed turning it into a breakaway and beats Lefebvre with a backhand for his first goal as a Miner. Miners would get a power play chance shortly after but failed to convert. Norskies would get their chance with consecutive power plays before the Miners would get another pair of chances before the end of the period. Neither team could beat the goalies and after 20 minutes of play the Miners led 1-0. Shots on goal after 1 period Norskies 15 Miners 12.
The Miners would start the second with 20 seconds left on the power play but were unable to do anything with it. Miners would get another power play chance later in the period but again came up empty. At 18:24 the Norskies would tie it up when Blair Lindholm would get the puck off a neutral zone turnover and pass it up to Boe Bjorge who beat a screened Lenko. Both teams tightened up defensively and after 40 minutes of play the game is tied up at 1 with the Norskies outshooting the Miners 22-20.
The third period saw both teams tighten up defensively and not much for scoring chances. The Norskies would take the lead at 5:34 when a bad pinch by a Miners defenceman would put the Norskies on a 2 on 1 rush. Parker Simonson would make a pretty pass over to Mitchell Soderberg who would beat Lenko. Miners would get a power play chance to try to tie it up but could not get anything past Lefebvre. A late penalty would give the Miners a chance for a 5 on 4 advantage with Lenko pulled for an extra attacker. Connor Shuster was awarded a goal after being pulled down with an empty cage with 19 seconds left on the clock to seal the win. Norskies 3 Miners 1. Norskies out shoot the Miners 28-23.
These two teams face each other again Saturday November 4 at the Cochenour Arena 7:30 pm start time.
Miners go 0/5 on the PP and 2 mistakes cost them in this game.
Norseman Inn 3 stars
- #35 Brock Lefebvre – Thief River Falls Norskies
- #12 Michael DiLullo – English River Miners
- #22 Mitchell Soderberg – Thief River Falls Norskies.