Thunder Bay North Stars Special Teams Shine in Win

SIJHL North Stars Home Stand Feb 8,9,10

HOYT LAKES, Ont. – The Thunder Bay North Stars scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded to help them defeat the Minnesota Iron Rangers 5-1 Saturday evening in Superior International Junior Hockey League play at Hoyt Lakes Arena.

Down a man in the opening frame, Troy Sherman got Thunder Bay’s special teams going 7:45 into the contest.

The North Stars then converted on the power play three and a half minutes later as Nicholas Nigro beat Minnesota netminder Sean Angle, who was making his SIJHL debut.

Cole Thompson got one back for the Iron Rangers at 13:52 to make it a one-goal game after 20 minutes.

A pair of even strength efforts in the middle stanza allowed Thunder Bay to extend their lead as Brett Wolframe and Brad Thrower put the visitors up 4-1 heading into the third, which spelled an early end to Angle’s start in favour of Alex Burke the rest of the way.

In the final frame, the North Stars put it away compliments of Thrower’s second of the evening as he connected during a man advantage opportunity with 6:33 to go to round out the scoring.

Dan Demaria made 23 saves to record the win for Thunder Bay.

Angle allowed four against on 21 shots in a losing cause for Minnesota with Burke stopping 14 of 15 in relief.