THUNDER BAY -SIJHL Hockey – Minnesota Wilderness forward Joseph Drapluk dished out two assists, including setting up the game-winner, helping Team West defeat Team East 5-0 in game one of the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Prospects event at Digby Arena in Digby, Nova Scotia.
SIJHL Hockey – Minnesota Wilderness
Guiding the West to the victory behind the bench was Wilderness head coach and general manager Rod Aldoff who is serving as head coach of the squad.
After a scoreless opening period Drapluk fed Sean McTavish of the Sherwood Park Crusaders of Alberta for a pair of tallies to send the West on their way.
Ryan Berlin (Whitecourt, AJHL) , Andrew Taverner (Sherwood Park, AJHL) and Dante Hahn (Victoria, BCHL) notched the other markers in the triumph with Marc-Olivier Daigle (Drayton Valley, AJHL) and Ty Edmonds (Virden, MJHL) combining for the shutout.
Shots on favoured favoured the East by a 30-29 margin.
The second of the two-game, total goal series goes Sunday at Mariner’s Centre in Yarmouth, N.S. and features a 2 p.m. AT start.