Thunder Bay Kings Win in Shootout in Blaine

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BLAINE, Minn. – The Thunder Bay major midget Kings got a goal from Zach Fortin in regulation and also the only one in the shootout as they pulled out a 3-2 win Thursday in North American Prospects Hockey League play at the Schwan Super Rinks in Blaine, Minn.

Minnesota picked up the night’s opening tally 12:49 into the contest as Walker Smith’s effort eluded Thunder Bay netminder Jordan Smith.

Action in the middle stanza saw it stay 1-0 Magicians until the latter stages of the period Zach Fortin drew Thunder Bay level with 4:15 left in the frame.

However Minnesota came right back 25 seconds later to regain the lead thanks to Ben Swanson.

Countering, the Kings struck less than a minute later to level the proceedings once more when Jacob Anttonen notched his first goal in NAPHL play.

After a scoreless third and OT session it was Thunder Bay that prevailed in extra shots as Fortin supplied the lone tally in the shootout to give his side the victory.

Shots on goal in the contest were 29 apiece with Smith picking up the triumph while Jack Branby suffered the loss.

The U-18 Kings are back at it 6 p.m. Friday as they take on MHA Michigan back in Blaine.

All NAPHL games are streamed online at HockeyTV.com.

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