SIJHL announces preseason schedule



Release Date: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

SIJHL announces preseason schedule

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday its preseason schedule heading into the 2017-18 campaign.

There are presently 10 contests on the league’s exhibition slate with preseason action set to begin on Friday, Sept. 8 as the Fort Frances Lakers host the Minnesota Iron Rangers while the Thief River Falls Norskies travel to Manitoba to take on the Winkler Flyers (MJHL) in a pair of 7:30 p.m. CT starts.

Winkler and Thief River Falls will then finish off a home-and-home set the following evening at Ralph Engelstad Arena at 7 p.m. CT.

Sunday, Sept. 10 has the Norskies welcoming the Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) in a 3:30 p.m. CT matinee at The Ralph.

Two more tilts are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13 as the Lakers head to Hoyt Lakes Arena to tangle with the Iron Rangers at 7 p.m. while Thief River Falls will be off to Selkirk, Man., for a 7:30 p.m. encounter vs. the Steelers at the Selkirk Rec. Complex.

A SIJHL neutral-site affair has the Iron Rangers and Norskies squaring off in Crookston, Minn., at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 while the Lakers entertain the English River Miners at Ice for Kids Arena at 7:30 p.m. on that same date.

Preseason play then wraps up Sept. 16 as Minnesota and Thief River Falls play once more at the Crookston Sports Center at 7 p.m. CT and English River welcomes Fort Frances to Cochenour Arena in a 7:30 p.m. start.

Any further SIJHL exhibition contests will be announced when and if they are finalized.

The SIJHL’s regular season begins Sept. 22.

The following is the league’s preseason schedule: (As of Aug. 22)

2017 SIJHL preseason schedule
Friday, Sept. 8 Minnesota Iron Rangers Fort Frances Lakers 7:30 p.m. Ice For Kids Arena
Friday, Sept. 8 Thief River Falls Norskies Winkler Flyers (MJHL) 7:30 p.m. Winkler Rec. Complex
Saturday, Sept. 9 Winkler Flyers (MJHL) Thief River Falls Norskies 7 p.m. Ralph Engelstad Arena
Sunday, Sept. 10 Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) Thief River Falls Norskies 3:30 p.m. Ralph Engelstad Arena
Wednesday, Sept. 13 Fort Frances Lakers Minnesota Iron Rangers 7 p.m. Hoyt Lakes Arena
Wednesday, Sept. 13 Thief River Falls Norskies Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) 7:30 p.m. Selkirk Rec. Complex
Friday, Sept. 15 Minnesota Iron Rangers Thief River Falls Norskies 7 p.m. Crookston Sports Center
Friday, Sept. 15 English River Miners Fort Frances Lakers 7:30 p.m. Ice For Kids Arena
Saturday, Sept. 16 Minnesota Iron Rangers Thief River Falls Norskies 7 p.m. Crookston Sports Center
Saturday, Sept. 16 Fort Frances Lakers English River Miners 7:30 p.m. Cochenour Arena
Dates/Times subject to change