Big game for Bond as Iron Rangers edge Miners




Release Date: Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015

Big game for Bond as Iron Rangers edge Miners

EAR FALLS, Ont. – Jackson Bond scored three times in regulation and once more in a lengthy shootout as the Minnesota Iron Rangers withstood a late rally to defeat the English River Miners 5-4 Sunday afternoon in a Superior International Junior Hockey League matinee Sunday at Ear Falls Arena.

Minnesota struck first in this one as Bond connected on an early man advantage opportunity three minutes into the contest.

English River did answer that at 12:06 of the period thanks to Konnar Dechaine’s first SIJHL goal to level the proceedings through one.

Bond made it 2-1 for the visitors 47 seconds into the next period and then capped off his hat trick at 5:20 of the frame.

English River drew to within one midway through the second stanza as Dechaine added another during a power play chance.

Minnesota would restore their two-tally cushion at 13:45 of the frame when Matt Irwin found the back of the net against Miners’ netminder Korlan Vader.

Battling back in the third, English River got goals from Landen Matechuk 31 seconds into the period before Brandon Schaber forced extra time with his second of the season at 6:30.

After a scoreless five-minute OT, extra shots were required to determine a winner and see which side would get the extra point in the contest.

In the initial round of the shootout both Bond and the Miners’ Ryker Moreau scored for their respective sides.

Facing additional shooters, it went another four players per team before it ended with Minnesota’s Dalton Johnson notching the decider to help his club cap off a 3-0 weekend.

Bryce Kamenick made 36 saves to record the victory in his first SIJHL start for the Iron Rangers.

Vader was equally as solid in his league debut stopping 41 shots in a game that saw English River slip to 0-1-2 early in the campaign.