Miners Win First Home Game Of 2022

Photo by Patrick Boucha

84 Days after the last SIJHL game played at the Cochenour Arena the Red Lake Miners hosted the road weary Wisconsin Lumberjacks to open up the second half of the SIJHL season.  Wisconsin tried to beat the imminent weather leaving Spooner Friday night and travelled through the night to get to Red Lake safely in time for the game. Kyler Lowden would get the start for the visiting Lumberjacks while fresh off a win in Thunder Bay JaxsonTaupert made his second straight start for the Miners.

The Miners would get an early jump in pressure in the first period with a few scoring opportunities before Nic Bolin would pick off a pass and beat Lowden for a shorthanded goal, his 17th of the season at 9:28.  Ryan Hunter’s 18th of the season at 14:15 would make it   2-0 Miners and the score would remain the same for the rest of the period.  After 20 minutes the Miners outshot the Lumberjacks 15-7.

Miners captain would open the second period scoring at 2:06 with his 9th.  48 seconds later Noah Kramps made it 4-0 with his 8th.  Ryan Hunter’s 19th on the power play and Ethan Pool’s 5th would make it 6-0 Miners after 40 minutes of play.  Miners held the edge in shots 13-9 in the second period and that would be the end of the night for Lowden.

Charles Beehler would open the third period in net for the Lumberjacks but was given no breaks from the Miners.   Kramps (9), Harroun(14) and Baranesky(23) would score for the home team in the first 5 minutes of the period. Jake McCall would get the visitors on the scoreboard at 5:16 with his 5th of the season.  Pool(6), Harroun(15) and Baranesky(24) would score for the Miners before Ryan Hunter would finish off his Hat Trick with a penalty shot marker.  This would be Hunters 20th goal in just 16 games as a Miner.  Miners outshot the Lumberjacks 22-7 in the period and 50-23 for the night in a 13-1 win.  Jaxson Taupert stopped 22 of 23 shots for his 5th win.