Norskies stun Lakers in SIJHL debut

Photo credit: Clint Bruyere



Release Date: Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Photo credit: Clint Bruyere

Norskies stun Lakers in SIJHL debut

FORT FRANCES, Ont. – The Thief River Falls Norskies got 33 saves from goaltender Ryan Buttazzoni and went on to score four unanswered goals to shock the defending Superior International Junior Hockey League champion Fort Frances Lakers 4-2 Friday in their inaugural game, which was held at Ice for Kids Arena.

Fort Frances opened the scoring 14:04 of the first period as Ian Jarvis collected his first SIJHL goal.

The power play allowed the Lakers to go up by two early in the middle stanza as Dylan Kooner blasted one home during a man advantage opportunity.

Thief River Falls then made history notching their initial league tally 6:02 into the second compliments of Peter Grytdahl.

The Norskies then levelled the proceedings six and a half minutes later on a Keaton Huot effort.

Heading into the third, it was the visitors who kept coming when Connor Schuster supplied the eventual game-winner with 12:20 to go.

Thief River Falls got some insurance late in the contest as Tyler Chaupsky rounded out the scoring at 17:19.

Brandon Bodnar faced 30 shots in a losing cause for Fort Frances.