North Stars skate to 8th consecutive victory




Release Date: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

North Stars skate to 8th consecutive victory

EAR FALLS, Ont. – The Thunder Bay North Stars got a goal and three assists from their captain Kenny Turner as they rallied to defeat the English River Miners 5-3 Sunday afternoon in a Superior International Junior Hockey League matinee at Ear Falls Arena.

English River did get off to a good start in this one grabbing a 2-0 lead after one period of play on markers by Alex Maticic at 3:37 and Konnar Dechaine’s 20th of the season four minutes later.

Thunder Bay stormed back in the middle session striking four times to gain the upper hand.

Turner got the North Stars on the board at 6:08 of the session before Aaron Wesley-Chisel tied it midway through the frame.

Nicholas Nigro’s 21st tally in 2015-16 gave the visitors their first lead at 13:04 while Kris Hamlin notched the eventaul game-winner, via the power play, with 94 seconds left in the session.

The Miners pulled to within one 6:25 into the third on a man advantage effort courtesy of Nash Dabb.

Jake Robinson supplied some insurance for the North Stars with 10:46 remaining to round out the scoring.

With his goal and assist, Nigro now has points in nine straight outings for Thunder Bay while Turner and Brad Arabia have got themselves on the score sheet in eight games in succession.

Eric Mann was tested 30 times for the Stars and picked up the win helping them extend their win streak and improve to 19-16-0-2 overall

Reid Kilburn made 37 stops in defeat for the Miners as they fell to 8-24-1-4.

SIJHL action resumes Wednesday as English River travels to take on the Minnesota Iron Rangers in a 7 p.m. start at Hoyt Lakes Arena.

The same two teams will also tangle once again in Hoyt Lakes Thursday in another 7 p.m. start.