Thunder Bay slips past English River in a shootout


Photo credit: Gary Moskalyk, The Chronicle-Journal



Release Date: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015

Thunder Bay slips past English River in a shootout

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Brad Arabia had the lone goal in the shootout as the Thunder Bay North Stars slipped past the English River Miners 3-2 Saturday in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at the Fort William Gardens.

Alex Maticic gave the visitors the lead with a power play marker midway through the opening stanza.

Thunder Bay tied with a man advantage marker of their own with just 13 seconds left in the period.

The Miners went back in front early in the seconds as Landen Matechuk notched his 13th tally of the season at 1:33.

Nigro answered again for the North Stars potting the equalizer at 9:24 of the session.

It went scoreless the rest of the way, including a five-minute overtime sending the game to the shootout to decide a winner.

There Arabia beat English River goalkeeper Reid Kilburn with the only marker in extra shots to give Thunder Bay the second point on the night.

Riley Corbin made 35 saves, plus all three he faced in the shootout to pick-up the win for the North Stars.

Kilburn saw 32 shots fired his way in defeat helping the Miners earn a point in the standings.

The win for Thunder Bay was the first for interim head coach Darrin Nicholas, who replaced now former North Stars bench boss Gary Wenzel, who was let go by the club earlier in the day following a 6-11-0-2 start.