Thunder Bay wins 1st in handing Fort Frances 1st loss

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Release Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Thunder Bay wins 1st in handing Fort Frances 1st loss

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Thunder Bay North Stars got a pair of goals, including the game-winner, from Jake Robinson to win their first game of the season, a 6-3 triumph over the Fort Frances Lakers Wednesday in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at the Fort William Gardens.

Thunder Bay got off to a great start in this one getting on the board 55 seconds into the contest on a Brad Arabia marker.

Fort Frances tied in on the power midway through the opening period as Julian Uhryniuk scored on the power play in his first SIJHL game.

Robinson however put the North Stars up 2-1 on the next shift and the home side added to their lead a couple minutes later on a Kris Hamlin effort, which spelled an end to Lakers starter Pierce Dushenko’s night in favour of Brandon Bodnar.

The visitors pulled to within one 60 seconds into the middle stanza on Andrew Willner’s initial tally in the league only to see Robinson answer that with his second of the night at 5:04.

Thunder Bay’s Avery Siau’s third of the year made it 5-2 in the final frame while Jared Fanti gave the North Stars one more with a man advantage marker at 15:59.

Fort Frances got once back late on the power play from Dylan Robertson with 1:45 to go to round out the scoring.

Kenny Turner, Aaron Wesley-Chisel and Nicholas Nigro all had two assists apiece each for Thunder Bay in the win while Dylan Kooner did likewise in a losing cause for the Lakers.

Riley Corbin’s 39 saves earned himself the victory for Stars, who improved to 1-3-0-1.

Dushenko allowed three against on 13 shots while Bodnar suffered the loss in relief stopping 25 of 28 fired his way in nearly 48 minutes of work as Fort Frances lost for the first time this season falling to 3-1.