Red Lake picks up weekend split in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – A Skylar Tremblay attempt from long range would provide him his initial Superior International Junior Hockey League tally, which also held up as the game-winner as the Red Lake Miners went on to defeat the Thunder Bay North Stars 4-1 Saturday at the Fort William Gardens.

After a scoreless first frame, Red Lake would open the scoring early in the second stanza off a face off win when Carson Lux let a high-rising attempt go from the right point that found its way through a maze and hit the back of the net.

Up a skater, Thunder Bay drew level at 7:50 with Nikolas Campbell leaving the puck for Cody Bruchkowksi, who promptly snapped in his league-leading 34th to level the proceedings.

Coming right back, the Miners regained the lead a couple of shifts later as Tremblay’s harmless looking shot from just outside the North Stars blueline fooled Thunder Bay starter Dylan Kosik, who was making his debut with his new club after being acquired from the Fort Frances Lakers on Friday.

The visitors added to their lead with just under nine minutes remaining in regulation with Noah Kwasny finishing off a cross-ice feed from Ethan Stuckless from close range.

They then secured the road victory in the final minute as Jordan Baranesky rounded out the scoring with a late empty netter.

Miners’ netminder Zach Willms turned in a solid 43-save effort to record the win.

Kosik allowed three against on 25 chances in defeat for Thunder Bay as the two teams finished with a triumph apiece in the two-game weekend set.

Photo credit: Gary Moskalyk