SIJHL Week 22 Preview

All seven teams are featured in eleven week 22 games.

League: 156-136-20 .532, Goals 1,148, GPG 3.68, PIMs 6,460, PIM/G 20.7, PP 18.3 PK 81.7 SHG 53

Tue Feb 28

Red Lake 19-20-5 .489 5th, GF 151 GA 166 -15, PIMs 799, PP 13.4 PK 81.4 @ Sioux Lookout 24-16-3 .593 4th, GF 166 GA 131 +35, PIMs 959, PP 18.1 PK 81.3

Red Lake is 2-3-1, Sioux Lookout is 4-2-0 head-to head.

Red Lake dipped below .500 during their recent winless streak. They’re 1-8-1 in their last 10.

Jacob Lamoureux continues to sizzle. The Sherwood Park, AB native has 32 goals to lead the SIJHL–five more than Ryder McMillen of Wisconsin. At 44 points he’s 6th in production. Colton Crysler is second in team scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists. Aiden Corbett’s 40 points in 40 games makes him one of 14 players still at the point-a-game level. Matthew MacPherson (9-18-27) and defenceman Dayvan Bull (5-22-27) squeak into the top-40 at 39 and 40.

 Jack Osmond is the man in net, having played 31 of the 44 Red Lake games. Osmond is 15-12-2 with a .923 SV% in 1,795 minutes. Trent Boryszczuk is the back-up.

The Miners have three games left against the Bombers–two are postponements from February 3 and 4.

Sioux Lookout is 4-4-2 in their last 10. They are one point behind Thunder Bay in the battle for third place, with three games in hand.

The Bombers are the second most penalized team in the league at 22.3 minutes per game.

Ty Bahm’s 47 points places him 5th in league production. Blake Burke (21-19-40) and Owen Riffel (18-18-36) are in the top-20. Riffel has missed the last three games.

Lucas Trimarchi (13-21-34), Connor Burke (13-19-32) and Tegan Neuman (9-22-31) are in the top-27. Nathan Dann has 20 points in 24 games.

Jake Manners holds two of the three triple crown goalie stats in the SIJHL. He leads in goals against average (2.49) and save percentage (.930). His 19 wins are five behind Eric Vanska’s 24 for Kam River. He leads the league in time on ice with 1,974 minutes.

Ethan Penner is 3-3-0 in the back-up role.

Sioux Lookout’s next four games are at home.  

Wed Mar 1

Fort Frances 9-35-0 .205 7th, GF 117 GA 260 -143, PIMs 806, PP 18.0 PK 68.9          @ Kam River 34-8-1 .802 1st, GF 186 GA 117 +69, PIMs 925, PP 17.9 PK 86.4   

Fort Frances is 0-7-0, Kam River is 7-0-0 head-to-head.  

Fort Frances’ modest two-game winning streak was snapped. They’re 3-7-0 in their last 10. The Lakers do not have a single overtime or shootout loss this season.

Fort Frances’ penalty kill slowly inches up to 70 per cent. It’s currently 68.9.

Ryker Watt has cracked the top-20 in scoring with a 19-17 goal-assist total. At 118 penalty minutes he’s one of five players above the century mark. 

Kevin Bond (15-13-28) and Brady Krentz (10-17-27) are in the top-40.

Trever Sanderson, Clark Scaddan and Dylan Wedward are north of 20 points on the season.

20-year-old Brenden Stroble has wrestled his GAA down to 5.73 as the team’s primary goaltender. Ryan Tanner serves as back-up. 

Kam River is 9-1-0 in their last 10, six points up on second-place Dryden with three games in hand. They lead the SI in goals per game, 4.33, and goals allowed per game, 2.72. Their penalty kill is first at 86.4%. Their .802 winning percentage will likely keep them in CJHL rankings.

Jeremy Dunmore leads the offense with 48 points. Dunmore’s last pointless game was December 3rd. His 18 goals tie him with defenceman Jack Cook. The Walleye, despite leading the league in GPG, do not have a 20-goal man yet. Cook has 43 points. Ethan Lang (13-29-42) and rookie Max Leduc (14-20-34) are in the top-20. Ryan Doucette (10-20-30 in 31 games), Euan Morrison (9-21-30) and Anthony Oviedo round out a balanced attack. 

Eric Vanska is 24-5-1 in the crease with 2.72 GAA and .921 SV%. Jack Orchard gives them a top tandem with his 9-3-0/2.31/.914 slash line.  

Wed Mar 1

Thunder Bay 24-18-4 .565 3rd, GF 156 GA 141 +15, PIMs 905, PP 17.0 PK 85.9 @ Dryden  31-14-1 .685 2nd, GF 195 GA 132 +63, PIMs 1,373, PP 24.2 PK 85.4

Thunder Bay is 2-5-1, Dryden is 6-2-0 head-to head.

Thunder Bay’s 7-3-0 skein places them in third place, a point ahead of Sioux Lookout. They’ve gone from having the least games played to being tied with Dryden and Wisconsin for the most.

Edison Weeks is third in league scoring with 50 points, on 22 goals and 28 helpers. Defenceman Matt Halushak has 11 goals and 28 points, one point ahead Dylan Winsor and Colby Feist.

Dimitri Trahiotis has four game winners among his 14 goals. Nikolas Campbell has 13 goals and 11 assists in 20 games and Jamie Fuchs has 22 points in 20 contests.

Thunder Bay is the only team in the SIJHL that has two qualified goalies. Conner Lemieux is 12-9-3 in 1,389 minutes while Keenan Marks is 12-5-1 in 1,163. Jero Rossi has been on hand recently to back up Marks as Lemieux has not played since February 13th.

Thunder Bay’s penalty kill is second in the league and their powerplay has perked up recently as well.

Dryden is 6-4-0 in their last 10. Their two game losing streak kept them from making up ground on Kam River. 

The Ice Dogs are five goals away from cracking 200 on the season. They have four players in top-20, and another five crammed into the 21-30 spots.

Landen Stromme (22-20-42), James Hooton (24-16-40), Bryce Benfield (17-23-40) and Brady Frattinger (20-17-37) are complemented by Max Roby (17-14-31 in 29 games with 136 PIM), Jordan Pfoh (15-16-31), Ryland Maier (12-19-31) and defenceman Easton Debray (9-21-30). 

There are no easy games against Dryden as their 1,373 penalty minutes would suggest.

Eric Clark has a 20-11-1/2.82/.910 stat line. Zac MacDonald is 10-3-0 in 17 games, just 61 minutes shy of the 840 minutes he needs to be in the “qualified goalies” section.

Dryden finishes their season with a doubleheader against Kam River on March 17 and 18 in Kam River. Get your tickets early.   

Thu Mar 2

Wisconsin 15-25-6 .391 6th, GF 177 GA 201 -24,PIMs 693, PP 19.2 PK 78.9 @ Sioux Lookout

Wisconsin is 0-6-0, Sioux Lookout is 6-0-0 head-to-head.

Wisconsin has the two leading scorers in the league. Ryder McMillen has 65 points on 27 goals, 38 assists and a 1.63 PPG rating. Defenceman Zach Carson has 12 powerplay goals among his 24, and has 31 assists. Dillon Phillips and Sal Poggiali are at 42 and 41 points respectively. Defenceman Dylan Jouppi has 27 assists and 29 points and Conner McClure has 28 points.

Conner’s twin brother Cooper has 16 points in 14 games.

Kyler Lowden has a 12-14-5 record in 32 games. Lowden’s 1,843 minutes are third in the league.

Wisconsin has the second best powerplay in the league at 19.2 per cent. They are the least penalized team at 15.1 minutes per game. 

Fri/Sat Mar 3/4

Wisconsin @ Dryden

Dryden is 5-2-0, Wisconsin is 2-4-1 head-to-head.

Fri/Sat Mar 3/4

Kam River @ Sioux Lookout

Kam River is 4-3-0, Sioux Lookout is 3-4-0 head-to-head.

Fort Frances @ Thunder Bay, Sat/Sun Mar 4/5 (Afternoon Games)

Thunder Bay is 6-1-0, Fort Frances is 1-6-0 head to head. Both of these games are 1:30 starts.

Kam River @ Red Lake, Sun Mar 5

Kam River is 4-1-1, Red Lake is 2-3-1 head-to-head.