A pair of two-goal Thief River Falls leads turned into a Saturday night shoot-out loss as the Norskies dropped the second half of a two-game weekend Superior International Junior Hockey League series against visiting Thunder Bay 4-3.
Thief River Falls’ early-season 4-9 record includes an 0-2 showing in shoot-outs.
Thunder Bay forced overtime by scoring twice in a span of 2 minutes, 26 seconds late in the third period. Brendan Gillis made it 3-2 at 14:12 and Troy Scherman pulled the North Stars even at 16:38.
A 3-on-3 five-minute overtime failed to break the deadlock. Thunder Bay won the shoot-out 2-1 on a goal by Tyler Minoletti – the Stars’ fifth shooter in the opening five-man rotation.
Thunder Bay’s first shooter, Brad Arabia, also scored.
The only Thief River Falls shoot-out scorer was Alec Daman, the Norskies’ first shooter.
A power play goal by Arabia produced a 1-0 Thunder Bay first period lead.
Thief River Falls went ahead in the second period on goals by Keaton Huot and Daman – the first one just 69 seconds into the peirod and the second one coming while the Norskies skated shorthanded.
Logan Jackson scored at 7:24 of the third period to rebuild a two-goal Thief River Falls lead, 3-1.
Thanks to the weekend sweep, Thunder Bay mainted its hold on first place in the SIJHL standings with 25 points. Thief River Falls is fourth in the six-team league with 10 points.
The Norskies host the Minnesota Iron Rangers tonight (Wednesday) to finish a six-game homestand. They have a Friday rematch with the Iron Rangers in Hoyt Lakes, then head to Fort Frances Saturday.
First period – TB, Brad Arabia (Jake Robinson, Brad Thrower), 9:59.
Second period – TRF, Keaton Huot (Michael Johnson), 1:09; TRF, (Alec Daman), 6:41.
Third period – TRF, Logan Jackson (Huot, Johnson), 7:24; TB, Brendan Gillis (Jake Robinson, John Parrott), 14:12; TB, Troy Sherman, 16:38.
Overtime – no scoring.
Shoot-out goals – (TB) Brad Arabia, Tyler Minoletti; (TRF) Alec Daman.
Goalie saves – TRF, Ryan Buttazzoni 13-15-5-6–39; TB, Dan Demaria 12-8-11-2–33.
Penalties – TRF 9 (19 minutes); TB 7 (14 minutes).
Attendance – 437.