Norskies edge Lakers 2-1

Prior to the start of Wednesday night’s SIJHL contest between hometown Thief River Falls Norskies and the Fort Frances Lakers, Buffalo Sabres head coach & Hockey Hall of Fame Honured Member Phil Housley performed the ceremonial face-off.
Housley’s son Wilson is a former player in the league and is in his first year as head coach of the Norskies. TRF went on to edge the Lakers 2-1. Photo: Tim Benton

An Alec Severson goal with three and a half minutes remaining in the second period proved to be the game-winner as the Thief River Falls Norskies went on to edge the Fort Frances Lakers 2-1 in Superior International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday evening at Ralph Englestad Arena.

The hometown Norskies would open the night’s scoring nearly eight minutes into the first period on Bryce Johnson’s 13th of the season.

Thief River Falls also picked up the lone marker of the middle session as Severson’s seventh of 2018-19 in the latter stages of the stanza would eventually hold up as the difference maker.

Heading to the third, Fort Frances got on the board at 6:31 thanks to Jakob Ruck, who notched his first SIJHL tally.

However, the hosts tightened up defensively from there to hold on for the home ice victory.

Norskies goalkeeper Bailey Schmitz finished with 22 stops on the night to pick up the win while Lakers’ starter Jacob Gnidziejko saw 33 shots fired his way in a narrow defeat.

Photo credit: Tim Benton