Thunder Bay wins 6th straight with triumph over Fort Frances

FORT FRANCES, Ont. – The Thunder Bay North Stars used a well-balanced attack getting goals from seven different skaters Friday to win their sixth Superior International Junior Hockey League game in a row as they defeated the Fort Frances Lakers 7-3 at Ice for Kids Arena.

Thunder Bay started strong in this one grabbing a 2-0 lead after one period of play on markers from Alex Leonidis and Keighan Gerrie, who scored for a fourth straight outing.

Fort Frances countered in the middle stanza however as they tacked on two of their own courtesy of Noah Loveday and Christian Ward to knot the affair at 2-2 before the session was 10 minutes old.

The North Stars regrouped from there though and struck for four unanswered tallies in the back half of the frame to take control.

Avery Siau started the offensive outburst with a shorthanded effort at 11:23 before Kyle Auger notched the eventual game-winner a couple of shifts later.

Thunder Bay kept coming and tacked on two more before the period was complete thanks to Joe Newhouse and Troy Sherman.

Brendan Gillis then added to the North Stars cushion at 15:30 of the third before the Lakers’ Jaedin Ness rounded out the scoring in the late going.

Brandon Bodnar made 30 saves to record the win for Thunder Bay while Ismael Ralsten faced 45 shots in a losing cause for Fort Frances.

Photo credit: Jamie Mountain, Fort Frances Times