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Road to the RBC Cup: Superior International Junior Hockey League
March 14, 2014
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PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
1) Fort Frances Lakers vs. 2) Thunder Bay North Stars (two-game, total-goal series)
3) Minnesota Iron Rangers vs. 6) Wisconsin Wilderness
4) English River Miners vs. 5) Dryden Ice Dogs

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-OTL)
Fort Frances – 96 points (46-6-4)
Thunder Bay – 85 points (40-11-5)
Minnesota – 78 points (36-14-6)
English River – 47 points (21-30-5)
Dryden – 47 points (21-30-5)
Wisconsin – 10 points (5-53-0)

LEADING SCORERS
Lucas Debenedet (Fort Frances) – 48G 64A 112P
Daniel Del Paggio (Thunder Bay) – 36G 69A 105P
Lyndon Lipinski (Fort Frances) – 39G 52A 91P
Mason Meyer (Fort Frances) – 40G 50A 90P
Zach Grzelewski (Thunder Bay) – 43G 36A 79P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Jordan Cartney (Fort Frances) – 24-4-1 2.48GAA .911SV% 3SO
Erick Majerle (Minnesota) – 16-7-1 2.88GAA .895SV% 0SO
Alex Reichle (Minnesota) – 18-8-4 2.91GAA .904SV% 1SO
Eric Mann (Thunder Bay) – 21-5-4 2.94GAA .909SV% 1SO
Nathanial Dupuis (Thunder Bay) – 16-6-0 3.16GAA .902SV% 2SO

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2013 (Minnesota Wilderness – fourth place)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
2 (2013, 2006)

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
none (best finish: fourth place – Minnesota Wilderness, 2013; Fort William North Stars, 2006)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
none

TOP REGULAR SEASON TEAM – FORT FRANCES LAKERS
For the first time in the franchise’s seven-year history, Fort Frances finished the season atop the SIJHL standings, thanks in large part to an impressive early season run. On Sept. 25, the Lakers were a game under .500, 1-2 on the season after a 7-6 shootout loss to Dryden. Two months later, after a 6-2 win over Wisconsin on Nov. 30, Fort Frances sat at 21-3; it ran off 15 straight victories, lost in a shootout, then added five more wins to pull away from the pack before Christmas. The Lakers were the SIJHL’s best at both ends of the rink, scoring 295 goals – 42 more than second-place Thunder Bay – and allowing just 150, 18 less than Minnesota. Not surprisingly, the top of the league scoring list was Fort Frances-heavy, with three Lakers – Lucas Debenedet (first, 112 points), Lyndon Lipinski (third, 91 points) and Mason Meyer (fourth, 90 points) – in the top four. In goal, Jordan Cartney led the way among goaltenders that played at least 1,000 minutes, topping the league in goals-against average (2.48), save percentage (.911), wins (24) and shutouts (three).

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