Road to the RBC Cup: Superior International Junior Hockey League
March 15, 2013
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PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
4) Thunder Bay North Stars vs. 5) Minnesota Iron Rangers

1) Minnesota Wilderness vs. winner of Thunder Bay-Minnesota
2) Fort Frances Lakers vs. 3) Dryden Ice Dogs

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-OTL)
Minnesota Wilderness – 104 points (51-3-2)
Fort Frances – 73 points (35-18-3)
Dryden – 59 points (28-25-3)
Thunder Bay – 57 points (28-27-1)
Minnesota Iron Rangers – 54 points (26-28-2)

LEADING SCORERS
Mike Dietrich (Minnesota Wilderness) – 28G 49A 77P
Jake Larson (Minnesota Wilderness) – 44G 28A 72P
Jordan Christianson (Fort Frances) – 22G 49A 71P
Chris Bellhumeur (Dryden) – 33G 33A 66P
Jordan Shockley (Minnesota Wilderness) – 20G 39A 59P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Gordy Defiel (Minnesota Wilderness) – 25-1-2 8SO 1.39GAA .945SV%
JoJo Jeanetta (Minnesota Wilderness) – 22-2-0 5SO 1.79GAA .937SV%
Talor Joseph (Fort Frances) – 10-2-0 0SO 2.74GAA .913SV%
Tanner Hamilton (Fort Frances) – 12-7-2 1SO 3.12GAA .896SV%
Jameson Shortreed (Fort Frances) – 8-7-0 0SO 3.15GAA .897SV%

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2006 (Fort William North Stars – 4th place)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
1 (2006)

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
none (best finish: 4th place – Fort William North Stars, 2006)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
none

TOP REGULAR SEASON TEAM – MINNESOTA WILDERNESS
In most years, winning 35 times in 56 games is enough to at least compete for first place in the SIJHL. Except this year. Fort Frances’ 35-18-3 record helped it to second place, although it was a ridiculous 31 points behind the Wilderness, who set league records for wins and points in a year, finishing 51-3-2 for 104 points. Minnesota rattled off 18 consecutive wins from Oct. 26 to Dec. 23, and followed that up with a 17-game run from Jan. 11 to Feb. 26. The Wilderness dominated at both ends of the ice, scoring 282 goals while allowing just 85, both of which were far and away the best numbers in the SIJHL. Gordy Defiel and JoJo Jeanetta were a dynamic duo in the Minnesota goal; they finished one-two in the league in wins (25 and 22), goals-against average (1.39 and 1.79), save percentage (.945 and .937) and shutouts (eight and five). Mike Dietrich won the SIJHL scoring title with 77 points (28 goals, 49 assists), the first of eight Wilderness skaters in the top 20.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
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