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Mignault's four-point night sparks Stars to victory

Thunder Bay snaps two-game slide with 6-3 road win over Red Lake.
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Thunder Bay's Ryan Mignault moves in on Minnesota goalie Tyler Thompson on Monday, March 19, 2018 in SIJHL playoff action at Fort WIlliam Gardens. (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – North Stars captain Ryan Mignault on Saturday night showed what it means to be a leader.

The veteran forward scored twice and added a pair of assists to help the Stars snap a rare two-game losing streak, his four-point effort the key factor in his team’s 6-3 road win over the Red Lake Miners.

Mignault, who leads the Stars with 27 goal, score the first and final goal of Thunder Bay’s four-goal third, scoring into the open net with 30 seconds to go to put the game away.

Defenceman Kyle Auger had a goal and two assists for Thunder Bay, giving him 10 goals and 45 points on the season.

Brendan Gillis scored the winner, beating Red Lake goaltender Vince Benedetto with 6:39 to go in regulation, snapping a 3-3 tie.

Red Lake (20-9-1) got a pair of goals from Bryce Young, the league’s leading scorer, giving him 35. Keegan Tiringer also scored for the second-place Miners and slipped five points behind the front-running Stars.

Maxime Fortin and Alex Erwin also had goals for Thunder Bay, who trailed 1-0 after one.

Brock Aiken made 19 saves to pick up the win. The North Stars fired 33 shots at Benedetto.

Next up at home for Thunder Bay (22-2-2) is a Sunday matinee against Dryden. They return to Fort William Gardens for a pair of home dates next Friday and Saturday against the Thief River Falls Norskies.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith has been the editor of Thunder Bay Source for 17 years and has served a similar role with since 2009. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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