RED LAKE, Ont. – The Thunder Bay North Stars hung on Friday night to earn their first win of the Superior International Junior Hockey League season.
The visiting Stars burst out to a 4-0 lead over the host Red Lake Miners, but gave up three straight in the second and third and clung to a 5-4 advantage until Nolan Desjardins netted his second of the night, and fifth of the season, to make the final 6-4.
William Demkiw, Hunter Foreshew, Nicolas Dittrich and Dawson Lampi also scored for the North Stars (1-1-0).
Brady Harroun, with a pair, Ryan Howe and Nic Bolin had the tallies for the Miners.
Conner Lemieux made 24 stops to earn the victory in nets for Thunder Bay, while Dylan Barton and Cole Wheaton split duties in the Red Lake net, combining for 21 saves on 27 shots.
The Stars travel to Dryden on Saturday night for the Truth and Reconciliation Game, featuring former NHLers Reggie and Jamie Leach. The Ice Dogs are coming off a 9-2 win over Fort Frances on Friday night. Cameron Ware had a hat trick for Dryden, while Maxime Collette scored twice and added a pair of helpers.
In other SIJHL play, Wisconsin edged Thief River Falls by a 2-1 count.