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Miners advance with Game 5 win

Red Lake will take on top-seeded Kam River in the opening round of the playoffs.
Sam Skillestad (left) sent Monday night's Game 3 to overtime with a goal coming at the 19:46 mark of the third, erasing the second-period lead Red Lake's Luke Decorby in the process. The Miners would go on to win the game 5-4. (Leith Dunick,

DRYDEN – The Red Lake Miners have advanced into the second round of the Superior International Junior Hockey League playoffs.

The Miners scored three unanswered goals in the second and third periods on Monday night and downed the Dryden Ice Dogs 3-1 in Game 5 of their best-of-seven opening-round series, eliminating their opponent 4-1.

Luke DeCorby, Ryker Watt and Noah Tenney scored for the Miners, who matched the Ice Dogs with 30 shots on net.

Carson Devine had the lone goal for Dryden, opening the scoring at 1:42 of the second period.

The Miners will take on the Kam River Fighting Walleye, the SIJHL’s defending champions, in Round 2, which is expected to get under way later this week at the Norwest Arena in Oliver Paipoonge.

The Sioux Lookout Bombers have home-ice advantage in the other SIJHL semifinal, and will tangle with the Thunder Bay North Stars, the runner-up in 2022-23.

Their series is expected to start on Friday.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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