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SIJHL Norskies – Lakers

#LSN_Sports   Norskies vs Lakers

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – March 19, 2017  (LSN)  The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Sunday the game schedule for its upcoming first round quarter-final play-in series between the No. 4 seeded Thief River Falls Norskies and No. 5 Fort Frances Lakers.

This best-of-five affair will commence Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad Arena with Game 1.
The Norskies will also host Game 2 on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Switching venues, the series will then shift to Ice for Kids Arena in Fort Frances where Game 3 while be held on Friday and features another 7:30 p.m. start.

If necessary, Game 4 would be hosted by the Lakers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Should the match-up go the distance, a fifth and deciding contest is slated for Monday, March 27 back at the The Ralph in Thief River Falls at 7:30 p.m.
T
he winner will advance to league semifinal action where they’ll take on the No. 1 seeded Dryden GM Ice Dogs in a best-of-seven affair.
T
he No. 2 Thunder Bay North Stars will meet the No. 3 English River Miners in the other semifinal, which features another best-of-seven series.

From there, the two surviving squads will advance to the Bill Salonen Cup final, which is also a best-of-seven.
The SIJHL champion will move on to represent the league at the 2017 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A Championship, May 2-6, in Trenton, Ont.
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Joining the host Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) and the Bill Salonen Cup champion at the five-day event will be the winners from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and either the title holder or finalist from the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
S
hould Trenton prevail as OJHL Buckland Trophy champions, then the league finalist will also take part.
Awaiting the Dudley-Hewitt Cup victor will be a berth in the 2017 RBC Cup Canadian Jr. A Championship, May 13-21, in Cobourg, Ont.

The following is the SIJHL quarter-final series schedule between the Thief River Falls Norskies and Fort Frances Lakers:
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SIJHL quarter-final
No. 4 Thief River Falls Norskies vs. No. 5 Fort Frances Lakers
Best-of-five series
Game 1: Tuesday, March 21 @ Thief River Falls 7:30 p.m. (Ralph Engelstad Arena)
Game 2: Wednesday, March 22 @ Thief River Falls 7:30 p.m. (Ralph Engelstad Arena)
Game 3: Friday, March 24 @ Fort Frances 7:30 p.m. (Ice for Kids Arena)
Game 4*: Saturday, March 25 @ Fort Frances 7:30 p.m. (Ice for Kids Arena)
Game 5*: Monday, March 27 @ Thief River Falls 7:30 p.m. (Ralph Engelstad Arena)
*-if necessary

Photo By: Clint Bruyere.
January 13 game in Fort Frances between the Norskies and Lakers.

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