In their seventh season competing in the Superior International Junior Hockey League the Red Lake Miners are hoping to make it their best yet. A 2019 SIJHL Finalist, the Miners (19-10-3-1) are currently just five points back of the league leading Thunder Bay North Stars (22-9-3-0) with a game at-hand.
With the recent CJHL roster deadline Red Lake were comfortable with the roster they had, making just one acquisition compared to the North Stars three. With that one addition the Miners hope they have added a piece to a championship roster in Bryce Krauter. Already with 89 CJHL games experience, the 19-year old Krauter was acquired from the Winkler Flyers for a PDF.
In 36 MJHL games this season Krauter has eight goals and 20 points. A Winnipeg native, he previously played with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines (MJHL) and Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL).
Krauter joins an already balanced scoring Miners roster led by rookie forward Ryan Howe with 37 points. Second year forward Ethan Stuckless (13 goals, 18 assists) is on pace to surpass his 42 points last season. Veteran Morgan Venne and rookie Jordan Baranesky of Red Lake lead the team with 14 goals each.
In net for the Miners is SIJHL leading Zach Willms (16-5-3-1) who has a league-best 2.80 GAA and .929 save%.
With just two more matchups with the North Stars the championship will come down to games against the rest of the league. That begins this week with a three-game homestand starting Tuesday against the Dryden Ice Dogs (17-12-2-0). Thursday the Thief River Falls Norskies (16-13-2-0) arrive to Red Lake before ending the week with a matchup against Fort Frances Lakers (13-16-2-0) on Saturday.
— Ludwig Media (@Ludwig_Media) January 12, 2020