Cross Lake loses first two KJHL road games

The Cross Lake Islanders lost a pair of Keystone Junior Hockey League games on the road Oct. 15-16, falling to the North Winnipeg Satelites and the Peguis Juniors in one-goal games.

Jordan Turney had the game-winner for the Satelites in Winnipeg Oct. 15, making it a 3-1 game with five minutes to go in the second period. Tyler Monias scored on a power play about three minutes later but that was as close as the Islanders would get as the teams played a scoreless third period. Sam Batt gave North Winnipeg its second lead of the game with a power play goal early in the second period after Nathan Jones opened the scoring for the Satelites 30 seconds into the first period. Tanner Poker tied it up with a power play goal for Cross Lake less than four minutes after the opening goal.

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Shots in the game were 32-26 for North Winnipeg and Islanders goaltender Tory Monias made 29 saves.

The Islanders fell one goal short in a comeback attempt against Peguis Oct. 16, getting goals from Poker and Monias in the last two-and-a-half minutes of the third period to whittle a three-goal Juniors lead down to just a single tally. Peguis had two goals earlier in the frame from Keesin Richard, one of them on the power play, after finishing the second period up 4-3.

The game was tied 3-3 midway through the second period when Quinton Scatch scored the second of back-to-back goals for Cross Lake less than a minute after Justin Dorion had made it a 3-2 Juniors advantage. Waylon Neault scored about a minute after Scatch to put Peguis back up by one.

Sam Spence opened scoring with a shorthanded goal for Peguis in the first period before Marcus Garrioch scored for Cross Lake and Spence’s second of the game made it 2-1 for the Juniors. 

The Islanders outshot Peguis 48-43 and got 37 saves from netminder Kris Wood-Ross.

The Norway House North Stars played their first game of the season in Opaskwayak Cree Nation Oct. 13, giving up seven third period goals in a 16-3 loss to the OCN Storm. Clinton Apetagon had the first goal of the game for Norway House when he scored on a power play 3:56 after the opening faceoff. Harley Muminawatum’s goal less than 10 minutes later made it a 2-2 game after the Storm replied to the opener with a pair of goals of their own. The North Stars last goal of the game was Muminawatum’s second, scored in the final minute of the second period.

Shots were 60-27 for OCN and Joel Monias made 44 saves for Norway House.

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