It began 2022 the way it ended 2021. With another victory. Three goals in the third period lifted the Kam River Fighting Walleye to its 13th successive win as the Superior International Jr. Hockey League resumed regular season play on Friday.
Playing at home, Trenton Morriseau and Ethan Lang netted two goals apiece and Alex Enegren, Carson Gorst and defenseman Zach Fortin twined solo tallies as the Fighting Walleye swamped its arch-rival Thunder Bay North Stars by a 7-4 margin.
The Fighting Walleye outshot the North Stars 59-37 and shrugged off the rust of almost two months without game activity. Kam River players had stayed active during the Ontario government shutdown relative to the Omicron variant by practising on outdoor rinks in the Thunder Bay area.
Former Kam River defenseman Brad Fortier had two goals to spark Thunder Bay, which trailed 5-4 early in the third period before the Fighting Walleye replied with a two-goal surge to close out the triumph over its nasty cross-town foes.
With the win, Kam River improved its first-place standing in the SIJHL to 47 points from a record of 23-3-1.
Thunder Bay remains tied for third spot and now has a record of 15-8-3 for 33 points.