A weekend clean-up of the visiting Wisconsin Lumberjacks has lifted the Kam River Fighting Walleye into third place in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League standings.
Playing at home for the first time since its season opening match back on September 18, the Fighting Walleye cuffed the Lumberjacks by 7-0 and 6-1 scores to improve its record to 4-2-1 through seven games.
Kam River trails first-place Thunder Bay North Stars (8-2-0) and second-seed Red Lake Miners (7-2-1) in the standings but has three games in hand on both.
20-year old goalie Austin Madge back-stopped the Fighting Walleye to both of the weekend wins over Wisconsin, blocking 64 of 65 shots to improve his record to 3-1-0 with a 1.95 goals against average and .938 save percentage on the season.
Multiple players produced multiple points for Kam River in the weekend wins and Fighting Walleye general manager Kevin McCallum took note of the team work ethic.
“The boys worked hard this weekend for two big wins,” McCallum told Hockey News North. “It was nice to see some guys produce that were struggling a bit. We have a great dressing room right now and winning is contagious.
“Getting into a regular routine has helped us develop our 16 rookies that are in our lineup,” McCallum added. “Our affiliate players this weekend were an absolute pleasure to have and played great . (Defenseman) Brodie McLeod and (forwards) Owen Voortman and Luca Ricciardi have bright futures ahead of them and we look forward to seeing them in the lineup again down the road.”
Voortman and Ricciardi were both picked at the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft. Voortman went to the London Knights in the 11th round while Ricciardi was a 12th round pick of the Sudbury Wolves, both from the under 18 Thunder Bay Kings.