Kam River surges into second

November 7, 2021

Make that six successive wins. And with it, a move into second place in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League standings for the surging Kam River Fighting Walleye.

A 3-2 win over Dryden on Saturday followed a 2-1 decision over the same Ice Dogs on Friday and thus, six victories in a row for Kam River, which now has a record of 8-2-1.

The weekend sweep by Kam River over Dryden coincided with the Thunder Bay North Stars losing back to back road games to the first place Red Lake Miners to slip from second place to third spot behind the Fighting Walleye.

Thus, the top four teams in the seven member SIJHL are now Red Lake (10-2-1, 21 points), Kam River (8-2-1, 17 points), Thunder Bay (8-6-0, 16 points) and Dryden (6-8-1, 13 points.)

Up next are the Wisconsin Lumberjacks (5-8-1, 11 points), Thief River Falls Norskies (2-4-0, 4 points) and Fort Frances Lakers (2-7-0, 4 points.)


The newest member of the SIJHL and well put together by reputable general manager Kevin McCallum, the fresh water Fighting Walleye of Kam River is making a splash with its six game winning streak and, as of now, sole possession of second place.

And not only has Kam River overtaken crosstown rival Thunder Bay for second place heading into the next weekend of play but the 8-2-1 Fighting Walleye has three games in hand on the 8-6-0 North Stars. Kam River also has two games in hand on first place Red Lake.

No less than five players have 10 points or more for Kam River through its 11 games played. Alex Enegren is the Fighting Walleye scoring leader withe five goals, eight assists, 13 points followed by captain and defenseman Zach Fortin with 1-11-12 totals, Ethan Lang at 6-5-11, Trenton Morriseau at 4-6-10 and Jeremy Dunmore at 3-7-10.

And notably, Tyler Ralph has four goals in only five games.

In the net, Kam River has a winning one-two tandem that coach Matt Valley can call on. Austin Madge has a record of 5-1-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and .944 save percentage while Eric Vanska has 3-1-1, 2.79 and .926 numbers.

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  1. Out of the 28 players on the Walleye roster 14 are from Thunder Bay and Fort William Reserve. Many of them are products of the Thunder Bay Kings program.

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