Interim head coach Brenden Gust has his first win as bench boss of the Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. And it came at the expense of the Norskies’ American rivals, the Wisconsin Lumberjacks.
As the only teams currently active in the SIJHL because of the Ontario government shutdown relative to the Omicron virus, Thief River Falls and Wisconsin faced off for the second time in as many nights on Wednesday. And after gaining a point from a 3-2 shootout loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday, Thief River Falls rebounded with a 5-2 win on Wednesday.
The game was the fourth for Gust as interim head coach in Thief River Falls and boosted his record to 1-2-1 since taking over the Norskies bench duties in early December.
In the 5-2 win over Wisconsin, Brandon Kelley, J.J. Martin and Parker Sunderland all collected one goal and one assist and Alan Yu dished out three assists in support of goalie Sean Guerin, who made 37 saves in the Thief River Falls net.
Thief River Falls remains in sixth place in the seven member SIJHL and now has nine points from a record of 4-14-1 with seven games in hand on fifth seed Wisconsin, which has 15 points from a record of 7-18-1.