It was their first game action since December 11, a month to the day. And despite that and having only 14 skaters in the lineup, the Thief River Falls Norskies took the fully manned Wisconsin Lumberjacks through three periods and overtime before losing in a shootout.
A 3-2 loss to Wisconsin did earn Thief River Falls a point in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League standings and nudged the Norskies record to 3-14-1. The sixth seed Norskies are now three points up on the last-place Fort Frances Lakers with three games in hand.
Getting back to Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Wisconsin, Thief River Falls was outshot 45-21 but was able to stay close throughout thanks in large part to 19-year goalie Sean Guerin, who made 42 saves.