Thunder Bay leads the way

October 10, 2021

Riding the crest of a splashy seven game winning wave, the Thunder Bay North Stars have a shiny record of 7-1-0 atop the standings of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

Trailing Thunder Bay as the slate of the 2021-2022 regular season schedule approaches mid October are the Red Lake Miners (4-2-1), Dryden Ice Dogs (3-2-1), Wisconsin Lumberjacks (2-3-1), Thief River Falls Norskies (2-2-0), Kam River Fighting Walleye (1-1-1) and Fort Frances Lakers (0-4-0).

League-leading Thunder Bay has not lost a game since a season-opening 4-2 loss to Kam River.

Having played the most games of any SIJHL team to date and given their 7-1-0 record, the North Stars thus boast three of the league’s top five scorers.

Leading the points parade is Thunder Bay forward Hunter Foreshew with 4-9-13 totals. Following Foreshew are Thunder Bay defenseman Raj Sangha (5-7-12), Dryden forward Maxime Collette (6-4-10), North Stars forward Dimitri Trahiotis (5-5-10) and Red Lake forward Brady Harroun (5-5-10.)

Foreshew, who hails from the small North Bay, Ontario area town of Corbeil, is a junior hockey veteran of close to 120 games. The small forward, also known for his outstanding scholastic achievements, played with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League prior to going to Thunder Bay and the SIJHL.

Meanwhile, as Thunder Bay is leading the way offensively, the North Stars have been getting quality goal-tending from local products Connor Lemieux and Jordan Smith. Lemieux has a record of 5-0-0 to go with a 2.37 goals against average and .938 save percentage while Smith has 2-1-0, 2.00, and .933 numbers.

Deep between the pipes, Thunder Bay also has Sault College Cougars recruit Trennis Riley on board as its no. 3 goalie.

Thunder Bay goalie Connor Lemieux tries to see past Wisconsin captain Colt Comstock in recent SIJHL action. The North Stars swept a pair of weekend games from the visiting Lumberjacks. (photo by Leith Dunick/TBNewsWatch)

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