It was a dream start for the Duluth Clydesdales scoring mere moments into their first-ever Superior International Junior Hockey League regular season contest, but they could not sustain the momentum eventually falling 6-1 to the host Sioux Lookout Flyers Thursday evening at Sioux Lookout Memorial Arena.
Luke Burgstahler will go down in history as being the Duluth player to score the club’s opening tally in franchise history striking just 11 seconds into the contest startling Sioux Lookout goalie Jordan Giguere.
The Flyers would respond however tallying twice before the opening frame was out beating Clydesdales goalie Derek Robinson on markers by Chase Dobranski and Galen Matyjanka to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Sioux Lookout would take control of the contest in the middle frame striking three more times on goals by Nelson Rosiak, Nick Hinsberg and Colten Brule to make it 5-1 after 40 minutes.
Dobranski’s second of the evening three minutes into the final stanza rounded out the scoring on the night.
Giguere would shut the door the rest of the way against Duluth shooters making 31 saves to pick up the win. Robinson meanwhile was peppered with 45 shots in a losing cause for his side.
Duluth will conclude their season opening, two-game Northwestern Ontario swing Friday evening as they travel to nearby Dryden to take on the Ice Dogs at 7:30 p.m.
The Clydesdales home opener is slated for Oct. 3 when they welcome fellow expansion side Wisconsin Wilderness to the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Wilderness, out of Spooner, will make their SIJHL debut Friday night. The Wilderness face the Sioux Lookout Flyers in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Faceoff Friday night is at 7:30pm. The Wilderness last season were known as the Wisconsin Mustangs, in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.
Courtesy: SIJHL Communications
Posted by Joe Dufek