Reid Zurkan, and Carson Maffey scored for the Kenora U18 AAA Thistles (1-15-0) but it wasn’t enough losing 7-2 to the Parkland Rangers (8-8-2).
The Thistles were looking to rebound after a tough 8-1 loss to the Rangers a night before.
Kaden King was making his fourth straight start for Kenora, and Kyler Swanton was making his eighth start of the season.
The Rangers controlled the first period taking an early 3-0 lead not even ten minutes into the game.
The scoring got started for the Rangers just under four minutes into the game when Hayden Seib pounced on a lucky bounce off the boards and put it past King after an initial shot from Will Munro.
An Evan Kabel holding penalty led to a powerplay goal for the Rangers when Jayce Legaarden put a backhand over the shoulder of King and under the bar for a 2-0 lead.
After continuous pressure from the Rangers led to their third goal of the game. A Cohen Smigelsky point shot was deflected in by Kyan Grouette to make it 3-0.
Kenora would cut the lead at the 12:22 mark on their second powerplay of the game. Reid Zurkan found the back of the net on a point shot that went upstairs over Swanton to make it 3-1.
Nickolas Fagnilli, and Brandon Gustafson added assists.
After 20 minutes of play, the Rangers outshot the Thistles 18-8.
The Thistles would get a powerplay early in the second period, but it was the Rangers Cash Clarkson who capitalized shorthanded.
Parkland would add another one on the powerplay off the stick of Jayce Legaarden for his second of the game for a commanding 5-1 lead with just over eight minutes left in the second period.
Kenora fought back and got a goal of their own just over a minute later when Carson Maffey picked up his first goal of the season and made it 5-2 Parkland.
Ben Norlock and Travis Biehn picked up assists on the goal.
That is how the second period would end as the Rangers lead 5-2. Shots in the frame were 14-12 in favour of Parkland.
Madden Murray would restore the Ranger’s four-goal lead at the 9:12 mark of the third period.
Parkland added to their lead in the third period when Rylan Gibbs was able to pot his seventh of the season past King for the 7-2 lead.
That was all the scoring in the period as the game would end.
The shots in the third period were 18-8 for Parkland and a three-period shot total of 50-28 in favour of the Rangers.
Kaden King stops 43 of 50 shots in the loss.
Kyler Swanton made 26 saves in the win.
Kenora finished 1 for 8 on the powerplay, and Parkland went 3 for 9 with the extra man.
Next up for the Thistles will be a three-game homestand starting Friday night (November 19, 2021) with a two-game series against the Norman Northstars (5-10-3). On Sunday (November 21, 2021) the Winnipeg Thrashers (9-6-1) will be in town.