Thistle fans expected some rough stuff last night, when Thompson came for a visit, but it turned out to be one of the better games of the season.

The league handed out suspensions, after a brawl during their last meeting, but the referees only issued eight penalties last night. Instead, 200 to 300 fans watch some fast-paced, clean hockey.

Ben Hackl was back on the ice, and he gave Kenora the lead with help from Sam Brunton and Bryson McDonald. Thompson tied it 1-1 less than a minute later, as the last-place Northstars showed surprising resilience and pace. Kadin Ilott gave the Thistles a 2-1 margin after the first, with help from Brunton and Reed Bodnar.

There wasn't any scoring in the second period, but Norman finally got the tying goal in the third, sending the game into overtime. The open ice made for some exciting chances at both ends, but they needed the shootout to resolve it.

In the end, the Northstars emerged with a 3-2 shootout victory. Kadin Ilott of the Thistles talks about tonight's rematch.

"We've just gotta win. That's our main goal. Whichever way we're gonna do it, we've gotta do it," he said.

The final result clearly wasn't what Kenora had hoped for, as they also came up empty after their three-game road trip last weekend.

Puck drop tonight is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Thsitle Rink.

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