By Tanner Schafer
Spooner, WI – The Kam River Fighting Walleye have certainly looked the part of the #1 seed in their first series of this year’s SIJHL playoffs. Kam River turned in another dominant performance defeating the Wisconsin Lumberjacks by a score of 10-2 in game 3. This was the 2nd game the Fighting Walleye have won by this exact score and they have been in complete control throughout the series.
It was special teams that got Kam River moving in the 1st period of this tilt. The first 2 goals were scored on the power play and the 3rd came short handed. Kam River would end the 1st up 4-0 and outscore the Lumberjacks 3-1 in the next two periods to arrive at the final score of 10-2. SIJHL Defenceman of the Year Jack Cook had another dominating performance scoring a hat trick and picking up an assist to move his point total to 9 over just 3 playoff games. Jeremy Dunmore also turned in a 4 point performance with 2 goals and 2 assists. 2 players on the Kam River roster scored 3 points on the night; Kyle Lamoureux who had a playmaker, and SIJHL Rookie of the Year Max Leduc who had a goal and 2 assists. The Lumberjacks were led by Salvatore Poggiali who scored the 1st goal and assisted on the 2nd. Despite the score, the shots were relatively close with Kam River holding an edge 39-35. Penalties have killed the Lumberjacks, the Fighting Walleye were an impressive 4/6 with the man advantage bringing up their total to 9/16 for the series or 56%. The Lumberjacks have one last chance to show signs of life Thursday night at the Spooner Civic Center. With a win Kam River will advance to the championship series against either Dryden or Thunder Bay.