Kenora Set For Road Test In Winnipeg

The Kenora Thistles are headed to Winnipeg Friday for a tough test against the Winnipeg Thrashers.

The Thrashers currently sit third in the Manitoba U18 ‘AAA’ Hockey League with a record of 5-1. They’re coming off a weekend series in Thompson that saw them and the NorMan Northstars split the two games; the Northstars won 4-3 on Saturday before the Thrashers came out on top 9-3 on Sunday. Brandon Corda led the way for Winnipeg with six points (six assists) over the weekend, followed by Mason Mykichuk‘s five goals.

Corda and Mykichuk are second and third respectively in team scoring, trailing Rohan Guevarra‘s 11 points (three goals, eight assists). Guevarra, who is in his second season with the U18 Thrashers, is tied with Regan Anderson of the Southwest Cougars for most points in the league.

Between the pipes, it’s Austin Kindrat and Taye Timmerman for the Winnipeg-based team. Kindrat, who was taken in the 2022 WHL draft by Calgary, is in his second U18 season and sports a record of 3-1 with a GAA of 3.30 and a save percentage of 0.883. His counterpart, Timmerman, is an OCN Blizzard prospect (MJHL) and spent last season mainly with the U17 Winnipeg Bruins. This year, the 16-year-old has two wins under his belt to go with a GAA of 1.71 and a save percentage of 0.954.

The Thrashers, led by head coach Jim Berezowsky, have a relatively new team with only seven returning players. One notable name the Thrashers knew they wouldn’t have again was 2022/2023 team captain Carter Bear. The 16-year-old, who put up 59 points (32 goals, 27 assists) in 31 games last year, seems to have established himself as a full-time member of the WHL’s Everett Silvertips.

Winnipeg is captained by returning defender Shane Fetterly, while Parker Rolston and Corda wear “A”‘s.

Last season, the Thrashers took the season series three games to one. Fetterly had six points (one goal, five assists) over those four games, while Corda recorded five (one goal, four assists), Ben Brambilla had four points (two goals, two assists), Kaiden Dela Cruz had two helpers, while Guevarra had one assist in three games against Kenora.

Of the returning Thistles, Carter Peters had two assists while both Reid Pitura and Reidar Paquette had one helper each.

Kenora will head into Friday’s game on a five-game slide, having dropped games Saturday and Sunday to the Southwest Cougars in Souris, MB.

Cayson Lambert continues to lead the Thistles in scoring with four points (one goal, three assists), followed by four with two points (Bo Gartzke, Jack Noel, Hudson Gagne, Paquette) and several with one point.

The game will take place at the Gateway Recreation Centre in Winnipeg, MB on Friday, October 20th with puckdrop set for 7:30pm CST. The game, as with all Manitoba U18 ‘AAA’ Hockey League games, will be broadcast live on FloHockey.