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Junior hockey: Wilderness rout Cup foe

Duluth Marshall graduate Jordan Shockley scored two goals and added an assist while goaltender Gordy Defiel stopped all 21 shots he faced to lead the Minnesota Wilderness to a 7-0 victory over the Soo Thunderbirds on Wednesday at the Dudley-Hewit...

Duluth Marshall graduate Jordan Shockley scored two goals and added an assist while goaltender Gordy Defiel stopped all 21 shots he faced to lead the Minnesota Wilderness to a 7-0 victory over the Soo Thunderbirds on Wednesday at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Junior championship at North Bay (Ontario) Memorial Gardens.

After a scoreless first period in which shots favored the Superior International Junior Hockey League champions by a 17-3 margin, the Wilderness needed only 33 seconds to score in the second stanza. Conrad Sampair fed SIJHL most valuable player Mike Dietrich, who shot into the top right-hand corner over the outstretched glove of Joel Horodziejczyk.

Shockley scored a short-handed goal and Jeremy Johnson redirected a Joseph Drapluk shot to make it 3-0 midway through the second period. Jordan Larson added to the cushion and Shockley snapped home a quick wrist shot from the left face-off circle to put the outcome out of doubt.

The Wilderness, who lost to North Bay on Tuesday, owned a 49-21 edge in shots on goal. They play St. Michael's Buzzers at 1:30 p.m. today.

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