Lakers’ Bugeja named SIJHL player-of-the-week


The SIJHL announced Monday that Fort Frances Lakers’ goalie Alex Bugeja has been named its initial Play It Again Sports player-of-the-week for the 2019-20 season.
In two starts over the weekend, the 18-year-old West Vancouver, B.C., native backstopped the Lakers to a home-and-home sweep of the Thief River Falls Norskies.
Making 30-plus saves in each outing for Fort Frances, Bugeja wrapped up his first week in the league with a SIJHL-best 1.96 goals-against average, along with a solid .945 save percentage that featured a triumph at the Ice For Kids Arena Friday and a come-from-behind overtime road decision Saturday.
“It means a lot when you have that trust and you know your goalie is in a zone and on his game,” Lakers’ head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan said of his netminder.
“He was a big factor in both wins but especially [on] Saturday. He was a main reason we had any chance to be in the game and have success.”
Also earning consideration for player-of-the-week honours were forwards Jacob Anttonen (Thunder Bay North Stars), Shaye Sommerfeld (Red Lake Miners), Ryan Green (Wisconsin Lumberjacks), Dylan Winsor (Dryden GM Ice Dogs) and Mason McIntosh (Norskies).
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The Rainy River Community College Voyageurs women’s volleyball team compiled a 1-2 record in its matches last week.
The squad, which includes former Muskies Hailee Barnard and Alex Spuzak, dropped their first match of the week last Wednesday (Sept. 18) with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the host Hibbing CC Cardinals.
Set scores were 25-17, 25-10, and 25-16.
Barnard had three kills and five digs in a losing cause.
But RRCC, which is 3-12 overall and 1-5 in its own conference, rebounded with a 3-0 sweep of its own at home against the Fond du Lac Thunder on Friday evening.
The set scores were 25-11, 25-8, and 25-15.
Barnard recorded four kills and two digs in that one while Spuzak had the lone dig.
The Voyageurs then wrapped up play with another home match on Saturday, falling in four sets to Vermilion CC.
The set scores were 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, and 22-25.
Barnard had a great match in getting five kills and 11 digs while Spuzak had a kill and a dig.
The Voyageurs are slated to resume play tonight when they host the Central Lakes Raiders at 6:30 p.m. in their lone match this week.
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Raice Westover of Fort Frances wound up 14th in the Midwest Modified features in Bemidji, Mn. on Sunday.
Tanner Williamson of the Fort failed to finish the feature and placed 17th.
On Saturday, Williamson picked up a second-place finish in the Midwest Mods feature while Westover failed to finish and wound up 15th.
James Lambert of the Fort raced at Menomonie, Wis. where he was seventh on Friday and then fifth Saturday in Midwest Modifieds ‘B’-features.
Brady Caul raced at Deer Creek Speedway where he was near the back of the field in Modified ‘B’-mains on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.