Thompson’s hat trick leads Winnipeg over Kenora

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THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Tristan Thompson had a natural hat trick to help propel the Winnipeg Wild to an 8-1 victory over the Kenora Thistles Saturday afternoon in Day 3 action at the TELUS Cup West Regional, presented by Windsor Plywood, at Fort William First Nation Arena in Thunder Bay.

Following a tight-checking opening 20 minutes the two clubs, who both compete in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, neither side would connect offensively in the frame.

Winnipeg would break the ice twice though before the middle session was five-minutes old as Luke Seremet converted from close range at 2:15 and highly-touted forward Kyle Bettens snapped one past Kenora starter Cooper Hatfield a few shifts later.

The Thistles would get on the board at 8:43 of the frame as Aidan Shumka was left alone to the side of Wild netminder Kadin Kilpatrick and made no mistake as he lifted a shot into the top righthand corner.

Thompson started his big game by adding to the Winnipeg cushion before the second was complete.

He then tacked on two more in quick order in the third to put the Wild up 5-1.

They then finished off the one-sided result with late tallies from Mikol Sartor, Eric Fawkes and Seremet to finish off the onslaught.

Kilpatrick made 31 saves to record the win for the Wild.

Hatfield suffered the loss allowing seven against on 34 while Matthew Booth handled 10 of 11 in just over seven minutes of relief.