Lakers split road trip
It was the proverbial bag of mixed results for the Fort Frances Lakers, who came away from a pair of weekend road games with both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
The Lakers cruised to a 10-4 triumph over the host Thunder Bay North Stars on Friday night.
The Lakers (24-14-1-2) currently sit tied for third with the North Stars with 51 points.
The Dryden Ice Dogs are two points ahead in second place, although the Lakers hold three games in hand.
Lurking in fifth place are the Iron Rangers, who are just three points behind the Lakers but have played five more games.
The Lakers’ top line of Merritt Rysavy, Colton Spicer, and Jordan Christianson were nearly unstoppable in Friday night’s triumph in Thunder Bay, accounting for seven of the team’s 10 goals.
Christianson led the way with two goals and three assists while Spicer netted a pair of markers and chipped in two helpers.
Rysavy, the Lakers’ captain, also scored two goals and had an assist.
Tyler Brodersen, Kevin Kurm, Alex Bruess, and Simon Desrosiers also scored for the visitors.
Bryce Maggrah lit the lamp twice for the North Stars, with Matt Kaarela and Mathias Gardiman also beating Lakers’ goalie Talor Joseph, who made his SIJHL debut Friday night.
Then on Saturday night, the Lakers jumped into the lead midway through the first period when Davis Smith beat Iron Rangers’ goalie Chase Hollander.
But the hosts fought back as Justin Gregory tied the game up in the second frame before Kyle Fink and Trevor Hoth gave the Iron Rangers the lead early in the third.
The Lakers now will look to conclude their four-game road trip on a winning note Wednesday night when they visit Dryden for a clash with the Ice Dogs.
The next home game for the Lakers is set for Saturday (Feb. 2) at 7:30 p.m. when the Iron Rangers come to town.