Lakers eke out win
With time winding down in both the third period and a late-game power play, it looked as if the Fort Frances Lakers would head to overtime with the Minnesota Iron Rangers on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
But with 68 seconds to go, Colton Spicer received a slick feed from linemate Merritt Rysavy and banged the puck past Iron Rangers’ goalie Chase Hollander to give the Lakers a 4-3 win and back into second place in the SIJHL standings.
“I had shot from the point just before that and the puck didn’t get through,” he noted.
“But they iced it and we came right back down the ice.
“Merritt made a really good play behind the net, and I was able to get in front of the net and put it in,” he added.
The Lakers (27-15-1-2) now have 57 points on the season, which puts them two ahead of the Dryden Ice Dogs in the race for second place.
Tuesday’s game was a bit of an interesting one for the Lakers, who were outplayed through the first 35 minutes of the game until Brendan Cawston tied the score at 2-2 late in the second period.
“It was a bit of a weird game tonight,” admitted Lakers’ head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan.
“Up until Brendan’s goal, I thought we were fighting the puck, didn’t have the energy that we needed to play at, and our physical game just wasn’t present,” he remarked.
“We got an ugly goal there off a bit of a bounce, but we started to turn things around off of that play.”
Tyler Brodersen and Jordan Christianson also scored for the Lakers while goalie Talor Joseph made 24 saves to improve his record to 4-0 since joining the team.
Trevor Hoth netted a pair of goals for the Iron Rangers, with Tyler Tuneberg notching the other one.
The Lakers and Iron Rangers will meet again tomorrow night down in Hoyt Lakes.
That game will see the return of defenceman John Dora to the Lakers’ lineup after serving a suspension.
Forward Kevin Kurm, however, still is listed as “day-to-day” with a left hand injury.