Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lakers cruise

Consider the messaged delivered—and understood.
Mason Meyer scored twice while Lucas DeBenedet had three points as the Fort Frances Lakers got back on track with a 6-2 victory over the Wisconsin Wilderness on Saturday night in Spooner.

Two days after playing their worst game of the season in a 5-2 home loss to the Minnesota Iron Rangers, the Lakers (22-2-0-2) took to heart head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan’s clear indication the team needed to perform better than it had in recent weeks.
After being held off the scoresheet by the Iron Rangers, the “DLM” line of DeBenedet, Lyndon Lipinski, and Meyer found their form once again against Wisconsin (1-24), which now has lost 23-straight games.
Following Kevin Kurm’s power-play marker at 7:53 of the first, Meyer beat Wilderness goalie Griffin Strain at 14:07 for a 2-0 lead.
The Lakers outshot Wisconsin 21-9 in the opening frame.
DeBenedet netted his 24th goal of the year at 10:10 of the second, then set up Meyer’s 18th on another man advantage at 17:24 to reassert himself as the league leader in goals, assists (26), and points (50).
The two power-play goals were a welcome relief for the Lakers, who went an abysmal 0-for-9 with the man advantage their previous game against Minnesota.
Bryce Lipinski made it 5-0 at 1:55 of the third before Shane Billings finally got one past Lakers’ goalie Ryan Ferguson at 3:39.
Tanner Fricke added his fifth of the campaign at 9:46 before Justin Gregory’s power-play marker for Wisconsin rounded out the scoring.
The Lakers next head to Ear Falls tomorrow night to being a home-and-home series against the English River Miners (11-13-2).
The two teams then will hook up again here this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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