Wayne Strachan continues to tinker with the roster of the Fort Frances Lakers in an effort to get more effort out of his squad.
The head coach and general manager made his second trade in less than a week when he dealt forward Jason Berube to the Eliot Lake Bobcats of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) in exchange for a player development fee.
The 19-year-old from Port-Cartier, Que. recorded his only point with the Lakers last Thursday when he scored in a 5-2 home loss to the Minnesota Iron Rangers.
The day before that game, the Lakers traded defenceman Billy Grillo to the Junior ‘B’-level Sarnia Legionnaires of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League for another player development fee.
In related news, the loss to the Iron Rangers was enough to bump the Lakers down two spots to No. 6 in the Canadian Junior ‘A’ Hockey League top 20 rankings released yesterday.
The Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League knocked their league mates and former top spot holder, the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, out of the No. 1 slot.
The Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canadian Hockey League moved up to No. 2, with the Oil Barons slipping to No. 3.
The Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL took over No. 4 while the Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League nudged past the Lakers into the No. 5 hole.
The Lakers (22-2-0-2) are in Ear Falls tonight to battle the English River Miners (11-13-2) in the opener of a home-and-home series.
The two teams then will square off again here Friday at 7:30 p.m.