Lakers down Miners
A trip to the Ice House was just what the Fort Frances Lakers needed to get their house back in order.
Lyndon Lipinski, Miles Nolan, and Cam Jackson each had a goal and an assist, and Devin Tappenden earned his first win as a Laker, as Fort Frances downed the English River Miners 5-2 yesterday in their first of two games at the annual “SIJHL Showcase” in Spooner, Wis.
Cody Wickstrom sent Lipinski in on the right-wing, who blasted a shot past Miners’ goalie Greg Harney 43 seconds into the frame for his 22nd of the season.
Nolan then made it 2-0 at 2:16 with his eighth.
Royce King made good on an English River power play to cut the lead in half at 18:23.
Brent Aiken regained the Lakers’ two-goal cushion at 9:50 of the third, whipping the puck past Harney on the short side.
The Miners (16-18-3) again refused to go quietly as Dominic Blouin made it 3-2 at 15:25.
But the Lakers iced the victory in the waning minutes, with Jackson netting his first as a Laker at 16:30.
Mason Meyer then notched his 30th of the campaign with 24 seconds to play.
Ryan McQueen assisted on Meyer’s marker to notch his first point since joining the Lakers earlier this month from the Neepawa Natives of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Tappenden posted 26 saves for the victory while Harney was terrific in defeat with 41.
The “SIJHL Showcase” draws numerous scouts from the college and pro ranks.
The Lakers will get another chance to shine under the scouts’ watchful eyes today at 4:30 p.m. against the Dryden Ice Dogs (18-21-5).
Dryden has lost seven of eight meetings with the Lakers this season, including the last seven-straight.
The Ice Dogs were rocked 14-0 and 9-3 by Fort Frances in a home-and-home series before Christmas—the last time the two teams met.
The Lakers’ next home game is Jan. 31 against the Thunder Bay North Stars.