Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lakers fall short in Semis

It wasn't supposed to end this way.
All playoffs, the Fort Frances Lakers met adversity head on and overcame it, showing the true heart of a champion.

But here on the rocky shores of Lake Ontario, the Lakers found a peak too high to climb.
The dream season for the Bill Salonen Cup champions ended Friday night in Wellington at the 2014 Dudley Hewitt Cup Championships with a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.
The OJHL champions scored early and often on the Lakers, building a 4-0 lead through the opening 20 minutes.
“It's not always easy to finish your last game especially when you shoot your own self in the foot,” Lakers coach Wayne Strachan said after the game. “We came out flat and just never really got into the first period and being down that many, that quick.”
Most observers at the Essroc Centre agreed the Lakers probably deserved a better fate in the first period as they were able to generate some scoring chances but everything Toronto Lakeshore directed at Fort Frances netminder Jordan Cartney seemed to find the back of the net.
A power play goal and a shorthanded marker were part of the Patriots attack in the first and, left to his own devices, Cartney seemed to have difficulty being able to track the puck.
Devin Tappenden came out for the Lakers in the second and had a gaffe of his own and the Lakers fell behind 5-0 after 40 minutes.
The Pats would add another power play goal late in third.
Strachan said the organization can't focus on coming up short at the Central Canadian Championships.
“We can't dwell on this, we need to look at where we went wrong and what we did wrong when we were here,” Strachan said. “We have no reason to feel ashamed, to hang our heads. We accomplished a lot, fought adversity together and proudly represented the Superior International Junior Hockey League.”
Lakers captain Cody Wickstrom was chosen as MVP of the game for the Lakers, who were expected to start their journey home tomorrow morning.

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