Lakers handed win by forfeit


The Fort Frances Lakers earned a victory Tuesday without having to take to the ice.
Following an investigation, the SIJHL announced that the Dryden Ice Dogs had forfeited their game against the Lakers, which was played last Wednesday (Jan. 18), due to the use of an ineligible player.
According to the SIJHL press release, the Ice Dogs inadvertently dressed one player over the maximum of 18 skaters and two goalies allowed as per Hockey Canada regulations during that game, which the Ice Dogs had won 6-4.
As such, the Lakers were awarded a 1-0 victory and the two points.
Any points earned by players from both teams during the contest also were wiped out.
The Lakers’ (29-10-4) now have 62 points, which puts them 13 behind the league-leading Wisconsin Wilderness and 17 ahead of Dryden.
The Ice Dogs (20-16-5) remain in third place, but now only sit two points ahead of the Thunder Bay North Stars.
The Lakers are back in action tonight in Virginia, Mn., where they’ll play the Wilderness in a neutral-site contest.
Then the squad will open a four-game homestand tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena against the Duluth Clydesdales.