Ice Dogs cool off surging Lakers


It had been smooth sailing lately for the Fort Frances Lakers, but Dwight Lee turned into a one-man iceberg.
Lee had a hat trick and added three assists for a massive six-point night as the host Dryden Ice Dogs emphatically ended the Lakers’ six-game winning streak with an 8-2 rout Tuesday night.
Tyler Stevenson’s power-play goal had given the Lakers (25-12-3) the lead just 2:01 into the game.
But that only seemed to anger Dryden (25-17), which went on to score five unanswered goal, including four before the first period was over.
Two of those belonged to Lee, including one shorthanded, while Tom Kuhn and Henry Vadnais had the others.
Ryan Lobreau’s power-play tally made it 5-1 early in the second before Stevenson struck again for his league-high 30th of the season later in the frame.
Jesse Linner made it 6-2 before the second was over, however, with Lee and Jon Mitchell adding third-period goals to complete the blowout.
Ian Perrier made 24 saves for the win, which moved Dryden to within three points of Fort Frances for second place in the SIJHL.
Tyler Ampe was roughed up for five goals on only 14 shots to take the loss.
He was replaced by Jameson Shortreed, who made 14 saves on 17 shots in relief.
The Lakers will be looking to rebound tonight in Sioux Lookout against the fifth-place Flyers (8-24-5) before continuing their road swing to Duluth on Saturday night and then versus Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.
Their next home game is set for Tuesday (Jan. 25) at 7:30 p.m. versus Sioux Lookout.