Ice Dogs take bite out of Lakers


It seems that no lead is safe around the Fort Frances Lakers (6-18-3).
The Lakers quickly coughed up advantages twice in last night’s 7-4 road loss to the second-place Dryden Ice Dogs (22-3-3).
Fort Frances opened the scoring when Tyler Stevenson’s power-play marker beat Peter Emery with just 23 seconds left in the first period.
Scoring late in a period can deflate some teams, but not Dryden. The Ice Dogs stormed the Lakers’ end off the ensuing face-off, leaving Chad Liley to even the score just seven seconds later.
Then in the second period, the Lakers’ power-play improved to two-for-two as Colton Kennedy tallied a mere three seconds into Tim Kavanaugh’s tripping minor.
Kennedy struck again midway through the period to make it 3-1.
But the wheels fell off just over two minute later as Jon Mitchell cut the deficit with a shorthanded goal.
After Kevin Burton’s power-play marker tied the game, BJ McClellan beat Jameson Shortreed to put Dryden ahead for the first time.
Those three goals came in a span of just 4:46.
Dryden then dashed any attempt at a comeback early in the third when Spencer Gyori and Mike Lennon pumped up the lead to 6-3.
Mike Jourdain would notch a shorthanded tally at 17:24 for his fifth of the campaign, but Liley dumped his second of the game into the empty Lakers’ net to seal the win.
Kennedy spearheaded the Lakers’ attack with two goals—his 19th and 20th to lead the team—while adding an assist.
Liley and Burton countered with three points apiece for Dryden.
Fort Frances was outshot by a double-digit margin for the second-straight game (39-29).
The Lakers return to action this Saturday (Dec. 12) at 7:30 p.m. against the visiting K&A Wolverines (9-17-5).