Having been snake-bitten around the front of the net since the start of the season, Byron Katapaytuk certainly threw the monkey off his back last night in Dryden.
The third-year forward exploded with a four-goal outburst, which also were his first four goals of the campaign, to help the Fort Frances Lakers cruise to a 6-2 win over the host Ice Dogs.
Katapaytuk opened the scoring in the first period with a pair of goals in a 13-second span, then made it 3-1 with a goal in the second.
He rounded out the scoring with little less than two minutes to go.
Forwards Adam Wensley and Colton Spicer also scoring for the Lakers, who swept the home-and-home series with the Ice Dogs and earned their third-straight win overall.
Spicer also added two assists to finish with three points.
Ryan Wildman and Jon Carlson chipped in with a pair of assists each while Tyler Ampe made 24 saves to improve his record to 9-0-0-1.
Bryce Maggrah and Jesse Linner replied for the Ice Dogs—losers of four-straight games.
With the win, the Lakers became the first SIJHL team to reach double-digits in victories so far this season and also extended their lead over the second-place Wisconsin Wilderness to three points.
The Lakers will be back in action Tuesday night in Chisholm against the expansion Iron Range Ironheads.
Their next home game is set for Friday (Oct. 28) at 7:30 p.m. versus the Sioux Lookout Flyers.