The Fort Frances Lakers can do it on home ice.
The Lakers held off the K&A Wolverines 2-1 in Thunder Bay last night to grab a 3-2 lead in their first-round best-of-seven series.
Fort Frances can advance to the SIJHL semi-finals with a win in Game 6 here tonight starting at 7:30 p.m.
A loss would set up a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday afternoon back in the Lakehead.
The Lakers opened the scoring at 14:04 of the first period when Jaret Leclair beat Wolverines’ goalie Spencer Malone for his second goal of the playoffs.
Leclair registered just nine points in 32 regular-season games, but already has recorded five points in the post-season.
Byron Katapaytuk then made it 2-0 late in the first, lighting the lamp at 19:14.
The goal was Katapaytuk’s second of the playoffs—both of which have been game-winners.
After a scoreless second, Chris Smerek pulled the host Wolverines to within one at 5:03 of the third, but Lakers’ goalie Jameson Shortreed shut the door the rest of the way to record the win.
Shortreed finished with 44 saves while Malone made 29 for K&A.
In related news, Dryden rallied from a 3-0 deficit to edge Fort William 4-3 in overtime in the double round-robin showdown between the league’s top three seeds.
The win assured the Ice Dogs of the top seed and the opportunity to select their opponent in the next round of the playoffs.
Fort William finished the round robin at 2-2.
The Sioux Lookout Flyers sit at 0-3 heading into their final match-up tomorrow night with Dryden.