Lakers cough up late lead


In an eerily-similar situation to a 6-5 shootout loss here back on Nov. 30, the Fort Frances Lakers fell 4-3 to the Dryden Ice Dogs in a shootout here last night after coughing up a two-goal lead in the dying minutes.
Leading 3-1 through most of the third period, the Lakers allowed two goals in the final six minutes of regulation time, including a wrister by defenceman Len Pelletier that beat Tyler Ampe with only 13 seconds to go.
Jordan Larson and Steve Terry both had chances in overtime to give the Lakers the win, but they were unable to find the back of the net, forcing the shootout.
After the first two shooters for each side were turned aside, Dryden’s Austin Lewis raced in on goal and beat Ampe to give the Ice Dogs a 1-0 lead.
It was all up to Larson to keep his team alive, but he was stoned by Ice Dogs’ goalie Kim Wildhaber, allowing Dryden to take the victory and snap a four-game losing streak.
Ryan Lobreau led the Ice Dogs with a goal and two assists, with Ian Schachte adding a goal and an assist.
Brandon Fehd and Ryan Wildman both had a goal and an assist in the loss, which ended a five-game home winning streak for the Lakers.
Larson scored the opening goal of the game.
In a scheduling quirk, the Lakers will host the Ice Dogs again this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.