Lakers earn split of series


The Sioux Lookout Flyers continue to be a thorn in the side of the Fort Frances Lakers so far this season.
The Flyers snapped the Lakers’ four-game winning streak, and a run of five-straight home victories, with a 4-3 shootout win at the Ice For Kids Arena here Friday night.
However, the Lakers got revenge Saturday night as they skated to a 6-2 win in Sioux Lookout, improving their record to 12-2-2 to sit two points ahead of the Wisconsin Wilderness for top spot in the SIJHL standings.
Both sides played a fire-wagon brand of hockey for the first 20 minutes of Friday night’s game, with the Lakers jumping out to a 3-2 lead before Chris Hoffman knotted things up for the Flyers early in the second.
But neither squad could find the back of the net for the rest of regulation and a five-minute overtime period to set the stage for the shootout, where Hoffman was the only player to light the lamp.
Colton Spicer had a pair of goals for the Lakers, with Jordan Larson notching the other one, as the home side was stymied on numerous occasions by the stellar play of Flyers’ goalie Jayme Brattengeier.
Then in the rematch Saturday night at the Sioux Lookout Memorial Arena, the Lakers scored four unanswered goals to grab a 4-1 lead in the late stages of the second period.
Byron Katapaytuk and Dane Morin both lit the lamp twice in the victory while Jon Carlson and Ryan Wildman each added a pair of assists.
Also scoring for the Lakers were Jaret Leclair and Davis Smith.
The team now will begin a three-game road trip tomorrow night in Chisholm against the winless Iron Range Ironheads.
The Lakers then will go up against the Wilderness in Spooner, Wis. on Saturday night before concluding the trip Sunday versus the Duluth Clydesdales.
Their next home game is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. when the Wilderness come to town.