A solid first period figured to be just the elixir to cure what has been ailing the Fort Frances Lakers of late.
Instead, all it did was wake up their opponent.
The Sioux Lookout Flyers scored four-straight times after falling behind early to come away with a 5-3 victory over the Lakers in SIJHL action last night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Flyers (10-10-1), who won their second-straight, increased their third-place lead over Fort Frances (5-11-3) to eight points, although the Lakers hold two games in hand.
Fort Frances now has dropped four in a row and fell to 1-8-2 on home ice so far this season.
Henry Gutierrez put the home side in front with the only goal of the first period, tallying his third of the year on the power play at 2:25.
The Lakers outshot the Flyers 14-7 in the period.
But Sioux Lookout took over in the second as A.J. Wensley netted the equalizer at 13:48 and then the go-ahead marker at 18:20.
The Flyers kept building their lead in the third, with Darnell Ferland connecting just 21 seconds in.
Adam Wensley then scored during a Sioux Lookout man advantage at 8:25 for a 4-1 edge.
The Lakers tried to make a late charge to savage their night. Jordan Carne notched his fourth of the campaign at 12:09 before Anders Wick hit the twine for the first time this season at 18:09 to trim the deficit to one.
But the Flyers’ Galen Matyajanka nullified the comeback bid with an empty-netter with 14 seconds to go.
Jordan Giguere turned aside 31 shots for the victory while T.J. Pocock made 29 saves in a losing cause.
The Lakers don’t play again until next Wednesday (Nov. 18) when they travel to Dryden to face the second-place Ice Dogs.