The Fort Frances Lakers have been more than charitable to their opponents most nights this season.
But the SIJHL squad is hoping the local community is full of those in the giving spirit prior to their game tonight against the Wisconsin Mustangs.
The Lakers will host a Christmas bake sale starting at 6 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre, with cookies, fudge, candy, and other holiday treats available for purchase.
As well, the squad will hold a toy drive prior to the 7:30 p.m. puck drop, with fans encouraged to bring a toy donation to the arena, which then will go to the United Native Friendship Centre and Salvation Army Christmas hampers.
After all the goodwill is completed, Fort Frances will try to put a lump of coal in the stocking of the Mustangs—full-time members of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League who are playing an interlocking schedule against SIJHL teams this season.
So far, Wisconsin is 1-3 against SIJHL opponents, including a split against the Lakers.
The Mustangs beat Fort Frances 5-2 back on Sept. 30 and then dropped a 4-1 decision on Oct. 30, with both games taking place in Spooner.
The Lakers (5-14-3) are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1) and sit in the cellar of the five-team league.
Their last win was a 4-2 decision over the Sioux Lookout Flyers here back on Nov. 3.
The Lakers enter tonight’s game five points behind the fourth-place K&A Wolverines (7-15-4), although Fort Frances does hold four games in hand.