Lakers look to turn things around after tough start to the season

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

The Fort Frances Lakers are off to a rough start to the season with a 2-0-11 record. They sit last in the SIJHL standings. The hope is some players returning from injury and some new additions can help get the team on the right path.

Head Coach Dave Allison says the team has some work to do to get to the place they want to be in.

“People call it ‘the process’ but I don’t think it’s a process, I think it’s an awakening that you’re capable,” Allison said. “But we’ve all got to make changes, and it’s an awakening that this game and life is about competitiveness and intelligence and support for each other.”

Allison also says that out of the feeling of defeat, growth and togetherness can come.

“I think when you get defeated it’s humbling,” Allison said. “But you also have to make a decision, do you like getting beat or do you like winning. I think that we’re more than capable of winning, but it has to be together. There’s no secret to anything, you’re better together.”

Part of that growing together has been the players getting involved in various community events. Lakers players have been out to events like the march into Couchiching on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and taking part in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event for domestic abuse. Participation in events like this is the kind of thing Allison is happy to see.

“It’s not that they’re just doing it, it’s that they’re doing it with the spirit of intent, of contributing to the community,” Allison said. “It’s not just about on the ice it’s about off the ice.”

The Lakers will hope to bounce back from 4-1 and 1-0 losses to the Kam River Walleye in a home-and-home series last weekend.

They may be down now, but with loss, can come growth, says the Lakers coach. The team hits the ice again Nov. 26 and 27 against Red Lake. – Allan Bradbury photo

The Lakers won’t play again until a series in Red Lake Nov. 26 – 27. Because of continued border restrictions the schedule has changed a few times and teams are going weeks without games. The Lakers currently have the second fewest games played in the league at 11 and the Thief River Falls Norskies have only played eight. Hopefully, a couple of games in hand can help the Lakers gain some ground.