Lakers lose pair

Jamie Mountain

Home ice wasn’t kind to the Fort Frances Lakers over the weekend.
The squad dropped both of its games at the Ice For Kids Arena, starting with a 4-2 setback to the Thief River Falls Norskies on Saturday night before falling by that same score to the English River Miners yesterday afternoon.
Jacob Siebenga scored twice yesterday to send the Lakers to their fourth-straight loss overall.
Siebenga opened the scoring when he scooped up a feed from Terix Fischer-Kobes, skated in, and fired a shot past Lakers’ affiliate goalie Matt Booth, making just his second SIJHL start in as many days, midway through the first period.
He added his second of the game at 14:02 to put the visitors up by a pair.
Christian Ward put the Lakers on the board with just 14.7 seconds left in the first when he snapped a shot off the right post and past Miners’ goalie Michael Lenko to trim it to 2-1.
Fort Frances then drew even at 15:48 of the second thanks to Ian Jarvis’ 15th of the season, only to see Brody Jennings bury the eventual game-winner just 80 seconds later for the Miners.
Spencer Milne then snapped home his 17th of the campaign at 4:16 of the third to cap the scoring.
The Lakers outshot the Miners 43-35, with Lenko earning the win while Booth was tagged with the loss.
Saturday night saw the same result–just to a different team.
Blair Lindholm’s 15th goal of the season, coming 14 minutes even into the second period, proved to be the game-winner.
Thief River Falls started off strong by snagging a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes on markers by Parker Simonson and Logan Jackson (power play).
Lakers’ affiliate player James Gushulak trimmed it to 2-1 just over midway into the second.
It was the first goal that Norskies’ goalie Bailey Schmitz had surrendered in more than 214 minutes of game action.
After Lindholm made it 3-1, Jack Bernie brought the Lakers back to within one when the puck found its way to him before he fired one past Schmitz at 15:24.
Affiliate and Muskie boys’ player Cole Allan picked up the secondary assist on the play for his first SIJHL point in his first game.
The Lakers pulled Booth in favour of an extra attacker in the latter stages of the third period, but Simonson chipped the puck up the boards to Jared Pedersen, who put the game away with an empty-netter.
Schmitz finished with 31 stops while Booth made 36 saves in taking the loss.
The fifth-place Lakers (15-32-2-4) next are in action Wednesday night when they face the third-place Thunder Bay North Stars (36-12-4-1) at the Fort William Gardens for the final time in the regular season.