Lakers nip Ice Dogs


MacKenzie Flett scored twice to pace the Fort Frances Lakers to a narrow 5-4 win over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in SIJHL action on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The win helped the Lakers split the home-and-home series with Dryden and improved their record to 11-11-1. The Ice Dogs had won the opener by a 5-2 count on Wednesday night at the Memorial Arena in Dryden.
Both sides scored twice in the first period with Dryden’s Xavier Halterman and Ethan Carlson-Jourdain trading goals before the game was seven minutes old.
The clubs then exchanged power-play markers late in the session with Flett connecting for the Lakers before Curtis Magas countered for the Ice Dogs less than a minute later to knot it at 2-2 after 20 minutes.
The Ice Dogs’ (13-11-1) special teams got them the lead midway through the second as Nolan Marshall connected with a power-play effort.
Flett then drew the hosts even just 25 seconds into the third with his second of the night and fourth of the season.
Recently acquired forward Mattieu Harrold notched his first SIJHL goal at 8:03 to put the Fort Frances back in front for good as he snapped a shot home from the left side over Ice Dogs’ goalie Knute Loe.
The Lakers then got the eventual game-winner off the stick of captain Noah Loveday who buried a feed from Harrold to make it 5-3.
Dryden did get one back in the final minute with Dylan Winsor picking up the Ice Dogs’ third man-advantage marker of the night with Knute also pulled for the extra-attacker.
But that’s as close as the Ice Dogs got as the Lakers held on for the win on home ice.
Dylan Kosik made 29 saves to earn the win while Loe turned aside 43 attempts to suffer the loss.
The fifth-place Lakers will resume action tomorrow night when they open a three-game road swing against the second-place Red Lake Miners (13-8-2-1) at the Cochenour Arena.
Then they’ll conclude the road trip with back-to-back games against the league-leading Thunder Bay North Stars (17-6-2) on Friday and Saturday night (Dec. 13-14). Both contests will take place at the Fort William Gardens.