The Fort Frances Lakers continued their strong pre-season performance with a convincing 7-1 win over the visiting Dryden Ice Dogs last night.
Just under 400 fans were at the Ice For Kids Arena to watch the Lakers’ earn their second win over their northern rivals in a week, having pulled out a 6-5 overtime win up in Dryden last Wednesday night.
The local Junior ‘A’ squad kept up its proficiency with the man advantage last night, tallying twice in six chance to bring them to 7-for-27 (26 percent) in the three pre-season games so far.
But the Lakers opening the scoring while shorthanded when Byron Katapaytuk was sprung with Ty Brueggeman in the box.
Katapaytuk deked out Brett Timmerman and deposited the puck to give the home side a 1-0 advantage at 7:08.
Tyler Stevenson then put one home on a tic-tac-toe play for his first of three at 13:26 of the first.
Fort Frances kept rolling early in the second as Davis Smith ripped a shot past Timmerman just nine seconds into the frame.
Stevenson netted his second of the game against new goalie Grant Friesen at 13:39 before former Ice Dog Matthew Caulfield deposited a pass from Brett Wur just 1:48 later to put the Lakers up 5-0.
Jon Sinclair extended the lead at 5:23 of the third with his third goal of the post-season and fifth point in three games.
Henry Vadnais got Dryden on the board at 9:06 with some determination in front of the net, eventually banging a shot past Lakers’ goalie Jameson Shortreed after his first attempt was stymied.
But Stevenson earned that goal back after putting the moves on Friesen to record the hat trick and round out the scoring.
Ryan Wildman and Jace Baldwin each tallied a pair of assists for the Lakers.
Dryden’s tandem of Timmerman and Friesen made just 16 saves combined while Shortreed was sharp when needed, turning aside 27 shots in all.
The Lakers will visit Sioux Lookout tomorrow night, then return home to wrap up the pre-season with a Sunday matinee against the expansion Wisconsin Wilderness.
Game time is set for 2:30 p.m.
The Lakers will open the regular season here next Friday (Sept. 17) against the defending SIJHL champion Fort William North Stars.