Lakers rally to beat Miners


The English River Miners weren’t going to go away on their own.
So the Fort Frances Lakers made them disappear with an offensive landslide.
The Lakers scored four unanswered goals in the final eight minutes of the third period to turn a 4-4 tie into an 8-4 victory Friday night in Ear Falls.
Colton Spicer’s power-play goal at 12:33 of the third proved to be the eventual game-winner for the first-place Lakers (7-1-0-1).
Jake Holland followed with his second of the night at 15:58 before Bryson Jasper and Aaron Wesley-Chisel tallied 24 seconds apart in the final two minutes to cap the onslaught.
The Lakers had trailed 3-1 more than halfway into the second period, but used a 35-15 shot advantage over the last two stanzas to score seven of the game’s final eight goals.
Mason Meyer (power play) and Gordon Campbell, with his first goal as a Laker, had the other markers.
Kirk Coppock netted a pair of goals, including one on the power play, to lead still-winless English River (0-7-0-1).
Ryker Moreau and Eric Champagne also had man-advantage goals on a rare night where the Miners’ power play (3-for-7) was more effective than the Lakers’ top-ranked unit, which went 2-for-5.
Five different Lakers collected multiple points, led by Holland (three).
Meanwhile, newcomer Luke Galatiuk posted his first point since joining the squad two games ago with a second-period assist on Holland’s first marker.
Ryan Ferguson made 22 saves to up his record to a spotless 4-0 while Greg Harney had 35 saves in a losing cause.
The Lakers next welcome the third-place Minnesota Iron Rangers (4-1-0-1) to the Ice For Kids Arena tonight at 7:30 p.m.
In related news, the Lakers moved up one spot to No. 10 in the CJHL’s top 20 rankings.
The Portage Terriers (MJHL), which will host the RBC Cup in the spring and feature Fort natives Nolan and Davis Ross on their roster, currently holds the top position.