Lakers riding four-game win streak

Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers probably are wishing they could play the Minnesota Iron Rangers all the time.
Colton Bodnar and Nick Lucas each scored twice last night as the Lakers cruised to a 9-2 romp in Hoyt Lakes for their fourth-straight win.
Lucas also notched an assist as the Lakers won their third-consecutive game against last-place Minnesota.
The Iron Rangers actually opened the scoring when Mihali See netted this third of the season unassisted 8:11 into the opening period.
Jaedin Ness evened the score at 15:42 with his 18th of the season, with Ian Tookenay and Lucas earning the assists.
Fort Frances outshot Minnesota 23-9 over the first 20 minutes.
Lucas gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead just 1:10 into the second. Tookenay and Ian Jarvis then scored just 39 seconds apart to make it 4-1.
Bodnar, a Fort Frances native, recorded his first goal as a Laker at 12:10 to extend the lead to 5-1 after 40 minutes.
Anthony Antonelli, Bodnar, and Christian Ward tallied early in the third period to stake the Lakers to a commanding 8-1 lead.
Iron Rangers’ captain Mark Sanchez got one back at 11:19 with his 17th of the campaign.
But Lucas added insult to injury when he capped the scoring at 15:53 with a short-handed marker.
Dustin Roitelman drew the lone assist.
Brett Akins earned the win between the pipes, finishing with 27 saves.
Former Laker Rob Ivy again took the loss for the Iron Rangers, making 36 stops.
Shots on goal favoured Fort Frances by a 45-29 margin.
The fifth-place Lakers (10-20-1-3) now kick off a three-game homestand tomorrow night against the third-place Thunder Bay North Stars (20-11-3-0) at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Lakers then host the front-running Thief River Falls Norskies (28-3-0-0) on Tuesday night before welcoming the North Stars again next Friday (Jan. 26).
Game time is 7:30 p.m. for all three.
The Dryden GM Ice Dogs (25-3-5-1) are tied for the SIJHL lead with the Norskies, both sitting at 56 points.
The English River Miners (13-14-0-4) currently occupy fourth-place but now sit just six points up on the Lakers.
Minnesota (3-28-1-2) remains mired in the basement.