Lakers salvage weekend with win


After allowing two-goal leads to slip away here against the Dryden Ice Dogs on Wednesday night and then the league-leading Wisconsin Wilderness on Friday, the Fort Frances Lakers made sure that situation didn’t repeat itself yesterday afternoon.
The Lakers jumped in front early and never looked back as they skated to a 5-1 triumph over the expansion Iron Range Ironheads in Chisholm, snapping the team’s two-game losing skid.
Leading the way on offence was Jordan Christianson, who netted a pair of goals and also had an assist.
His linemates, Byron Katapaytuk and Ryan Wildman, also contributed to the cause.
Katapaytuk tallied once and assisted on one of Christianson’s third-period markers while Wildman chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Connor Hady and Alex Bruess also scored for the Lakers, with goalie Tyler Ampe turning aside 22 shots.
Yesterday’s win helped wash out the bitter taste of their setback Friday night to the Wilderness at the Ice For Kids Arena here, where the visitors erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period before winning in a shootout.
Wilderness forward Mike Dietrich led the comeback, scoring a pair of goals in a two-and-a-half minute span to knot things up in the final stanza.
He then made a slick move in front of the net to score the lone goal in the shootout.
At the other end of the rink, goalie Tanner Milliron stood out between the pipes, stopping the attempts by Katapaytuk, Christianson, and Jordan Larson to seal the comeback win.
Marty McFadden and Merritt Rysavy scored for the Lakers during regulation time.
The Lakers (19-6-4) remain in second place in the SIJHL standings with 42 points.
The defending Bill Salonen Cup champ Wilderness are three points ahead of the Lakers at 22-3-1, and also hold three games in hand.
The Lakers now have a few days off before they head to Sioux Lookout on Friday for a game against the Flyers.
Then they’ll host the Dryden Ice Dogs on Saturday (Dec. 10) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.