Lakers’ skid hits four games


The Red Lake Miners got three points apiece from Spencer Milne and Jordan Baranesky as they rolled to a 7-2 romp over the Fort Frances Lakers last night in SIJHL action at the Cochenour Arena.
The Lakers saw their record fall to 18-27-3-2 with the loss and have now dropped four straight.
Fort Frances did open the scoring last night midway through the first period as Ben Hoefler backhanded one in from close range for his 11th goal of the season.
But Red Lake roared back in the middle stanza, however, by striking four times to go ahead 4-1 after 40 minutes.
Power-play markers from Keilan Toews and Jordan Baranesky put the hosts in front before late efforts in the frame courtesy of Rajvir Sanga and Shaye Sommerfeld extended the cushion.
In the third, the Miners (31-17-3-2) kept coming and got another as a Howe man-advantage goal at 6:33 was his 20th overall in this his rookie year in the SIJHL.
Moments later Milne added his 24th of the campaign as Red Lake went up by five.
A deft deflection by Dallen Bulger in front saw him pick up his first league tally with eight and a half minutes to play to make it 7-1.
The Lakers then rounded out the scoring at 15:46 as Stone Stelzl wheeled out of the corner and snapped in his 17th through a crowd.
Zach Willms made 27 saves to earn the win while Alex Bugeja turned aside 37 shots to take the loss for the Lakers.
The Lakers are back in action tonight when they host the rival Dryden GM Ice Dogs (23-24-4) at 7 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Fort Frances then will end the week with a home-and-home set against the league-leading Thunder Bay North Stars (33-15-3).
Thunder Bay will host the opener on Friday night at the Fort William Gardens while the Lakers will host the finale the following night at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.