The Fort Frances Lakers made sure not to go on another lengthy slide.
And with only 11 games left in the regular season, it’s best to stop the bleeding now.
Jaedin Ness scored twice to lead the Lakers to a 6-3 win over the lowly Minnesota Iron Rangers last night in Hoyt Lakes that snapped the squad’s six-game losing streak.
Lakers’ captain Julian Uhryniuk opened the scoring 7:11 into the first period on a feed from Dustin Roitelman and Noah Loveday.
Jack Bernie and Ness then tallied in the second frame to extend the lead to 3-0.
Mihali See notched his seventh marker of the season at 16:31 to trim it to 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Nick Lucas netted his 16th of the campaign 3:26 into the third to regain the Lakers’ three-goal cushion.
After Aaron Koivunen narrowed the gap with a power-play marker just under two minutes later, Ness then notched his second of the game at 6:24 to make it 5-2.
The Iron Rangers got one back at 17:25 off the stick of Matt Butler, but Adam Withers capped the scoring when he fired home an empty-netter with 22 seconds to go.
Ismael Ralsten turned aside 29 shots to earn the win.
Tyler Thompson finished with 30 stops in taking the loss as shots on goal favoured Fort Frances by a 36-32 margin.
Minnesota went 2-for-7 with the man-advantage while the Lakers were 0-for-2.
The Lakers (12-28-1-4) are back in action tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. when they kick-off a four-game homestand against the fourth-place English River Miners (22-17-0-4) at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Then they’ll welcome the second-place Dryden GM Ice Dogs (29-6-6-2) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. before squaring off against the Iron Rangers (4-37-1-2) again in a 2 p.m. matinee on Family Day (Feb. 19).
The Lakers will wrap up their homestand next Friday (Feb. 23) at 7:30 p.m. against the Miners.