The Fort Frances Lakers finally got back into the win column over the weekend.
A Chase Robideau goal 13:40 into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Lakers beat the visiting Red Lake Miners 5-3 on Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena that snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Reece Hopfner opened the scoring for the Lakers just 84 seconds into the game with his fourth goal of the season.
Red Lake got that one back midway through the frame off the stick of Keegan Tiringer but Noah Loveday put Fort Frances back on top a few minutes later.
The back-and-forth affair saw the Miners’ Connor Jacobs tie it at 2-2 with the lone marker of the middle stanza.
Taking advantage of a power-play chance, Kirk Coppock put the Lakers back in front at 5:41 of the third with his 10th of the season.
He also dished out two assists for a three-point night.
Robideau then doubled the Fort Frances cushion with 6:20 left in regulation time.
Continuing to battle, Red Lake drew within one when Bryce Young notched his league-leading 33rd goal with two-and-a-half minutes to go.
But Nick Lucas sealed the victory with an empty-netter in the late stages.
Matt Booth made 33 saves to earn the win while Zach Willms faced 38 shots in taking the loss.
On Friday night, Dante Tisi tallied once and added two assists as the Miners rolled to a 7-3 win over the Lakers at the Cochenour Arena.
Fort Frances did score first on a Brett Hahkala effort at 1:43, but Red Lake countered with a trio of tallies before the opening frame came to a close on markers from Tisi, Young, and Caleb Paisley.
Stratton Pickett, Jacobs, and Spencer Milne (short-handed) as the hosts scored three more times in the second for a 6-1 lead.
Lucas got one back for the Lakers later in the frame as he clicked on the power play at 14:34 to trim it to 6-2.
Cole Allan picked up another for Fort Frances midway through the third to halve the lead, but Young rounded out the scoring late with his second of the night to seal the win.
Willms made 32 saves to earn the win while Lakers’ starting goalie Jacob Gnidziejko allowed three goals on 10 shots in just over 13 minutes of work.
Booth suffered the loss in lengthy relief while handling 22-of-26 attempts fired his way.
The fifth-place Lakers (10-15-0-0) resume action this Friday night they host the fourth-place Dryden GM Ice Dogs (10-11-2-1) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Thunder Bay North Stars (19-1-1-0) still lead the SIJHL while the Miners (18-5-1-0) are second.
The Thief River Falls Norskies (13-8-3-1) sit in third while the Minnesota Iron Rangers (2-23-0-0) remain mired in the league basement.