Lakers split pair here


The Fort Frances Lakers were able to snap a three-game losing skid last week but couldn’t turn that into an extended winning streak over the weekend.
The Lakers blanked the Minnesota Iron Rangers 4-0 on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena to win their second in a row, but couldn’t keep that momentum going the following night as they fell 3-1 to the visiting Thief River Falls Norskies.
Michael Moreira’s first SIJHL goal 5:16 into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Norskies (6-6-2-1) claimed the road victory.
After rallying late for a win in Dryden the previous night, the Norskies kept it going in here as Boe Bjorge opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season midway through the first frame.
The Lakers (7-8-0-0) tied it with the lone marker of the middle stanza when Nick Lucas beat Norskies’ goalie Fletcher Bolda for his ninth of the season.
Moreira made it 2-1 in the third before defenceman Jake Eischen iced it with an empty-netter in the final seconds.
Bolda made 27 saves to earn the win while Jacob Gnidziejko stopped 31 in taking the loss.
On Friday night, Tyler Szturm turned aside all 24 shots he faced to post his first SIJHL shutout against the visiting Iron Rangers (2-13-0-0)
It took the Lakers just 27 seconds to open the scoring as Kirk Coppock collected his sixth of the campaign when he snapped a shot off the crossbar and in over Iron Rangers’ goalie Nick Corneliusen.
Jaedin Ness doubled the Lakers’ lead nearly seven minutes into the second when he capitalized on an Iron Rangers’ turnover and fired a shot past Corneliusen.
He and Lucas then set up Brett Hahkala for his third goal of the season at 11:45 as the home side went up by three after 40 minutes.
Defenceman Nate Drobnick capped the scoring early in the third when he netted his first SIJHL goal with a slapshot that went off Corneliusen’s glove and bounced into the net.
The fifth-place Lakers next are in action this Friday (Nov. 9) when they hit the road to battle the last-place Iron Rangers at 7 p.m. at the Hoyt Lakes Arena.
Then they’ll cap the week the following night when they host the third-place Norskies once again at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.