Lakers split road games


The Fort Frances Lakers hit the road for a pair of SIJHL contests over the weekend and came away with two different results.
After dropping a 4-2 decision to the Thunder Bay North Stars on Friday night, the Lakers bounced back Saturday night with a 5-2 triumph over the Duluth Clydesdales.
With Saturday’s win in Duluth, the Lakers improved their record to 16-6-2 on the season, leaving them tied with the Wisconsin Wilderness for the league lead at 34 points.
However, the Wilderness hold the tie-breaker over the Lakers by having more wins (17). The defending SIJHL champs also hold four games in hand.
The Lakers jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead in the first period Saturday night, with forward Colton Spicer leading the charge with a pair of goals and an assist.
Jaret Leclair, in his first game back in the lineup after serving a five-game suspension, scored a goal and assisted on two others in the victory.
Brett McMahon and Jon Carlson also hit the twine.
At the other end of the ice, Tanner Hamilton made 29 saves to earn the victory.
In Thunder Bay on Friday, the Lakers actually outshot the North Stars 30-22, thanks in large part to a 16-3 outburst in the third period.
But thanks to a trifecta of goals in the second period, it was the host squad who skated away with the victory.
Dane Morin and Byron Katapaytuk scored in a losing cause, with Connor Hady adding a pair of assists.
North Stars’ goalie Marc Nother turned aside 28 shots to lead his team to victory while the offence was sparked by Brandon Wolframe and Tyler Osborne, who each registered two assists.
Prior to the road trip, the Lakers made a switch to their roster as they released forward Kody Kennedy and brought in forward Jordan Christianson.
Kennedy, who had joined the team earlier this season from the Winkler Flyers, had a goal and five assists in 12 games with the Lakers.
Christianson, who hails from International Falls, had seven points in 22 games for the MJHL’s OCN Blizzard so far this season.
The Lakers now will be at home for their next four games, with the homestand beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the expansion Iron Range Ironheads coming to town.
Duluth then will invade the Ice For Kids Arena the following night.
A couple of events will coincide with these weekend games, starting with a team bake sale at 4 p.m. on Friday, along with a toy drive prior to the opening face-off.
Then a food drive will be held prior to Saturday’s game against the Clydesdales.