Despite losing 5-1 decision to the defending SIJHL champion Wisconsin Wilderness in Spooner on Saturday, the Fort Frances Lakers regained their four-point lead in the standings with a 4-3 win over the host Duluth Clydesdales last night.
The Lakers, who improved to 14-3-2 on the season, were outshot 44-26 by the Clydesdales but still were able to escape with the victory thanks to an early third-period goal from Colton Spicer and a 41-save performance by Tanner Hamilton.
Leading the charge offensively for the Lakers was first-year forward Jordan Larson, who extended his SIJHL-best point total to 37 by netting three goals in three different ways (even strength, power play, and shorthanded).
Yesterday’s win came 24 hours after the squad was out-classed by their arch-rivals in the SIJHL standings in the Wilderness, who snapped the Lakers’ four-game road winning streak.
Anthony Calabrese led the Wilderness with a pair of goals and an assist while Byron Katapaytuk notched the loan marker for the Lakers.
The two squads will renew acquaintances tomorrow night (Nov. 8) when Wisconsin visits the Ice For Kids Arena.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
The Lakers then will hit the road again to take on the winless Iron Range Ironheads in Chisholm on Thursday (Nov. 10) before returning home next Tuesday (Nov. 15) to face the Clydesdales.