Lakers stunned by Ironheads


It was inevitable that the expansion Iron Range Ironheads were going to pick up their first ever SIJHL victory at some point during the 2011/12 season.
But unfortunately for the Fort Frances Lakers, they would be the ones who would give the Ironheads that honour.
The league-leading Lakers were stunned last night in Chisholm as they fell 3-2 to the Ironheads, which gave the first year franchise their first ever SIJHL triumph in 13 attempts.
Justin Becton, Christopher Andre, and Karl Poss all scored for the Ironheads in the historic victory, with goaltender Colton Ishmael making 32 saves to earn the game’s first star honours.
As for the Lakers, forward Henry Gutierrez scored both goals for the squad with netminder Tanner Hamilton turning aside 29 shots.
The loss was the third for the Lakers in their last four games, and puts them at a 14-5-2 record for the season, leaving them still just two points ahead of the Wisconsin Wilderness in the league standings.
The Wilderness, who have only played 17 games this season compared to the 21 that the Lakers have participated in thus far, can move into a tie for top spot in the standings if they can defeat the Dryden Ice Dogs tomorrow night in Spooner, Wisc.
Meanwhile, the Lakers will have this weekend off before their next contest on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., when they will welcome the Duluth Clydesdales to the Ice for Kids Arena.
Following that contest, the Lakers will hit the road for a two game road trip next weekend that will see them play the Thunder Bay North Stars on Nov. 18 and the Clydesdales the next night.