Acquired from the Red Lake Miners for a player development fee last Thursday, Owen Lee wasted little time in shining with his new squad.
The 19-year-old scored twice and added two assists to help the Fort Frances Lakers earn a pair of victories over the weekend.
“I think I’m doing pretty good with this new team,” Lee enthused after scoring a pair of goals in the Lakers’ 6-4 win over the Thief River Falls Norskies on Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
“I’m enjoying every second of being with this new crew of guys,” he added.
“I think I fit in real well and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Lakers’ head coach/general manager Wayne Strachan also believes Lee will be a perfect fit on his squad.
“He’s a player that maybe never got a chance to play in the right role with the Miners,” he noted.
“Nothing against them, they have a good hockey team and a good core up front,” Strachan said of the Miners. “But they were looking to move him and I thought he was a guy that we could bring into the lineup and add some energy.
“He works hard, he battles hard, and the points are a bonus.
“It’s obviously a great start for him to come in and, you know, we hadn’t scored a power-play goal in I think five games and he gets two tonight and the game-winner.”
On Friday night, Lee notched two assists in the Lakers’ 5-2 win over the Minnesota Iron Rangers in Hoyt Lakes.
Acquiring Lee wasn’t the only move the Lakers made last week. On Friday, the team announced it had traded defenceman Dustin Roitelman to the French River Rapids (NOJHL) for a player development fee.
In 13 games with the Lakers this season, the 20-year-old notched a goal and three assists.
All told, Roitelman suited up in 41 games with the squad over parts of two seasons, in which he registered a marker and 13 assists while also adding two points in nine playoff games.
“We wish Dustin the best of luck and thank him for his time as a Lakers’ player,” Strachan said.
As for the pair of weekend wins, Lee’s second goal of the game on a power play 15 minutes into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the third-place Lakers (9-8-0-0) won a wild decision over the fourth-place Norskies (6-7-2-1).
Anthony Antonelli put the Lakers on the board with his first marker of the season with a slapshot at 7:25 of the first before Alec Daman countered for the Norskies during a man-advantage before the period was over.
After Brett Hahkala gave the Lakers the lead once again early in the second, defenceman