Bryce Young recorded his fifth hat trick of the season as part of a six-goal barrage in the second period to help the Red Lake Miners to a 7-3 win over the Fort Frances Lakers on Tuesday night at the Cochenour Arena.
The Lakers started strong as they opened the scoring just 27 seconds into the game on Isaac Baron’s 10th goal of the season.
It stayed that way until early in the second when the second-place Miners (28-13-2-0) struck twice before the frame was four minutes old to go up 2-1.
Shaye Sommerfeld tied it at 1:26 with his 13th marker before Young notched his SIJHL-leading 47th a couple of shifts later.
The Miners added another at 6:21 thanks to Keegan Tiringer, which extended a consecutive-point streak to seven games for the Leoville, Sask. native.
The hosts then chased Lakers’ goalie Jacob Gnidziejko moments later when Young scored his second of the night, with the Lakers opting to bring in Matt Booth in relief.
Going to the power play shortly after that, Brett Hahkala countered at 8:54 to bring the Lakers back to within 4-2 with half-a-game remaining.
But the Miners kept pouring it in as Tiringer tacked on another marker three minutes later to restore the three-goal cushion.
Then it was more from Young late in the frame as he capped his hat trick to make it 6-2 after 40 minutes.
Michael Di Lullo reached the 25-goal plateau with a short-handed effort early in the third before MacKenzie Flett capped the scoring at 5:28.
Ethan Stuckless, Keilan Toews, and Morgan Venne chipped in with two assists apiece to aid the Miners’ onslaught.
Zach Willms made 24 saves to earn the win.
Gnidziejko suffered the loss in allowing four goals on 23 shots while Booth handled 13-of-16 attempts fired his way.
Earlier Tuesday, the SIJHL announced make-up dates for the Lakers’ home-and-home series against the Dryden GM Ice Dogs that was postponed last month due to bus issues for both teams.
The game that was scheduled for Jan. 25 here in Fort Frances now will be played on Sunday, March 3 at 1:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Then the game that was scheduled for the following night in Dryden now will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 there.
The fifth-place Lakers (13-24-2-1) next will be in action tomorrow and Saturday for back-to-back road games against the last-place Minnesota Iron Rangers (3-37-0-0).