Coming off a 6 – 2 loss in Dryden, Ontario to the Ice Dogs on October 7th, the Fort Frances Lakers returned to the ice on October 11th when they headed to Thunder Bay to meet the North Stars in Superior International Junior Hockey League action.
Troy Sherman sinks the North Stars first goal of the contest behind Laker goaltender Rob Ivy at 14:13 of the opening period with MacKenize Flett and Charlie Corness adding the assists. Cameron Birkeland found the back of former Fort Frances netminder Brandon Bodnar at 8:27 of the middle stanza to pull the Lakers even 1 – 1 with Jaden Gustafson and Ian Jarvis notching the helpers. Carter Chorney gives the visitors a 2 – 1 lead 36 seconds past the halfway mark of the period with Skylar Lentz and Charlie Wilkie registering the contributors for Fort Frances. Brendan Gillis scores the tying goal at 16:34 of the second to tie the game 2 – 2 for Thunder Bay with Bradley Thrower and Dustin Roitelman setting up Gillis’ goal.
Keighan Garrie and Alex Maticic had the assists on Avery Siau’s go – ahead goal for the hosts at 17:47 of the period to send the North Stars into the second intermission up 3 – 2. Ian Tookenay sunk the lone goal of the third 57 seconds into the final period to even the game 3 – 3 for Fort Frances with Wilkie and Nick Lucas adding the helpers. 44 seconds into the first overtime, Keighan Gerrie finds the back of Ivy’s net for the overtime winner to give Thunder Bay a 4 – 3 win. Joe Newhouse and Siau notched the contributors on Gerrie’s game winner. Rob Ivy stopped 29 of 33 shots in the Lakers overtime loss in Thunder Bay.
Laker coach Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network that “we got off to a flat start and allowed them to get the jump on us. I thought we showed good resilience in the early part of the second and pressured and played a fast game causing turnovers and scoring chances. We get our second goal and the lead and then we are notorious for letting off and that’s what happened. A couple mental mistakes that have cost us all year lead to them coming away with a 3-2 lead. I thought we played a good third but just didn’t have enough to finish with a win. We have to learn if we want to be an elite team in this league we need to be prepared and play sixty minutes of hockey.”
”Charlie is a player that has great offensive instincts. He joins the rush and makes plays that lead to opportunities. He is game is improving and he needs to continue to work hard on defense to get his offensive opportunities” said Strachan.
Fort Frances will now head to Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota to meet the Iron Rangers on Saturday October 14th in a 7:00 pm (CST) start.