After 4 – 2 in Red Lake, Ontario 24 hours earlier to the English River Miners, the Fort Frances Lakers return to action at home against the Dryden Ice Dogs at the Ice for Kids Arena in Fort Frances on September 30th in Superior International Junior Hockey League action.
12:22 into the opening period, the Lakers take a 1 – 0 lead with Anthony Antonelli sinking his first of the 2017 – 2018 season with Damien Caringi and Hunter Buzzi adding the assists on Antonelli’s power play goal. Chris Atanas evens the game 1 – 1 at 16:21 of the first for the Ice Dogs with a pass from Chase Henrickson. 50 seconds into the middle stanza, Luke Bellerose finds the back of the Laker goaltender Rob Ivy’s net to give Dryden a 2 – 1 lead. Evan Walls drew the helper in Bellerose’s goal. With Dryden shorthanded at 8:19 of the second, Evan Walls brings the visitors lead to 3 – 1 with a Ice Dog unassisted goal.
Eric Stout and Evan Walls set up the Ice Dogs fourth of the contest 5:14 into the third on Wyatt Lawrence’s goal to give Dryden a 4 – 1 lead. 57 seconds past the halfway mark of the period, Evan Walls gives the Ice Dogs a 5 – 1 win with Bellerose and Lawrence registering the contributors. Fort Frances goaltender Rob Ivy stopped 38 of 43 shots in the Lakers 5 – 1 loss on Saturday evening.
Laker coach Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network that “I thought we played a strong first period battled hard and it was back and forth. Then bad mistakes cost us. Dryden is to good of a team to allow them to get momentum, force plays and have more than one chance in the offensive zone to create scoring chances. Bottom line we need to be better defensively.”
When asked what the Lakers need to change, Strachan said that “we need guys to buy into our systems and are work ethic. We are young in areas or have older guys who haven’t had the opportunity to play key roles and we need more of a commitment from them to getting the job done. We don’t have a bad squad we need to improve in areas as a group and learn consistency.”
The Minnesota Iron Rangers come into Fort Frances to face the Lakers at the Ice of Kids Arena in October 6th in a 7:30 p.m (CST) start.