The Fort Frances Lakers were on the road for the second straight game with a stop in Dryden, Ontario on September 26th to face the Dryden Ice Dogs in Superior International Junior Hockey League action. The Lakers were coming off a 6 – 1 loss on September 23rd in Thief River Falls, Minnesota to the Norskies.
Sinking his first of the season was Laker Asher Chorney to give Fort Frances a 1 – 0 lead 2:44 into the opening period with Jordan Sgro adding the helper on Chroney shorthanded goal. Nick Lucas fired his first of the 2017 – 2018 season for the visitors at the 5:09 mark of the period with Jaedin Ness and Charlie Wilkie notching the assists. 33 seconds before the halfway mark of the first, Anthony Antonelli and Wilkie set up Hunter Buzzi’s first of the season to bring the Lakers lead to 3 – 0. Sgro sends a pass to Ness for his first of the season to increase the lead to 4 – 0 at 1:58 of the middle stanza. Tristan Knott finds the bank of Fort Frances goaltender Rob Ivy’s net 12:54 into the second for the Ice Dogs first of the contest. Brandon Lawson drew the contributor in Knott’s goal.
Skylar Lentz brought the Lakers lead to 5 – 1 only 55 seconds into the third with his first. Ian Tookenay and Julian Uryniuk registered the assists on Lentz’s goal. At 6:19 of the period, Eric Stout scores an unassisted power play goal for Dryden to pull the Ice Dogs within three. Jacen Bracko sinks the hosts second power play marker of the period at 15:54 with Stout and Knott adding the helpers. Bracko and Josh Sylvain set up Luke Bellerose of the Ice Dogs to close the gap to one at 19:03 of the period. With time ticking down, Trey Palermo finds the back of the Laker net with 13 seconds left to even the game 5 – 5 for Dryden. Cory Dennis and Stout had the assists on Palermo’s tying goal.
In the shootout, Bracko had the lone goal for the Ice Dogs while Damien Caringi and Jaedin Ness sank one each for the Lakers to give Fort Frances their first win of the 2017 – 2018 season. Laker goaltender Rob Ivy turned away 49 of 54 shots in the win in Dryden on Tuesday evening.
Laker coach Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network that “this is never the way you want to win with giving up a substantial lead, but our theme was we weren’t here to impress anyone we just wanted two points and we got that. We can take a lot of positives out of the game and we need to learn how to play with the lead giving up a three goal lead in game one and then a four goal lead in the third tonight, this will always come to haunt you. I thought we took to may penalties, we made a lot of soft turnovers and you can’t give a good offensive team those opportunities to keep clicking.”
We owe a lot of this win to our goaltender Rob Ivy, he was unreal tonight. Friday we need to play sixty minutes, play to our strengths and we will work on some of our areas we need to improve on in the next few days” said Strachan.
The Lakers will now face the English River Miners on the road on September 29th in Red Lake with a 7:30 p.m puck drop.