After a 6 – 5 shootout win on September 26th in Dryden over the Ice Dogs, the Fort Frances Lakers return to action to face the English River Miners at the Cochenour Arena in Red Lake, Ontario on September 29th in Superior International Junior Hockey League regular season action.
At 7:45 of the second period, Damien Caringi fires the opening goal for the Lakers to give Fort Frances a 1 – 0 lead with Noah Loveday and Mark Ritcher adding the assists on Carini’s third of the 2017 – 2018 season. Ethan Wong finds the back of Laker Rob Ivy’s net at 14:02 of the period to even the game 1 – 1 for the Miners. Ryan Patterson and Matt O’Neill drew the contributors on Wong’s goal. Jaedin Ness sinks the go – ahead for the visitors at 15:49 of the period to send the Lakers into the first intermission up 2 – 1. Nick Lucas and Ian Tookenay set up Ness’ second of the season.
With an unassisted goal 38 seconds into the final period, Matt O’Neill scores English River’s tying goal for the Miners to tie the game 2 – 2. Dante Raposo and Michael Di Lullo register the hosts third of the game at 8:58 of the period to give English River a 3 – 2 lead. With Fort Frances Ivy on the bench for an extra attacker, Wong fires an empty unassisted goal at 19:35 of the third to give the Miners a 4 – 2 win over the Lakers. Fort Frances goaltender Rob Ivy made 23 saves in the Lakers loss on Friday evening in Red Lake.
Laker coach Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network that “tonight’s games was a game where I felt we were in control after the second period. However the third period comes to haunt us again. We go in with the lead but cannot find the answer to close the game out once again. We had our chances but we couldn’t find the back of the net.”
“We need to learn from our experiences and quit shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to find that desperation and urgency needed to win hockey games” said Strachan.
The Lakers return home to finish the month of September on the 30th when they host the Dryden Ice Dogs at the Ice for Kids Arena in a 7:30 p.m (CST) start.