The (1 – 3 – 1) Fort Frances Lakers hosted the (0 – 3 – 1) Minnesota Iron Rangers in Fort Frances, Ontario at the Ice for Kids Arena on October 6th in Superior International Junior Hockey League action. The Lakers were coming off of a 5 – 1 loss on September 30th on home ice to the Dryden Ice Dogs heading into Friday’s match – up.
Fort Frances Damien Caringi opened the scoring for the hosts 39 seconds past the half mark of the first with Noah Loveday and Hunter Buzzi adding the contributors on Caringi’s fourth of the season. Nick Lucas sinks the second goal of Fort Frances at 11:43 of the period with Ian Tookenay and Jaedin Ness drawing the helpers on Lucas’ second of the 2017 – 2018 season. At 12:30 of the first, Zach Hayes finds the back of Laker goaltender Brett Atkins net close the gap to for the Iron Rangers. Eli Kinsman and Jackson Nelson had the assists on Hayes’s goal. Scoring his third of the season for Fort Frances was Jaedin Ness to bring the Lakers lead to 3 – 1 with Cameron Birkeland and Tookenay notching the contributors 1:53 into the second.
Nick Lucas increases the lead to 4 – 1 at the 1:53 mark of the period with Ness and Mitch Kocsis adding the helpers on Lucas’ goal. Finding the net for the first time in the regular season in a Laker jersey, Charlie Wilkie sunk Fort Frances fifth of the contest with Mark Ritcher and Tookenay registering the assists. Zac Horn and Joel Nagy set up Eli Kinsman’s power play goal for Minnesota at 16:54 of the second. With 2:02 left in the game, Ian Jarvis notches the final goal of the game to give the hosts a 6 – 2 win over the Iron Rangers. Carter Chorney and Skylar Lentz added the helpers on Jarvis’ first of the season. Brett Atkins made 28 saves the Lakers second win of the 2017 – 2018 SIJHL season.
Laker coach Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network that “the team came out with hunger and jump and we drove the net hard. When you work and stick to the game plan you create opportunities and breaks and that’s what we did. We scored some nice goals and we scored some goals that were lucky because of our work ethic. We played our closest game to 60 minutes tonight.”
When asked about Ian Tookenay’s game this evening “Ian is a young guy who is learning but is a intelligent hockey player. He listens and understands the game. He works hard to improve and has a great stick that creates opportunities for his line to get get opportunities. He is a little snake bitten around the net but he has a great upside to his game.”
Next action for Fort Frances will be on October 7th when they head to Dryden to face the (4 – 0 – 1) Ice Dogs in a 7:30 p.m (CST) puck drop.