Lakers earn road win vs. GM Ice Dogs

DRYDEN, Ont. – The Fort Frances Lakers picked up a pair of first period power play markers to help send them on their way to an eventual 5-1 decision over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs Wednesday evening in Superior International Junior Hockey League play at Memorial Arena.

Special teams helped the Lakers gain the early edge as they registered man advantage efforts from defencemen Kiernan Bailey and Matthew Dyck to give the guests a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

It was more Fort Frances in the second stanza as they tallied twice more, getting even strength goals in the back half of the session from Brett Hahkala and Tyler Malpass to go up by four after 40 minutes.

In the third, Dryden got on the board at 5:03 as Justin Pitari notched his team-leading 24th marker of the campaign with assists going to Xavier Halterman and Parker James.

Getting that back, Ben Hoefler bagged his 10th of the season with seven and a half minutes to play to help put the game out of reach as his effort rounded out the scoring.

Lakers’ netminder Dean Buchholz turned aside 42 of the 43 shots he faced to record the win while Jacob Anthony faced 49 attempts for Dryden in defeat.

Photo credit: Kerri-Ann Kanceruk