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Lakers blank ’Dogs

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Welcome back, Jack.

Newly-reacquired Jack Bernie scored in his season debut, and Pierce Dushenko stopped all 25 shots he faced, as the Fort Frances Lakers blanked the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs 4-0 last night.

The victory moved the two-time defending SIJHL champs three points ahead of the Ice Dogs atop the standings.

It also extended their current win streak to four-straight.

The Lakers (7-1) didn’t need any comeback heroics like they did in their last meeting with Dryden (5-2-1), when they rallied from a four-goal deficit in the third period to win 6-5 in overtime here back on Oct. 6.

Bernie, who played three games with the Lakers last season, was picked up this past week from the Selkirk Steelers (MJHL).

He made Lakers’ head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan look smart for doing so by finishing off a set-up from Ryley Bosman and Dustin Deugau at 10:48 of the first.

Dylan Robertson notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season at 13:20 on an unassisted short-handed effort.

Robbie Bonthron made it 3-0 with a power-play marker just 22 seconds into the second period.

Julian Uhryniuk closed out the scoring at 17:17 of the third against losing goalie Paul Laferriere.

The Lakers outshot Dryden 37-25 and did a much better job at staying disciplined throughout the game.

The Ice Dogs were tagged with three 10-minute misconducts and two game misconducts en route to 69 minutes in penalties.

The Lakers, on the other hand, only picked up one 10-minute misconduct and just 22 minutes in penalties in all.

Fort Frances next faces the host Thunder Bay North Stars this Saturday in the third of four-straight road games.

The Lakers’ next home game is Oct. 24 against the North Stars.

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