Landen Matechuk was recognized as the SIJHL’s best player for the first portion of the season earlier yesterday.
The Fort Frances Lakers clearly were not that impressed.
Matechuk, named the Gongshow Gear Inc. performer-of-the-month for October, was held off the scoresheet last night as his English River Miners became the Lakers’ sixth-straight victim in a 5-2 loss in Ear Falls.
The Lakers (13-2) scored four-straight goals after the Miners (5-9-1-3) had tied the game 1-1 on SIJHL leader Konnar Dechaine’s 14th goal of the year.
That came just 1:21 after Carter Chorney had opened the scoring for the Lakers.
Julian Uhryniuk (power play) made it 2-1 at 9:21 before Christian Ripley and Jack Bernie added second-period goals.
Cole Tymkin tacked on another marker early in the third before Ryker Moreau closed out the scoring for English River.
Pierce Dushenko made 35 saves to win his sixth-straight start and improve to 10-1 on the season.
He now leads the SIJHL in wins and save percentage (.922) while lowering his GAA to 2.40.
Korlan Vader allowed four goals on 25 shots for the Miners before Reid Kilburn took over to start the third.
The Lakers, who held English River without a goal in four power-play chances last night, now have killed off their last 22 short-handed situations.
Now seven points clear of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs (9-4-1) in the race for first place, the Lakers are back on home ice tomorrow night when they host the cellar-dwelling Thunder Bay North Stars (6-9-0-1) at 7:30 p.m.
But the North Stars are the only team to beat the Lakers so far this season.
Tomorrow also will mark the Lakers’ annual Remembrance Day game, with free admission for all Legion members.
A pre-game ceremony honouring veterans also will be held before the opening face-off.