The Fort Frances Lakers keep rolling—and their stock is rising again on a nation-wide basis.
Dylan Robertson netted the game-winner at 7:21 of the third period as the Lakers beat the host Minnesota Iron Rangers 5-3 on Saturday night to earn their third-straight victory.
The Lakers (6-1) let a 3-0 lead slip away but recovered in time to move into first place of the SIJHL—one point ahead of the Iron Rangers (5-4-1) and Dryden GM Ice Dogs (5-1-1).
The Lakers also moved up in the CJHL’s top 20 weekly rankings—rising from No. 16 to No. 11 this week.
Robertson’s marker came just 36 seconds after Dalton Johnson’s short-handed goal had drawn Minnesota even.
“Well, it was big as we were in a little bit of a lull continued over from the later part of the second period, where we had given them momentum,” noted Lakers’ head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan.
“So we needed this to change that and it did,” he added.
“After the goal, we settled down in our game and played better to earn the win.”
Robertson, Cole Tymkin (two goals), and Andrew Willner displayed plenty of promise as a newly-formed line with a combined seven points on the night.
Nick Minerva and Dylan Kooner (empty-netter) also scored while Brandon Bodnar made 25 saves as the Lakers improved to 3-0 against Minnesota this season.
Tristan Knott (power play) and Dan Sarnecki also tallied for the Rangers, with Kyle Carignan turning aside 28 shots in a losing cause.
In related news, tonight’s game between the Lakers and visiting English River Miners (3-4-1-2) has been postponed.
The league announced yesterday that the Miners’ bus experienced mechanical problems that could not be repaired in time to travel here.
A make-up date has yet to be announced.
The Lakers then will be in Dryden tomorrow night to face the Ice Dogs.
Their next home game isn’t until Saturday, Oct. 24, when they’ll host the Thunder Bay North Stars.