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Lakers fall to Norskies


The Thief River Falls Norskies have been a handful for the Fort Frances Lakers so far this season.

That trend continued last night.

Mitchell Soderberg had a four-point night as the Norskies doubled the Lakers 4-2 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The loss was the Lakers' third-straight while they also fell to 0-5-0-1 in the season series against league-leading Thief River Falls (19-1-0-0).

The Lakers (6-12-1-1), who currently sit in fifth place in the six-team SIJHL, actually opened the scoring at 10:16 of the first on Skylar Lentz's goal off a Noah Loveday feed.

The Norskies tied it 1-1 at 16:34 when Parker Simonson netted his 19th of the season, with Soderberg drawing the lone assist.

Nick Lucas gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead at 8:37 of the second, with Loveday collecting his second assist of the night.

But the Norskies tied things up once again just under two minutes later when Soderberg buried his sixth of the season past Ismael Ralsten.

Michael Johnson gave the hosts their first lead just 31 seconds into the final frame when he connected on a feed from Simonson and Soderberg.

Pete Grytdahl then sealed the victory at 8:34, assisted by Soderberg, to cap the scoring.

Ralsten took the loss, finishing with 35 saves, while Bailey Schmitz made 32 stops to earn the win.

The teams went a combined 0-for-7 on the man-advantage, with shots on goal favouring the Norskies by a 39-34 margin.

The Lakers next are in Thunder Bay tomorrow night to face the third-place North Stars (10-7-3-0).

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs (14-2-2-1) occupy second place while the English River Miners (9-10-0-2) sit in fourth.

The Minnesota Iron Rangers (1-14-1-2) remain in the league basement.

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