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Lakers fall to Pistons again

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With all the shots flying in his direction, Pierce Dushenko must have felt like he was in the middle of a “Duck Dynasty” episode—playing the role of the duck.

The Steinbach Pistons outshot the Fort Frances Lakers 50-16 as the MJHL runners-up from last season completed a home-and-home pre-season sweep with a 4-1 win there Friday night.

Dushenko was under fire all night, although he kept the game scoreless through the first period despite the Pistons outshooting the Lakers 14-4.

Jordan Bochinski opened the scoring at 5:37 of the second, then Mackenzie Graham made it 2-0 at 13:38.

Brad Schoonbaert widened the lead just 39 seconds into the third before Hayden Goderis tallied at 9:42 for a 4-0 advantage.

Zach Bennett finally got the Lakers on the scoreboard with 57 seconds left, with recently-signed newcomer Christian Ripley and Craig Murray getting assists.

Jeremy Wik started between the pipes for the Pistons, who faced just six shots in the first half of the game.

He then gave way to Roman Bengert, who turned aside nine of 10 shots the rest of the way.

The Lakers (0-3) wrap up pre-season play tonight when they host the Minnesota Iron Rangers at 7:30 p.m. at the Couchiching Arena.

Minnesota topped the Lakers 3-1 in Hoyt Lakes back on Sept. 2.

The SIJHL regular season begins this weekend although the two-time defending champion Lakers don’t play until Sept. 22, when they’ll face the English River Miners in Ear Falls.

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