Back on Oct. 20, the Fort Frances Lakers were in third place riding a three-game winning streak.
How things have changed.
The Lakers were dumped 9-3 by the host English River Miners on Tuesday night to extend their losing skid to five-straight games while dropping to fifth place in the SIJHL standings.
English River took a 2-1 lead on first-period goals by Zak Albers and Michael Di Lullo.
Anthony Antonelli netted a power-play goal for the Lakers.
The Miners then broke it open with a seven-goal outburst in the second, including four before the period was 10 minutes old.
It began with Tucker Evans' first SIJHL tally 96 seconds into the frame before Stratton Pickett and Matt O'Neill connected in quick order to make it 5-1.
Terix Fischer-Kobes' initial goal of the season at 9:28 padded the Miners' cushion.
Jaedin Ness got one back for the Lakers on the power play—only to see the Miners' strike three times before the end of the period from Spencer Milne, Cody Milgate, and Colton Cameron.
Jack Bernie's fourth goal of the campaign with seven minutes to go rounded out the scoring.
Westin Cardwell made 27 saves to record the win.
Brett Akins started for the Lakers and suffered the loss.
Rob Ivy also saw action on the night as the duo faced 47 shots in total.
With the win, the Miners (6-9-0-1) moved into fourth place with 13 points, one up on the Lakers (5-9-1-1).
The Thief River Falls Norskies (15-0-0-0) remain unbeaten to lead the six-team league with 30 points.
The Dryden GM Ice Dogs (10-2-2-1) sit in second place with 23 points, followed by the Thunder Bay North Stars (9-5-2-0) in third at 20.
The Minnesota Iron Rangers (1-11-0-2) occupy the basement with just four points.
The Lakers next host the Iron Rangers tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Then they're off for a week until the North Stars visit the following Friday (Nov. 17).
Editor's note: The above article was compiled based on information posted on the SIJHL website.