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Lakers handed pair of home losses

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It was a tough weekend at home for the Fort Frances Lakers as they lost back-to-back games at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Former Lakers' goalie Brandon Bodnar earned his second-straight shutout against his old team as the Thunder Bay North Stars skated to a 2-0 victory Friday night.

Ryan Mignault opened the scoring with a short-handed marker at 16:04 of the first period.

Dillon Ward then iced the game for the North Stars (10-6-3-0) with his ninth of the season at 8:13 of the third.

Bodnar finished with 36 saves to record the win while Ismael Ralsten took the loss.

Shots on goal favoured the Lakers by a 36-33 margin.

Then Saturday night, Cory Dennis scored twice and added an assist as the Dryden GM Ice Dogs edged the Lakers 5-4.

The Ice Dogs (13-2-2-1) got on the board first when Dennis netted his first unassisted at 7:03 of the opening period.

Dennis then doubled the visitor's lead just past the 10-minute mark.

Joseph Santalucia notched his first SIJHL goal to put the Lakers in a 3-0 hole just 5:08 into the second.

Ian Tookenay gave the Lakers some life—firing one home on the power play at 10:38 off a feed from Nick Lukas and Julian Uhyrniuk.

The lead was trimmed to 3-2 when Tookenay went in on a short-handed breakaway and roofed one past Dryden goalie Jacob Gnidziejko at 15:52.

But the wheels started to fall off once again for the Lakers in the third.

Malcolm Huemmert made it 4-2 after beating Ralsten at 11:49.

Eric Stout then pushed it to 5-2 just 52 seconds later off a feed from Dennis and Michael Sande.

The Lakers started to push back after that, with Jaedin Ness making it 5-3 when he buried his 10th of the season at 15:38.

Noah Loveday then made it a one-goal game just 11 seconds later with his seventh of the year.

But Gnidziejko stood tall for the Ice Dogs down the stretch, recording 27 saves to earn the win.

Shots on goal favoured Dryden by a 53-31 margin.

The Lakers went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Ice Dogs were 1-for-4.

With the losses, the Lakers (6-11-1-1) dropped back into fifth place with 14 points.

The squad next hits the road this Wednesday to face the SIJHL-leading Thief River Falls Norskies (18-1-0-0) at 7 p.m.

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