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It appears the Fort Frances Lakers aren't content with where they currently sit in the SIJHL standings.

The team announced early today it has made a pair of transactions.

Coming to the Lakers is 19-year-old forward Adam Withers from the Waywayseecappo Wolverines (MJHL) in exchange for forward Jeff Venzon and future considerations.

“Adam was a player we tried to get last year at the [trade] deadline but he was moved to [Waywayseecappo],” Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan said in a press release.

“When we had the opportunity this year, we went after him hard,” he noted.

“Adam is a good two-way player that can produce, and he is a welcome addition to the team.”

Through 21 games for the Wolverines this season, Withers recorded seven goals and six assists.

Also acquired by the Lakers was 19-year-old forward Christian Ward from the Oklahoma City Blazers (WSHL).

“Christian has played away from home the last year and a bit in the WSHL,” noted Strachan.

“Last season he scored 27 goals and he was off to a good start this year, as well,” he added.

“We are hoping some of that goal-scoring can translate into our lineup.”

In 16 games between the Blazers and the Southern Oregon Spartans, Ward tallied six goals and six assists.

Some other roster moves the Lakers have made recently include parting ways with forward Colton Yaremko and goalie Michael Binczyk, along with moving goalie Rob Ivy to the Minnesota Iron Rangers.

Strachan also noted forward Jaden Gustafson has left the team.

In the meantime, the Lakers added local product Brandon Kocuiba, who has suited up for two games with the team.

The Lakers (6-13-1-1) are back in action tonight when they host the SIJHL-leading Thief River Falls Norskies (21-1-0-0) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

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