They say a two-goal lead in hockey is the hardest to protect, but the Fort Frances Lakers found that to be untrue last night.
The Lakers (6-17-1-1) couldn't hold a pair of one-goal leads as the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs (18-3-4-1) rallied for 3-2 victory.
It was the Lakers' eighth loss in a row.
After a scoreless first period, Lakers' captain Julian Uhryniuk opened the scoring at 12:05 of the second.
But in what became the theme for the night, that lead evaporated early in the third period when Jacen Bracko buried his 20th of the season.
The Lakers responded just 13 seconds later, though, re-taking the lead again on Jack Bernie's goal.
But Cory Dennis tied it 2-2 at 10:58, then Trey Palermo capped the comeback at 11:42 to give Dryden the victory.
Landon Pavlisin earned the win in goal, finishing with 20 saves.
Ismael Ralsten took the loss despite stopping 28 shots.
Shots on goal favoured Dryden by a 31-22 margin.
The Lakers went 0-for-7 with the man-advantage while the Ice Dogs were 0-for-3.
The Thief River Falls Norskies (26-1-0-0) remain atop the six-team SIJHL, with Dryden in second and the Thunder Bay North Stars (16-7-3-0) in third.
The English River Miners (9-12-0-3) occupy fourth place while the Lakers remain in fifth place.
The Minnesota Iron Rangers (2-21-1-2) still sit in the basement.
The Lakers are back in action tomorrow when they host the Ice Dogs at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The team also will hold its annual food and toy drive tomorrow.
Fans are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or a food item to the game, which they can drop off in the arena lobby, to help those less fortunate this Christmas season.
These, in turn, will be donated to the United Native Friendship Centre's “Adopt-a-Family” program.