The Fort Frances Lakers have inched a little closer to the peak of the national Junior ‘A’ mountain.
After running their winning streak to nine games, the squad moved up one spot to No. 4 in the CJHL’s weekly top 20 rankings announced yesterday.
The Lakers (16-2) hold a seven-point lead over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs (11-4-1-2) for first place in the SIJHL.
But they have plenty of work to do to match the top-ranked Penticton Vees (BCHL), who have won 22-straight to retain top spot in the rankings.
The defending RBC Cup national champion Portage Terriers (MJHL) and Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) also edged up one place this week, moving to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
All three benefitted from a rare loss by the reigning Dudley Hewitt Cup champion Soo Thunderbirds, whose setback pushed them down from No. 2 last week to No. 5 this week.
The Lakers are on an extended break until Nov. 24, when they head to Hoyt Lakes to face the Minnesota Iron Rangers.
Their next home game is Nov. 27 against Dryden.