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Lakers put a muzzle on Ice Dogs

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The Fort Frances Lakers used a pair of first-period power-play goals to nab a 5-1 road win over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs last night in SIJHL action at the Memorial Arena in Dryden.

The game originally was supposed to take place at the Lac Seul Events Centre, but ice plant issues at the venue resulted in the game needing to be moved back to Dryden.

Special teams helped the Lakers (17-24-3-1) gain the early edge as they registered man-advantage efforts from defencemen Kiernan Bailey and Matthew Dyck to jump out a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

It was more Fort Frances in the middle stanza as they tallied twice more, getting goals in the back half of the session from Brett Hahkala, with his first of the season, and Tyler Malpass to go up by four after 40 minutes.

Then in the third, the fourth-place Ice Dogs (20-21-4) finally got on the board just past the five-minute mark as Justin Pitari notched his team-leading 24th goal of the year to trim it to 4-1.

But Ben Hoefler bagged his 10th of the season with seven-and-a-half minutes to play to round out the scoring for the Lakers.

Dean Buchholz was stellar in turning aside 42 of the 43 shots he faced to record the win for the Lakers while Jacob Anthony faced 49 attempts for Dryden in defeat.

The last-place Lakers will resume action tomorrow night when they host the fifth-place Wisconsin Lumberjacks (19-24-3-1) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Fort Frances then will welcome the Ice Dogs on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena in a make-up game for the one that was postponed back on Jan. 10.

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