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Nick Minerva’s offensive break-out apparently has become contagious among his fellow defencemen.

Minerva had five assists to give him eight in the past two games, while Roshen Jaswal notched a hat trick and added a helper, as the Fort Frances Lakers dumped the English River Miners 7-1 on Saturday night in Cochenour.

After a scoreless first period, Andrew Willner struck at 1:06 of the second on a power play—the first of five tallies in the period for the Lakers (19-3-0-1).

It also was the start of a stellar 5-for-8 showing with the man advantage.

Nash Dabb tied it on the man advantage at 4:06—his squad’s only goal in seven power-play chances.

But English River (7-12-1-4) would not be heard from again as the Lakers reeled off six unanswered goals.

Jaswal’s even-strength effort was followed by power-play markers from Cole Tymkin, Christian Ripley, and Jaswal.

That last tally ended the night for Miners’ goalie Reid Kilburn.

Another man-advantage goal by Jaswal against relief goalie Korlan Vader at 4:17 of the third made it 6-1 and also gave newly-acquired Jason Wilson his first point as a Laker.

Julian Uhryniuk closed out the scoring with 1:37 to go.

Brandon Bodnar earned the win with a 30-save performance.

The first-place Lakers will aim for three-straight wins Wednesday night when they cap a three-game road swing against the second-place Dryden GM Ice Dogs (16-5-1-2).

The Ice Dogs only are four points back of the Lakers, with Fort Frances holding a game in hand.

The Lakers’ next home game is this Saturday (Dec. 12) at 7:30 p.m. against the Minnesota Iron Rangers.

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