It's been some tough sledding lately for the Fort Frances Lakers but things got a little brighter on Friday night.
Forward Jack Bernie had a big night as the Lakers downed the Minnesota Iron Rangers 5-3 at the Ice For Kids Arena to snap a five-game losing streak.
After a mostly back-and-forth first period, Bernie netted the first of his three points on the night when his shot beat Iron Rangers' goalie Tyler Thompson at 17:58.
The Iron Rangers responded just three minutes into the second period when Eli Kinsman buried his fourth of the season past Lakers' goalie Brett Akins.
Jaedin Ness gave the Lakers the lead again at 13:08 with his ninth of the year.
That lead was extended to 3-1 just two-and-a-half minutes later by Julian Uhryniuk, with assists going to Bernie and Mark Richter.
Hunter Buzzi made it 4-1 just 1:13 into the final frame, connecting on a power play from Bernie and Skylar Lentz.
It became a little dicey for the Lakers after that as a lack of discipline helped the Iron Rangers make a game of it.
Kinsman cut the lead to 4-2 with his second of the night at 7:15.
Things went from bad to worse when the Lakers took a high-sticking penalty, then were called for too many men on the ice just 48 seconds later.
Bryce Litke promptly fired one past Akins at 12:15 to make it a one-goal game.
But the Iron Rangers' bid for a comeback fell short as Lentz iced the game with just over a minute left when his fourth of the season sailed in top shelf over a dejected Thompson to make it 5-3.
Shots on goal favoured the Lakers by a 45-27 margin.
Both teams went 1-for-3 with the man-advantage.
With the win, the Lakers (6-9-1-1) moved past the English River Miners (6-10-0-1) for fourth place in the SIJHL with 14 points.
Up next for the Lakers is a date with the third-place Thunder Bay North Stars (9-6-3-0) this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.