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Lakers suffer first defeat

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The Fort Frances Lakers were ‘Star’-struck last night.

Jake Robinson scored twice and Riley Corbin turned aside 39 shots to lift the host Thunder Bay North Stars to a 6-3 win over the Lakers last night.

The previously-winless Stars (1-3-0-1) looked anything but a struggling team right off the bat against the formerly-unbeaten Lakers (3-1) as Brad Arabia tallied just 55 seconds into the game.

Julian Uhryniuk made his mark in his Lakers’ debut with a power-play goal at 9:45.

But Thunder Bay landed a quick counterpunch when Robinson cashed in a feed from Kristoopher Hamlin only 42 seconds later.

Hamlin then scored himself, with former Laker defenceman Aaron Wesley-Chisel helping with the set-up, at 12:15 to make it 3-1.

That brought an abrupt end to the night for Lakers’ starting goalie Pierce Dushenko, who was replaced by back-up Brandon Bodnar.

Corbin came up big later in the period—keeping the Lakers at bay during a two-man advantage that lasted 1:13.

Andrew Willner tallied his first goal as a Laker one minute into the second period to trim the deficit to one.

But Robinson bulged the twine again at 5:04 for the first of three-straight goals against Brandon Bodnar that put the game out of reach.

Avery Siau scored at 8:15 of the third, followed by Jared Fanti’s power-play marker at 15:59 to make it 6-2.

Dylan Robertson rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal at 18:15.

The Lakers next will host the Minnesota Iron Rangers (5-1) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

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