Friday, July 31, 2015

Lakers lose in OT

By all rights, the Fort Frances Lakers should have been out of the game three periods earlier.
So it was probably justice that the Minnesota Iron Rangers pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night in Hoyt Lakes.

Austin Frank scored at 3:53 of the extra session to give Minnesota (25-10-2-4) just its second win in eight meetings this season with the Lakers (33-6-1-2) and end Fort Frances’ modest three-game winning streak.
The Lakers escaped the first period largely on the play of goalie Devin Tappenden, who stood on his head to keep it scoreless as the Rangers outshot their visitors 18-2 in the frame and 39-18 overall.
Lyndon Lipinski rewarded his netminder for saving the team’s bacon at 11:04 of the second by notching his 24th goal of the season during a man advantage on a set-up from Mason Meyer.
Tappenden and the Lakers came close to riding that goal home safely. But Sam Mancini broke Tappenden’s shutout bid with the equalizer at 16:45 of the third to force overtime.
Fort Frances’ woes largely could be attributed to a power play that came into the game running at 26.6 percent efficiency (best in the SIJHL), but went only 1-for-7 on Tuesday night.
Tappenden dropped to 1-3 as a Laker in what was a hard-luck loss after a 37-save effort.
Erick Majerle had a fairly light night of work, needing only 17 saves to register the win.
With defenceman Kyle Lipinski rejoining the lineup this past Saturday against the Thunder Bay North Stars, that leaves forwards Colton Spicer (shoulder) and Donovan Cousineau (knee) as the only Lakers’ on the injured list.
Both remain out indefinitely.
The Lakers return home for a two-game set this weekend, with Thunder Bay (28-7-1-4) coming in tomorrow night before the English River Miners (16-21-3) visit Saturday.
Both games begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

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