Monday, August 3, 2015

Tappenden honoured

The Fort Frances Lakers’ place in the national spotlight is being aided by a man behind a mask.
Goalie Devin Tappenden won two out of three starts to be named the SIJHL’s Pizza Hut Player-of-the-Week.

The 19-year-old from Markham, Ont. is the second-straight Laker to capture the award after Lucas DeBenedet earned it last week.
It also translated into the Lakers holding on to the No. 6 position in the Canadian Junior ‘A’ Hockey League top 20 rankings.
The Soo Thunderbirds, coached by former Thunder Bay North Stars’ bench boss Jordan Smith, are riding the wave of a 22-game winning streak to move into the No. 1 spot.
Following the Thunderbirds are a pair of Alberta Junior Hockey League teams in the Spruce Grove Saints at No. 2 (up from No. 5) and last week’s top team, the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, now at No. 3.
The Selkirk Steelers (Manitoba Junior Hockey League) slipped one spot to No. 4 while the Carleton Place Canadians (Central Canada Hockey League) also dropped one spot to No. 5.
Tappenden made 37 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to the host Minnesota Iron Rangers last Wednesday.
Then he posted back-to-back 29-save efforts in beating the Thunder Bay North Stars 4-1 here Friday and then the English River Miners 7-3 on Saturday.
The 6’5” netminder finished the week with a 1.96 GAA and .941 save percentage.
Tappenden is 3-3 with a 2.80 GAA and .912 save percentage since joining the Lakers on Jan. 10 from the Burlington Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
The Lakers next head to Hoyt Lakes tomorrow night to face the Iron Rangers.
Their next home game is this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Minnesota.

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