Monday, September 22, 2014

Lakers muzzle ’Dogs

Deadly. Lethal. Magnificent.
The “DLM Line” continued its season-long mission of destruction for the Fort Frances Lakers last night, combining for 10 points in a 6-2 win over the host Dryden Ice Dogs.

Lucas DeBenedet had a goal and three assists, while Lyndon Lipinski and Mason Meyer each scored once and had a pair of helpers, to spark the Lakers (38-6-2-2) to their fifth win in six outings.
It also was their ninth-straight win against the Ice Dogs (18-25-0-5) after losing in a shootout in their first meeting of the season.
Were it not for Thunder Bay North Stars’ forward Daniel Del Paggio, the Lakers’ trio would own the top three spots in the SIJHL’s three main offensive categories.
DeBenedet leads in points with 98, followed by Del Paggio (86), Meyer (79), and Lipinski (78).
Those rankings remain the same in the assists department, with DeBenedet sitting at 56, Del Paggio 52, Meyer 49, and Lipinski 44.
There is a slight alteration when it comes to goals, with DeBenedet leading the way with 42, followed by Lipinski (34), Del Paggio (34), and Meyer (33).
Meyer’s goal at 16:12 of the first made it 1-0.
Lipinski and Hunter Leishman (eighth) then sandwiched markers around one by Dryden’s Synee Coonishish in the second for a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
In the third, Cam Jackson’s second goal of the season during a power play at 1:31 was answered by the Ice Dogs’ Nolan Kinney 1:12 later.
But DeBenedet restored the three-goal lead at 10:06 before Bryce Lipinski (19th) finished the scoring with 28 seconds to go.
Lyndon’s twin brother has been red-hot himself lately with nine points in his last five games, and is on the brink of being the fifth Laker with 20 or more goals this season.
Devin Tappenden made 27 saves to win his fifth-straight appearance.
With nine games under his belt, Tappenden now has played enough to be considered the official SIJHL leader in GAA at 2.52, just ahead of Lakers’ teammate Jordan Cartney at 2.59, and save percentage (.915).
Joakim Jutras made 33 saves in a losing cause for Dryden, which now is only one point ahead of the English River Miners (18-22-4) for fourth place.
The Miners also hold four games in hand.
The Lakers next open a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Iron Rangers (28-12-2-4) tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The rematch then goes Saturday in Hoyt Lakes.

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