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Laker splits award


This time, Pierce Dushenko will have to share the throne with another masked man.

The Fort Frances Lakers’ goalie yesterday was named co-winner of the Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Corp. player-of-the-week honours with Dryden GM Ice Dogs’ netminder Paul Laferriere.

Dushenko, who won the award outright earlier this season, and Laferriere both posted 2-0 records with one shutout apiece during the past week.

After making 32 saves in a 5-0 win over Dryden last Wednesday, Dushenko had 43 stops in beating the Minnesota Iron Rangers 5-2 on Saturday.

The 20-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., leads the SIJHL in wins (17), GAA (2.32), and save percentage (.925).

Laferriere, meanwhile, was even stingier—giving up just one goal over two games to run his personal winning streak to five games.

In other news, the Lakers are inching their way back up the national ladder.

Riding a five-game winning streak, the squad moved up one spot to No. 5 in the CJHL’s weekly top 20 rankings.

Fort Frances (22-3-0-1) took advantage of the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) falling out of the top five—slipping from No. 4 to No. 6.

The Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) replaced the Penticton Vees (BCHL) atop the rankings, pushing Penticton down to No. 2.

The reigning Dudley Hewitt Cup champion Soo Thunderbirds held steady at No. 3 while the Portage Terriers (MJHL), the current RBC Cup title-holders, nudged up one place to No. 4.

The Lakers head to Thunder Bay tomorrow night to face the North Stars tomorrow, then are back home Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to host Minnesota.

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