Try telling that to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.
Pierce Dushenko made 32 saves for his SIJHL-leading fourth shutout, and even added an assist, as the Fort Frances Lakers blanked host Dryden last night for the second-straight game—this time by a 5-0 margin.
Roshen Jaswal added four assists while Andrew Willner had two as the first-place Lakers (20-3-0-1) won their third-straight game to move four points up on the second-place Ice Dogs (17-6-1-2).
The Lakers also hold two games in hand on Dryden, which had its four-game winning streak snapped and is now winless in seven tries against the two-time defending SIJHL champs this season.
They’ve lost the last two meetings by a combined score of 12-0 and 37-15 overall.
Dylan Kooner scored his first of two on the night for the only marker of the first period.
The Lakers then beat Ice Dogs’ goalie Taylor Unruh three times in the second.
Nick Minerva, the league’s reigning player-of-the-week and performer-of-the-month for November, kept up his hot roll as of late with his sixth goal of the season.
Kooner later added his 13th to make it 3-0.
Carter Chorney netted his sixth of the season later in the period.
Chorney beat Unruh in the first game back for both with their respective teams since they were cut, along with Dryden’s Troy Williams, from the Team Canada West selection camp on Tuesday in Leduc, Alta.
Dylan Robertson tacked on his team-high 17th goal early in the third to round out the scoring.
The Lakers went 0-for-5 on the power play last night after clicking at an 8-for-14 pace the past two games.
But their penalty-killing remained potent, holding the Ice Dogs to an 0-for-5 effort.
The unit now has killed off 15 of its last 16 short-handed situations.
With a three-game road swing behind them, the Lakers are back on home ice Saturday to face the Minnesota Iron Rangers (9-13-0-2), who are tied with the Thunder Bay North Stars (9-14-0-2) in the fight for third place.
Fort Frances has won six-of-seven in the season series with Minnesota so far.
The Lakers then head to Ear Falls on Sunday to take on the cellar-dwelling English River Miners (7-13-1-4), who have lost five-straight games heading into the weekend.
They also are winless in three games against Fort Frances this season.