They were the best two teams during the regular season—now they’ll get to see who is the best of the post-season.
The two-time defending SIJHL champion Fort Frances Lakers will face the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in the final for a second-straight year after Dryden beat the host Thunder Bay North Stars 5-3 in Game 6 of their best-of-seven semi-final series Tuesday night.
The Lakers dominated the Ice Dogs 12-1-0-1 during their season series.
The Ice Dogs advanced despite being without veteran forward Derek McPhail.
He was handed a two-game suspension for a boarding incident that injured a North Stars’ player in Game 5 on Sunday.
That means McPhail also will have to sit out Game 1 of the final, which goes tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Due to the Border Skating Club’s annual ice show, the teams will take a two-day break before Game 2 goes here Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The series then switches to Dryden for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Game 5, if necessary, will be back here April 22, with Game 6 set for in Dryden on April 23.
Should the series go the distance, the Lakers will host Game 7 on Tuesday, April 26.
The winner advances to the Dudley Hewitt Cup on May 3-7 in Kirkland Lake.