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Lakers rebound to earn weekend split

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Chase Robideau scored three times for his first SIJHL hat trick and added an assist, while teammate Jaedin Ness tallied twice, as the Fort Frances Lakers beat the Minnesota Iron Rangers 7-2 yesterday at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Ness opened the scoring with the lone marker in the first frame, which came just past the six-minute mark.

Minnesota drew even 6:32 into the second on Matt Turnbull's seventh—only to see Fort Frances strike three times in rapid succession to go up 4-1 thanks to Ness, Nick Hahkala, and Robideau.

The last-place Iron Rangers (3-50-0-0) got one back late in the second off the stick of Garrett Wojcicki to make it 4-2 after 40 minutes.

Ethan Knutsen and Cam Birkeland, during a two-man advantage, traded goals in the third.

Robideau then connected twice in the final minute, including an empty-netter, to round out the scoring.

Jakob Ruck chipped in with two assists for the fifth-place Lakers (17-33-2-1).

Matt Booth made 25 stops to earn the win while Synjen Amende saw 56 shots fired his way in taking the loss.

It was a different story Friday night as the Lakers fell 5-1 to the visiting Thief River Falls Norskies (30-20-4-1).

Boe Bjorge tallied twice to pace the visitors, who outshot the Lakers 40-28.

The third-place Norskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period of play on goals by Bjorge and Connor Bowey.

It was more Thief River Falls in the second as they tacked on two more to extend the cushion as Bjorge notched his second of the game, and 29th overall, before Jacob Schuldt added his fourth of the campaign.

Alec Severson made it 5-0 for the Norskies just past the 10-minute mark of the third as he slid in his ninth.

The Lakers eventually spoiled Bailey Schmitz's shutout bid at 17:09 of the final frame to round out the scoring.

Jacob Gnidziejko suffered the loss.

The Lakers are back in action tomorrow night when they visit the first-place Thunder Bay North Stars (46-4-1-1).

Then they'll host the fourth-place Dryden GM Ice Dogs (29-20-4-2) on Friday before welcoming the second-place Red Lake Miners (36-15-3-0) the following night.

Both games go at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

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