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Lakers still awaiting opponent


The Fort Frances Lakers don’t really care who their opponent will be in the SIJHL final.

That’s a good thing because the Dryden GM Ice Dogs and Thunder Bay North Stars are in no hurry to tell them.

The North Stars staved off elimination with a 4-2 victory over the Ice Dogs in Game 5 of their best-of-seven semi-final yesterday in Dryden.

Game 6 is set for tomorrow in Thunder Bay, with Game 7 (if necessary) back in Dryden on Friday.

Kris Hamlin scored twice, and Riley Corbin made 43 saves, to carry the North Stars yesterday after the teams split a bizarre doubleheader Friday in Thunder Bay.

The two teams first played the final 16:05 of the third period of Game 3 after it contest had to be postponed from the previous night due to a power outage that knocked out the lights in the Fort William Gardens and surrounding area.

Following a resurfacing of the ice, Dryden and Thunder Bay then went right back at it in Game 4, with the Ice Dogs pulling off their second overtime win of the series 5-4.

Should the series end tomorrow, it presents an interesting problem for the Lakers when it comes to hosting the first two games of the final.

Usually in this situation, the Fort would play back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday.

But with the Ice For Kids Arena booked for Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon due to the Border Skating Club’s annual ice show, that would make it impossible to have Game 2 there Saturday night.

Possible options could include moving the game to the ’52 Canadians Arena that night or postponing Game 2 until Sunday.

Should Dryden and Thunder Bay go the full seven games, the final possibly may wait until Monday to get underway.

No official schedule details were available as of press time today.

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