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Lumberjacks down Lakers in OT


Parker Brakebill picked the perfect time to notch his first goal of the new year as his tally 15 seconds into overtime finished off a 3-2 comeback win for the Wisconsin Lumberjacks over the visiting Fort Frances Lakers in SIJHL action last night at the Spooner Civic Center.

Fort Frances (13-16-3) came out quickly, opening the scoring just 11 seconds into the first period off the stick of Kyle Uzelman.

The Lakers went up by a pair late in the period as Stone Stelzl fired home his 13th of the season.

Wisconsin cut into the deficit early in the second as some nice puck movement resulted in Joel Matthews slamming in his seventh of the campaign near the two-minute mark to make it 2-1.

The Lumberjacks (11-21-2-1) then forced extra time just past the 12-minute mark of the third when Ryley Cardinal finished off the work of teammates Tyler Shetland and Dalton Garcia.

Heading to OT, Wisconsin converted quickly as Matthews intercepted a clearing attempt, then made a perfect cross-ice pass over to Brakebill on the left side, who promptly fired the winner past a sprawled out Alex Bugeja in the Fort Frances net to end it.

Nathan Mueller made 15 saves to earn the win while Bugeja turned aside 34 shots to suffer the loss.

The fifth-place Lakers next are in action tomorrow night when they host the league-leading Thunder Bay North Stars (23-9-3) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Fort Frances then will wrap the week up with another road game the following night in Red Lake against the second-place Miners (20-10-3-1).

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