Big 2nd period leads Lakers over Iron Rangers

FORT FRANCES, Ont. – The Fort Frances Lakers rode the strength of a four-goal second period goals to help propel them to a 6-2 triumph over the Minnesota Iron Rangers Friday in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at Ice for Kids Arena.

Fort Frances opened the scoring just past the midway mark of the opening frame thanks to a Damien Carigni effort at 10:39.

The Lakers then came back 64 seconds later to go up by a pair on a Nick Lucas effort.

Minnesota did get one back before the frame was complete on Zach Hayes’ third of the season.

Jaedin Ness restored the home side’s cushion early in the middle session while Lucas added another at 6:43.

Fort Frances kept coming and went up 5-1 at 11:46 when Charlie Wilkie collected his first SIJHL marker.

An Iron Rangers’ power play saw them get one back as Eli Kinsman converted on a man advantage at 16:54.

However the Lakers countered quickly with Ian Jarvis notching his first of the season a minute later in what proved to be the final goal of the evening.

Ian Tookenay had a career-high three assists for Fort Frances in the win.

Brett Akins made 28 stops in his SIJHL debut to record the victory for the Lakers.

Jackson Nelson started for Minnesota and suffered the loss allowing five against on 20 shots while Tyler Thompson handled 18 of 19 in just over 28 minutes of relief.

Photo credit: Clint Bruyere