Dozen straight wins for Fort Frances




Release Date: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Dozen straight wins for Fort Frances

FORT FRANCES, Ont. – Rolling right along, the Fort Frances Lakers raised their current winning streak to a dozen straight games Tuesday after they skated to a 5-1 decision over the English River Miners in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at Ice for Kids Arena.

Fort Frances got going offensively 2:09 into the contest as Jack Bernie picked up his ninth marker of the season.

Nolan Ross put the Lakers up by two in the middle session as he converted on a man advantage opportunity at 5:20.

English River got on the board two and a half minutes later as Konnar Dechaine buried his team-leading 22nd goal of 2015-16.

A.J. Rupert got that back midway through the second to make it 3-1 with half a game to play.

Fort Frances had a chance to extend their cushion late in the stanza, but Miners’ netminder Korlan Vader thwarted Nolan Ross on a penalty shot making a save with his right pad.

The Lakers did put the put game away in the third striking twice on the man advantage on efforts supplied by Davis Ross and one more from Rupert.

Both of the Ross brothers finsihed with three-point nights in the win.

Dylan Robertson meanwhile had two assists for the home side to extend a consecutive game point streak to 12.

Brandon Bodnar made 27 stops to lower his SIJHL-best goals-against average to 1.67 and raise his league-leading save percentage to .943.

Vader faced 31 attempts in defeat for the Miners.

Fort Frances will go in search of win No. 13 in succession Wednesday as they travel to Dryden to take on the rival GM Ice Dogs in a 7:30 p.m. start at Memorial Arena.