Lakers extend win streak while ending one for Wilderness in shootout victory



For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Lakers extend win streak while ending one for Wilderness in shootout victory

CLOQUET, Minn.  – Fort Frances goaltender Talor Joseph stopped 48 of 51 shots he faced in regulation and overtime and then turned aside all three attempts he faced in extra attempts to back stop the Fort Frances Lakers to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wilderness Wednesday in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at Northwoods Credit Union Arena.

The triumph extended the Laker’s winning streak to nine consecutive games while also putting an end to Minnesota’s 17-game run. The Wilderness did however register a point for a 37th straight game as they have gone 35-0-0-2 in that span.

Each side tallied twice in the opening frame with Colton Spicer, on the power play, and Jon Carlson, shorthanded, connecting for Fort Frances while Jeremy Johnson and Nick McCormack countered for the Wilderness.

Jordan Christianson put the Lakers ahead 53 seconds into the middle session only to see Dylan Haskins level the proceedings four minutes later.

The rest of regulation and the five-minute overtime were scoreless thus requiring extra shots to determine a winner and to see who would pick up the extra point on the night.

In the shootout, Spicer scored on the first attempt for the decider with the only tally while Joseph did the rest thwarting the Wilderness skaters in each of their three opportunities.

With the win the Lakers improved to 32-15-1-2 on the year while the Wilderness slipped to 49-3-0-2.