Miners get off to a good start as Coleton Johnson jumps on a rebound to score his first of the year at 4:18 of the first period. Fort Frances tied the game up at 11:30 when Jack Bernie beat English River starter Michael Lenko. Miners look to get an edge with a power play shortly after but a retaliation penalty would nullify that chance. Lakers controlled the puck on the next draw and a Noah Loveday shot evaded Lenko to give the Lakers a 2-1 lead. Miners would get their power play opportunity at 14:13 but once again the Miners give up a short handed goal as Jeff Venzon took advantage of a defensive zone miscue beating Lenko for a 3-1 lead. Despite outshooting the Lakers 13-7 the Miners went 0-2 on the power play and the 4:30 span in the middle of the period hurt the Miners who trail 3-1 after 20 minutes.
The second period had the Lakers take a 4-1 lead with Hunter Buzzi tip that made it’s way past Lenko at 6:26. Down 4-1 things looked like they wouldn’t get any better as the Miners found themselves in the box and the Lakers had a 5 on 3 power play for a full 2 minutes. Kyle Rosolowski blocked a pass then got it up to Jared Janke who beat Lakers goalie Brett Akins for a rare 3 on 5 shorthanded goal. Janke would get another chance with a second breakaway shortly after but would be stopped by Akins. English River would keep the momentum going after the huge penalty kill making the score 4-3 at 16:29 when Stratton Pickett scored his first of the season on a slap shot off a nice drop pass from Jared Janke. Miners controlled the play in the second outshooting the Lakers 13-8 and are right back in the game.
Rob Ivy would start the 3rd period in net for the Lakers taking over from Akins. Any momentum the Miners had was quickly taken away as Hunter Buzzi finished off a 2 on 1 passing play just over a minute into the period. Miners would out shoot the Lakers for the third straight period but could not beat Rob Ivy. Final score 5-3 for the Lakers with English River holding the edge in shots 38-24.
Miners finish the night 0/4 on the power play giving up their 5th shorthanded goal against of the year.
Next up for the Miners a 2 game home stand looking to turn things around against the Thunder Bay North Stars starting Thursday 7:30 PM at the Cochenour Arena.