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Miners nip Lakers in exciting affair

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Shaye Sommerfeld scored three times and assisted on two others to help the Red Lake Miners down the Fort Frances Lakers 7-6 last night in SIJHL pre-season action at the Cochenour Arena.

Red Lake started strong, skating out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Sean Gula (power play) and Sommerfeld.

Fort Frances answered back with two tallies of its own before the first period was complete thanks to markers from Noah Loveday and Praveen Dhaliwal.

The Miners then went in front 4-3 after 40 minutes, sandwiching markers from Ryan Howe and Ethan Stuckless, around one from Brendan Albert of the Lakers.

Each side was not finished offensively in the final frame as they tacked on three more apiece to finish off the high-scoring affair.

Leighton Holstein put the hosts up by two with an early man-advantage effort before Ethan Carlson-Jourdain countered for the Lakers at 3:40.

Sommerfeld and Dryden Valade for the Lakers then traded goals later in the frame with Red Lake continuing to hold a narrow cushion.

Sommerfeld then completed his hat trick while Tysne Stanski notched a power-play goal for Fort Frances to round out the scoring.

Howe also had a big performance for the Miners with a goal and four assists to his credit.

Red Lake outshot Fort Frances 34-31, with Zach Willms picking up the win and Jared Cable suffering the loss.

The two sides will square off again tomorrow night to complete the home-and-home set in the pre-season finale at 7 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

That game also can be viewed online at HockeyTV.com.

The Lakers will kick-off the SIJHL's 19th regular season at home when they host the Thief River Falls Norskies next Friday (Sept. 20) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

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