Former Thistle Bowen Alcock joined the Ft. Frances Lakers, as they celebrated their second SIJHL title in two years. The Lakers beat the Ice Dogs 3-1 in Dryden Saturday night, closing out their championships series 4-2.
"We all came together. Nothing better than winning a championship. We've all become a family in there," he said, as the celebrations continued in the dressing room after the game.
After taking the first game in Fort, they dropped the next two, and it looked like the Ice Dogs might break through. However, the Lakers wouldn't be denied.
After a win Friday to tie the series, Fort took a 2-0 lead in the first period of Game 6, and they were able to maintain their lead the rest of the way.
With seven minutes left in the third, Blake Peavey made it interesting with help from Derek McPhail. As the crowd of almost 650 came to life, Wyatt Cota completed his natural hat trick with the empty-net goal.
Still, the Ice Dogs have life in them. Since Fort is hosting the Dudley Hewitt Central Canadian tournament, Dryden gets a bye into the finals, as well. While disappointed with the loss in the game, as well as the series, Ice Dogs GM Brian Bates could only smile, as he looked back over the last year.
"I have nothing but praise for those guys. Fort Frances was built for the Cup. They knew in advance they were going to be hosting," he said.
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