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Three game week ahead for Ice Dogs

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Incoming airstrike — Dryden Ice Dog Paul Thompson interacts with Mark Williams of the Duluth Clydesdales in the third period of a Jan. 9 matchup which resulted in an 8-5 Ice Dogs win at Dryden Memorial Arena. Photo by Chris Marchand

By Chris Marchand

The Dryden Ice Dogs are back on the snowy road this week engaged in a grueling tour of Northwestern hockey towns after a successful home stand against the Duluth Clydesdales this past week.

On Jan. 9, 19 year-old defenceman Evan Copabianco, a new acquisition from the Brampton Bombers opened scoring against the Clydesdales in his first game with the Ice Dogs (Cole Sonstebo, Paul Thompson). The game would feature another fresh face in an Ice Dogs jersey — goaltender Robert Kopytek-Mackenzie — who made 31 saves for the win.

Also dressing in last week’s games was newly-added defenceman Mack Boyce.

A high scoring affair, the 8-5 Ice Dogs win was aided by a pair of goals each from Tyson Holder and Chris Belhumeur and singles from Jesse Linner (shorthanded), Sonstebo, and Thompson.

The following night, the Ice Dogs managed to stay ahead of an awakening Clydesdales offence that captured a 9-3 win over the Thunder Bay North Stars, Jan. 6 — a bit of a surprise from a club with a record of 29-3-1.

With Ice Dogs starter Eric Szymczyk in net Jan. 10 for 41 shots from the Duluth team, the ‘Dogs marked an 8-3 win with a hat-trick from Cole Sonstebo. Further goals came from Belhumeur, Thompson, Len Pelletier, Holder and Linner.

This week, the Ice Dogs face the North Stars, Jan. 15 (the results of which were not available at press time), before swinging into Minnesota for games versus the Minnesota Wilderness and the Iron Rangers.

The club returns to home ice action, Thursday, Jan. 24 when they host the Thunder Bay North Stars at the Dryden Memorial Arena.


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