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’Dogs 1-2 on roadtrip

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Team hosts North Stars at home, Thursday Jan. 24

By Dryden Observer Staff

The Dryden Ice Dogs claimed one of three games on the region’s hellish highways this past week.

Getting started early last week with a visit to the Thunder Bay North Stars, the Ice Dogs found themselves down four goals to none at the start of the third period at Fort William Gardens. Jesse Linner would respond with two back-to-back goals in quick succession, followed by another courtesy of Paul Thompson.

The North Star’s Matt Kaarela added his third of the night for a 5-3 win for the fourth place Thunder Bay team.

On Friday in Cloquet, Minnesota the Ice Dogs offense would have a difficult time getting to Minnesota Wilderness goalie Gordie Defiel who turned away a mere 15 shots on goal for the evening. His counterpart between the pipes for the Ice Dogs had a much busier night. Eric Szymczyk gave up two goals on 36 shots as the Ice Dogs faced a shut-out loss against the Wilderness who, owing to a 33-3-1 record, happen to be the second ranked team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League standings.

Before deteriorating road conditions could postpone games across the region, the Ice Dogs were able to manage the distance between Cloquet and Hoyt Lakes for a Saturday night showdown with The Minnesota Iron Rangers. The club’s only win of the past three games included a hat-trick by Austin Lewis and saw a very productive powerplay effort for the evening. Three more markers would come via Tyler Walsh and two from Chris Belhumeur.

A Sunday match-up with the Duluth Clydesdales was postponed.

The Dryden Ice Dogs return to home action this week, Thursday, Jan. 24 when they host the Thunder Bay North Stars at the Dryden Memorial Arena. Note, the game time is listed for 6:30 p.m., an hour earlier than the usual 7:30 p.m. puck drop.


Dryden Ice Dog Cole Sonstebo

Sonstebo earns Player of the Week honours

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Jan. 16 that Dryden Ice Dogs forward Cole Sonstebo was named the Pizza Hut player of the week for the period concluding Jan. 13.

In three recent games the 20-year-old native of Fergus Falls, Minn., had goals in each of them while totaling seven points in all helping Dryden register a trio of victories and maintain their hold on second place in the SIJHL standings.

Sonstebo began his award-winning effort the previous week by scoring once in a 3-2 shootout win at Fort Frances.

The following evening he tallied again and set-up two others in an 8-5 triumph over visiting Duluth before concluding his week by notching his second career SIJHL hat-trick a night later against the same Clydesdales in an 8-3 romp.

On the season Sonstebo has scored 11 goals and supplied 14 assists for 25 points, which are all league highs for the Ice Dogs forward.

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