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Important trio of home games ahead for Ice Dogs

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Ice Dogs’ defenceman Patrick Murphy jams on the brakes hard and betrays an expression of surprise during a recent meeting against the Fort Frances Lakers. The two teams met, Jan. 30 at Dryden Memorial Arena with the Lakers taking a 4-2 win. Observer file photo by Chris Marchand

The Ice Dogs’ performance over a gruelling lineup of four games in five days this week could play a significant role in their place in the standings by this time next week.

The local team’s tenous grasp on the second place spot in the SIJHL standings crumbled last week as the Fort Frances Lakers grabbed a 4-2 win at Dryden Memorial Arena, drawing even with Dryden as four clubs race for playoff position in the waning weeks of the regular season.

The Thunder Bay North Stars are one win back from second place with the Minnesota Iron Rangers just three points behind and well within striking distance.

League leaders The Minnesota Wilderness have already clinched the regular season title, having gone unbeaten in 26 games (see story below).

Last week’s losing effort against the Lakers featured a first period goal from Chris Sitko (Evan Copabianco, Rory Court) and a second period goal from Court with assists from Sitko and Derek McPhail.

Ice Dogs’ goalie Eric Szymczyk made 29 saves for the evening.

The Ice Dogs met the Lakers in Fort Frances Feb. 5 before returning home to host Iron Range for three games at Memorial Arena, Feb. 7, 8 and 9.

Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

By Dryden Observer Staff 

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