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By Dryden Observer Staff
The Dryden GM Ice Dogs were down in Minnesota last week for The Superior International Junior Hockey League’s annual Showcase.
The three-day event featured all five SIJHL member clubs competing along with the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Cochrane Crunch.
The Ice Dogs first game was held Wednesday afternoon against the Thunder Bay North Stars.
Karsen Szczecikski opened up the scoring for the Dogs near the end of the first.
Thunder Bay found the lead in the second period scoring two power play goals. Before the frame was over Nic Noseworthy tied the game up at two.
A hard fought final period ended with Kent Walchuk scoring the game winner on a power play.
The Dryden GM Ice Dogs outshot the North Stars 44 to 20.
The next day the Dogs met the host Minnesota Iron Rangers.
Noseworthy opened the scoring at 4:05 and Joe Carney got his second of the year 6 minutes in on a power play goal. The Iron Rangers added one before the end of the first to make it 2-1.
The second period saw Minnesota’s Jake Ellingson score two goals to put the Iron Rangers up 3-2 after forty minutes.
At 7:16 into the third Kyle Pouncy tied the game on a power play.
Minnesota would score on a power play at 12:46 to put them up by one.
With 41 seconds left in the game Ben Smaha scored the final goal of regulation to force over time.
Ellingson scored 36 seconds into extra time to win the game for the Iron Rangers and record a hat trick.
The Dryden GM Ice Dogs will be in English River on Feb. 3 before a busy three game weekend; they will play Friday and Saturday in Thunder Bay before returning home on Sunday to face the North Stars at home.