Sports & Recreation — 30 August 2017

Dryden Observer Staff

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday its preseason schedule heading into the 2017-18 campaign.

There are presently 10 contests on the league’s exhibition slate with preseason action set to begin on Friday, Sept. 8 as the Fort Frances Lakers host the Minnesota Iron Rangers while the Thief River Falls Norskies travel to Manitoba to take on the Winkler Flyers (MJHL) in a pair of 7:30 p.m. CT starts.

Winkler and Thief River Falls will then finish off a home-and-home set the following evening at Ralph Engelstad Arena at 7 p.m. CT.

Sunday, Sept. 10 has the Norskies welcoming the Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) in a 3:30 p.m. CT matinee at The Ralph.

Two more tilts are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13 as the Lakers head to Hoyt Lakes Arena to tangle with the Iron Rangers at 7 p.m. while Thief River Falls will be off to Selkirk, Man., for a 7:30 p.m. encounter vs. the Steelers at the Selkirk Rec. Complex.

A SIJHL neutral-site affair has the Iron Rangers and Norskies squaring off in Crookston, Minn., at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 while the Lakers entertain the English River Miners at Ice for Kids Arena at 7:30 p.m. on that same date.

Preseason play then wraps up Sept. 16 as Minnesota and Thief River Falls play once more at the Crookston Sports Center at 7 p.m. CT and English River welcomes Fort Frances to Cochenour Arena in a 7:30 p.m. start.

Any further SIJHL exhibition contests will be announced when and if they are finalized.

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs will begin their season, Sept. 22 versus the English River Miners at Cochenour Arena. The first home game of the Ice Dogs season will take place Sunday, Sept. 24  at Dryden Memorial Arena.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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