Sports & Recreation — 11 October 2017
‘Dogs notch pair of home-ice wins

Josh Sylvain feels some pressure from Lakers defenceman Cameron Birkeland during a high-speed breakaway attempt in Saturday’s 6-2 home-ice win over Fort Frances.
Photo by Chris Marchand


By Dryden Observer Staff

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs earned a little extra gravy for their turkey dinners this Thanksgiving long weekend with a pair of strong wins on home ice versus the English River Miners, Friday (8-4), and the Fort Frances Lakers Saturday (6-2)

Friday’s penalty-filled affair saw Dryden jump out to a 2-0 first period lead on markers from Samson Mouland and Eric Stout only to see English River counter with tallies from Matt O’Neill and Michael Di Lullo to knot the affair at 2-2 after one.

After Bellerose and O’Neill traded goals in the first half of the middle stanza, the home side struck for two more to make it 5-3 after 40 minutes as Lawrence connected on the power play and Chris Atanas had one at even strength.

Di Lullo pulled the Miners to within one with 10:08 to play in regulation, but Dryden put it away by tacking on three more in the latter stages on the contest to secure the win with Stout, Lawrence and Bellerose all finding the back of the net.

Cory Dennis chipped in with three assists for the GM Ice Dogs.

Dryden outshot English River 56-26 on the night with Isaac Labelle picking up the win in net.

On Saturday versus Fort Frances, Malcom Huemmert supplied his first two Superior International Junior Hockey League goals and set-up one more to help the Dryden GM Ice Dogs defeat the Fort Frances Lakers 6-2.

It was all Dryden early on as they stormed out to a 3-0 lead after one period of play on tallies from Huemmert, Josh Sylvain and Evan Walls.

Fort Frances got one back 4:45 into the second stanza thanks to a Nick Lucas man advantage effort.

However the GM Ice Dogs answered by tacking on two more before the frame was complete on markers from Eric Stout and Jacen Bracko.

Skylar Lentz brought the Lakers closer 53 seconds into the third, but Huemmert finished off his three-point night a minute and a half later to wrap things up offensively.

Bryce McDonald assisted on both of Huemmert’s goals while Trevor Kavanaugh also had a pair of helpers for the GM Ice Dogs.

Logan Sawka faced 36 attempts in the Dryden win and picked up the win.

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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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