By Dryden Observe Staff
The Dryden GM Ice Dogs played three games at home over the weekend and each night offered something unique.
On Friday was the much-anticipated game against the number one team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League, the Thief River Falls Norskies who were undefeated coming into the Memorial Arena.
Cody Aarvig got the first goal of the night for the Norskies four and a half minutes into the game. Just over ten minutes later Bryce McDonald got his third of the year to put Dryden on the board. Mitchell Soderberg added another before the end of the frame to give the lead to Thief River Falls.
Less than two minutes into a second period that saw no penalties Trey Palermo found the back of the net for the Ice Dogs but Aarvig answered back quickly; even quicker was the next goal 79 seconds later from Josh Sylvain to tie it for the Ice Dogs. Cory Dennis got the last goal of the second to put the Dryden GM Ice Dogs up by one.
With 42 second left in the third period Connor Bowey tied the game for the Norskies to force extra time.
At 4:36 into overtime Parker Simonson scored off an assist by Bowey to give the Norskies the win and remain undefeated. The Ice Dogs outshot the Norskies 51-23.
On Saturday evening the Ice Dogs hosted the Thunder Bay North Stars for their eleventh annual Pink The Rink Cancer Awareness Game. Surivors were honoured before the game and the Dogs wore special jerseys that were sold after the game; that combined with in game fundraisers brought in $5000 for the DRHC’s CT Scan Renewal Fund.
Goals in the first period belonged to Dryden both coming in the first half of the frame from Eric Stout and McDonald.
Two quick goals in the first minute of the first period from Luke Bellerose and another from Stout gave the Dogs some room to breathe.
Jacen Bracko and Dennis added two more goals 31 second apart before Bellerose added another.
Two quick goals 11 seconds apart from Bradley Thrower on the power play put the North Stars on the board but Bredan Jay added another for the Dogs before the end of the second.
In the third Bracko and McDonald each added a tally to end the game with a 10-2 Dryden GM Ice Dogs victory.
Finally on Sunday the Minnesota Iron Rangers came to town for an afternoon game.
Wyatt Lawrence scored first for the Ice Dogs and McDonald scored in his third straight game to put the Dogs up 2-0.
Steven Spencer got his first of the year for Minnesota before Lawrence added another on his night. Dennis would score minutes later to put the Dogs up 4-1.
In the third period a power play goal from Jay opened the frame and Max Sturko added another for Minnesota. Trevor Kavanaugh got the last goal of the night for the Dryden GM Ice Dogs and his first of the season.
The Ice Dogs will be in English River next Friday and return to Dryden on Saturday Oct. 28.