Sports & Recreation — 22 November 2017
GM Ice Dogs pile on the wins last week

Dryden GM Ice Dog Matthew Pitchenese runs over Minnesota Iron Rangers goalie Jackson Nelson during a dominant first period on Wednesday night. Photo by Michael Christianson


By Michael Christianson

On Wednesday Nov. 15 the Dryden GM Ice Dogs dominated the Minnesota Iron Rangers at the Memorial Arena.

Returning home to Dryden, Matthew Pitchenese got his first goal in his second game back on the Ice Dogs line up to open the scoring.

“It feels great to be back and getting that first goal off my back,” said Pitchenese. “It’s good to be back home playing with people I played with last year, all my life, and the new guys as well, just starting to get in the groove and get to know the systems a little better and it will click, it’s clicking and it will get better, better every day.”

Malcolm Huemmert added the next goal for the Ice Dogs off an assist from Wyatt Lawrence before Lawrence got one himself.

Huemmert added another in the first followed by goals from Brandon Lawson and Trey Palermo.

With Rob Ivy replacing Iron Rangers goalie Jackson Nelson the Ice Dogs were held off from scoring for the first half of the second period but Jacen Bracko changed that. Reid Manning got his first as an Ice Dog and Huemmert completed his hat trick to wrap up the second period.

“I think right from the puck drop my line and the rest of the boys were just clicking so we got the results we wanted today,” said Huemmert. “I just went out there and tried to win the game for the guys and since I got three it’s just the cherry on the cake I guess.”

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs continued to dominate in the third with goals from Bracko, Palermo and Cory Dennis.

Isaac Labelle stopped all 25 shots he faced.

“It was a great game played by the whole team. The boys played for 60 minutes. It’s a team shut out. We got twelve goals,” said Labelle. “When we had to go into the five on three I was a little bit frantic there but the guys helped me kill it off and came out with the shut out.”

On Saturday night the boys were in Fort Frances to take on the Lakers.

Dennis managed two goal in the first period, the second coming on the power play.

In the second period Joseph Santalucia got his first of the year before Ian Tookenay added two goals to leave the game at 3-2 after two periods.

In the final frame Huemmert and Stout each added goals.

Fort Frances Laker Jaedin Ness got his team rolling again and 11 second later Noah Loveday added another for the Lakers.

Fort Frances came up short in the end with the Ice Dogs taking the 5-4 victory.

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are back at home this week for games on Wednesay and Friday.

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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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