Back-to-back shutouts over Norskies for GM Ice Dogs

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs finally cracked the code for the nearly unbeaten Thief River Norskies over the weekend, notching two shut-out wins. Photo by Allison Garrigan

By Dryden Observer Staff

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs travelled to Thief River Falls last weekend to take on the number one team in the CJHL.

The Norskies had only lost one game before this weekend but the Ice Dogs managed to shut them out twice in their own barn.

On Saturday night, in front of a crowd of over 900, Jacen Bracko  opened the scoring in the first period off an assist from Burke Johnstone and Evan Walls. 

The game remained a close battle; Malcolm Huemmert found an early goal less than two minutes into the second period for the lone goal of the frame.

The third period saw another early goal from Bracko and minutes later Eric Stout added his name to the score sheet to wrap up an Ice Dogs victory.

Jacob Gnidziejko’s stopped all 35 shots he faced for his first shut out as an Ice Dog.

The next night the Ice Dogs managed to shut out the Norskies again with Landon Pavlisin in net.

Sunday’s game saw the Norskies hold off the Ice Dogs until late in the first period when Bracko scored his 28th goal of the season.

A close second period saw each team take one penalty but no goals.

Towards the end of the third period Stout scored his 22nd of the season to give the Ice Dogs a 2-0 victory.

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs now tie the Thief River Falls Norskies for first in the league with 56 points, Dryden has played three more games than the Norskies at this point in the year. 

The Ice Dogs will be back in action at home on Sunday, January 21 hosting the Norskies. 

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