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North Stars dole out losses for ‘Dogs following impressive wins at SIJHL Showcase

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Dryden Observer Staff

It was a busy week for the Dryden GM Ice Dogs and it all began in Fort Frances for the annual SIJHL Showcase.  

The Ice Dogs took on the Minnesota Iron Rangers in their first showcase game and the boys displayed why they a force to be reckoned with.  

The first period saw Dryden GM dominate with goals from Woody Galbraith, Tristan Simm and two from Evan Walls to grab an early 4-0 lead.

In the second period Galbraith added another tally halfway through the frame and Jacen Bracko scored two quick short handed goals 45 second apart to get the Dogs up 7-0 after two periods.

Dryden continued to dominate in the third period with goals from Dakotah Woods, Connor Mowatt and two goals from Matthew Pitchenese. Dryden came out of the game with an 11-0 win and a shut out for Jacob Gnidziejko.  

The next day the Ice Dogs took on the host Fort Frances Lakers with the home team getting an early lead.  

Ian Tookenay and Adam Withers got Fort Frances up late in the first period to leave it 2-0 for the Lakers.

A close second period saw Jacen Bracko getting the Dryden GM Ice Dogs on the board.  

In the third period Walls and Malcolm Huemmert got the Ice Dogs on top but with 47 second left Tookenay tied the game and forced extra time.

With no goals in over time the game went to a shoot out; Bracko and Pitchenese each scored and Landon Pavlisin faced down two Lakers shooters to secure another Ice Dogs victory.   

On Friday in Thunder Bay the Dryden GM Ice Dogs took on the streaking Thunder Bay North Stars.

The North Stars earned the lone goal of the first period from Avery Siau.  

In the second period Kris Hamlin scored on the power play to tie it up but then came an onslaught from Thunder Bay.  

Keighan Gerrie scored two goals 19 seconds apart and then the North Stars scored two more from Alexnader Erwin and Kyle Auger thus ending Gnidziejko’s night. No more goals were scored in the second with Pavlisin between the pipes.

The third period saw a North Stars goal from Alex Maticic before Jacen Bracko answered back. Again Siau would score and Eric Stout would answer back but it would not be enough as Dryden went down 7-3.

Finally on Saturday the Dryden GM Ice Dogs got shut out 4-0 in Thunder Bay. North Stars Auger scored two, Maticic grabbed another and Ryan Mignault scored the final goal of the night. 

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are back on the road this week for a pair of games in Hoyt Lakes.

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