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Dryden GM Ice Dogs played three games last week against three different opponents and had to take the long way for some wins.
On the January 16, the Ice Dogs welcomed the Fort Frances Lakers to town. Evan Walls opened the scoring for the Ice Dogs just over six minutes into the game but Fort managed to tie it up not long after with a tally from Isaac Baron. The game remain tied until nine minutes into the second period when Cordell Boyko got his first as an Ice Dog off an assist from Kevin Parra-Vaughan.
A short-handed goal from Fort’s Brett Hahkala tied the game back up less than three minutes later. A quick pair of power play goals from Walls and Kyle Sargent got the Ice Dogs up by two. In the third period Chase Robideau scored three minutes into the frame for Fort Frances before Hahkala tied the game on the power play.
A scoreless overtime lead to a shootout which saw 10 shooters from each team as they went round for round. Robineau was the ninth shooter for Fort Frances and the first to beat Jacob Anthony. Brandt answered back for Dryden and after the Lakers missed their next shot Tyler Browning wrapped up the game with a goal and the win for the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.
On Friday the Ice Dogs faced the league-leading North Stars. A scoreless first period lead into the second where Ryan Mignault scored just under two minutes into the frame for Thunder Bay. The next goal belonged to Brandt who got the Ice Dogs on the board with a power play marker. Mignault scored again to wrap up the second period, also a power play marker. The third period was all North Stars as Michael Stubbs and Brendan Gillis each added goals to leave it 4-1.
Finally on Saturday the Ice Dogs travelled, in the frigid cold, to Red Lake to face the Miners in their barn. Michael Di Lullo opened the scoring for Red Lake before Dryden put their foot on the gas and scored three from Evan Pakkala, Jacon Siebenga, and a short-handed goal from Trygve Many Guns.
Eric Stout added another in the second period but Bryce Young answered back for the Miners. In the third period the Miners regrouped to a goal from Ethan Stuckless and another from Young to force extra time. With eleven second left in over time Brandt scored the winner to get Dryden their two points.
The Ice Dogs are back in action again on Wednesday, January 23 at home to take on the Miners.