With the Dryden Ice Dogs headed into game three of 2017 Superior International Junior Hockey League Bill Salonen Championships with a 2 – 0 lead on April 18th against the English River Miners in Red Lake, Ontario in post – season action. The Ice Dogs are coming off 5 – 2 and 3 – 1 wins in the best of seven series in Dryden in game one and two.
6:59 into the opening period, Dryden’s Nic Noseworthy finds the back of the Miners net for his second of the post – season with a pass from Braeden Allkins drawing the contributor on Noseworthy’s goal to give the Ice Dogs a 1 – 0 lead. Dryden’s Matt Pitchense sinks the Ice Dogs second of the game and his first play – off goal to bring the hosts lead to 2 – 1 at the 13:57 mark of the period with Chris Atanas and Garrett Giertuga adding the assists on Pitchenese’s goal. With 1:25 left in the first, Matt Leniuk sends a pass to Garrett Giertuga for his first of the 2017 post – season to increase the Ice Dogs lead to 3 – 0 heading into the first intermission of game four.
Michael Di Lullo sank the Miners first goal of the game at 12:04 of the middle stanza to bring the English River within two. Dante Raposo and Dante Tisi drew the helpers on Di Lullo’s power play marker. Raposo closed the gap to one 14:52 into the period with Trevor Pereverzoff and Di Lullo adding the assists on Raposo’s power play goal. Derek McPhail and Cory Dennis had the contributors on Allkins sixth goal of the play – offs to give the Ice Dogs a 4 – 2 lead at the 16:59 mark of the second. Scoring his fifth of the post – season and bringing Dryden’s lead to 5 – 2 was veteran Ice Dog McPhail at 17:37 of the period with Noseworthy and Colton Sandboe set up McPhail’s power play goal. Jacen Bracko had the SIJHL 2017 league champions, sixth of the contest with his second of the play – offs with a pass from Brayden Aubin at 17:49.
With 1:39 left in the period, Pitchenese scored his second of the game to send the hosts into the second intermission up 7 – 2 with Dennis and Eric Stout adding the assists. At 2:21 of the final period and sinking his second of the post – season, Garrett Graham adds to the Ice Dogs lead with Leniuk and Woody Galbraith adding the helpers to give Dryden a 8 – 2 win. Ice Dog goaltender backstopped Dryden to a 8 – 2 win in game three with turning away 28 of 30 shots in Red Lake.
The Ice Dogs can close out the 2017 Bill Salonen Championship series with a win in Red Lake on Thursday April 20th with Dryden leading the series 3 – 0. Game time will be 7:30 p.m at the Cochenour Arena.