The Dryden Ice Dogs were making their ninth appearance in the Bill Salonen Superior International Junior Hockey League Championship when they hosted the English River Miners on April 15th in Dryden. The Miners were making franchise history with hitting the ice for the first time in the SIJHL championship on Saturday evening.
47 seconds past the halfway mark of the opening period, Miner Austin Kuhn scores English River’s first of the game to give the visitors a 1 – 0 lead at the 10:47 mark of the first period with a pass from Jamie Driedger. With a scramble in front of Miner goaltender Patrick Zubick, Ice Dog Derek McPhail sank Dryden’s tying goal on his fourth of the post – season to even the game 1 – 1 at the 4:54 mark of the middle stanza. Braeden Allkins and Kristopher Hamlin drew the helpers on McPhail’s tying goal. At 13:49 of the period, Hamlin finds Allkins with a pass to give Dryden the lead with a goal behind Zubick to bring the game to 2 – 1.
With 50 seconds left in the period, Hamlin sends the Ice Dogs into second intermission up 3 – 1. McPhail had the contributor on Hamlin’s third of the 2017 play – offs with Dryden’s third of the contest. Ice Dog goaltender Zubick made 15 saves in Dryden’s 3 – 1 win.
The Ice Dogs will now head into Red Lake, Ontario with a 2 – 0 series lead when they meet the Miners on April 18th in a 7:30 p.m start.