In junior ‘A’ hockey action in Fort Frances, Ontario on January 6th, the fifth place Fort Frances Lakers met the second place Dryden Ice Dogs in Dryden, Ontario in Superior International Junior Hockey League action.
At 5:51 of the first, Laker Ian Jarvis sunk his seventh of the season to give the visitors a 1 – 0 lead with Noah Loveday and Hunter Buzzi adding the helpers on Jarvis’s power play marker. Scoring his third of the season, Woody Galbraith finds the back of Laker goaltender Brett Akin’s net at 15:28 of the period. Kris Hamlin and Bryce McDonald drew the assists on Galbraith’s tying goal. Wyatt Lawrence sinks the go – ahead goal for the Ice Dogs at the 18:36 mark of the first with Cory Dennis and Malcolm Huemmert setting up Lawrence’s 13th of the season.
With his second of the season, Fort Frances Jack Dunnell finds the back of Dryden netminder Jacob Gnidziejko net to even the game 2 – 2 at 1:14 of the middle stanza. Ian Tookenay and Buzzi had the helpers on Dunnell’s tying goal. Evan Walls and Cory Dennis register the assists on Jacen Bracko’s 23rd of the season for the Ice Dogs third of the contest to give Dryden a 3 – 2 lead with 44 seconds remaining in the second. At 9:13 of the final period, Noah Loveday fires an unassisted goal with his ninth of the season to tie the game 3 – 3 for Fort Frances to send the game into overtime. With no result in overtime, Jacen Bracko and Matthew Pitchenese had the lone goals for the Ice Dogs in the shootout to give Dryden a 4 – 3 win over the Lakers. Laker goaltender Brett Akin stopped 46 of 49 shots while Ice Dog netminder turned away 23 of 26 shots in SIJHL regular season action in Dryden Saturday evening.
“Good game to be a part of both teams went at it hard and battled to the end. I commend our guys for their effort and compete level tonight we had our chances it’s coming we need to keep working to get a “W” and feel good about ourselves” said Laker coach Wayne Strachan.
The Lakers and Ice Dogs are back in action on January 8th when they hit the ice in Dryden for a 7:30 p.m (CST) start.