After a 7 – 2 win in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota on February 9th over the Minnesota Iron Rangers, the (29-5-6-1) second place Dryden Ice Dogs hit the ice 24 hours later in Hoyt Lakes against the sixth place (3-35-1-2) Iron Rangers in a Superior International Junior Hockey League match – up.
Dryden’s Cory Dennis fires the first goal of the contest on his 13th of the season 7:42 into the opening period with Trey Palermo and Jacen Bracko adding the helpers on Dennis’s power play marker. Eli Kinsman finds the back of Ice Dog goaltender Landon Pavlisin’s net at 14:49 of the period to even the game 1 – 1 for Minnesota. Erik Engdahl and Max Sturko had the assists on Kinsman’s tying goal. Conner Mowatt scores the go – ahead goal for the visitors at 15:35 of the first. Brendan Jay and Malcom Huemmert set up Mowatt’s third of the season. With Dryden shorthanded unassisted goal with 1:26 remaining in the middle stanza, Eric Stout finds the back of the Iron Ranger’s net with his 25th of the season to give the Ice Dogs a 3 – 2 lead.
At 8:12 of the thrid and sinking the lone goal of the final period, Mihali See ties the game 3 – 3 with an unassisted Minnesota goal to send the game into overtime. Minnesota’s Mihali See was the only one to find the back of the net in the shootout to give the Iron Rangers a 4 – 3 win over the Ice Dogs. Goaltender Pavlisin stopped 27 of 30 shots in Dryden’s second shootout loss of the 2017 – 2018 season.
Dryden will now be back on the road for a February 13th match – up in Red Lake to face the fourth place English River Miners in a 7:30 p.m start.