In Red Lake, Ontario on January 3rd, the second place (20-3-4-1) Dryden Ice Dogs headed into 2018 with their Superior International Junior Hockey League match – up against the fourth place (12-12-0-3) English River Miners at the Cochenour Arena. In the last match – up between the Miners and Ice Dogs, English River fell 5 – 1 in Red Lake to Dryden on December 1st.
1:56 into the first period, Kris Hamlin sank his first goal of the season with the opening goal on an Ice Dog power play with Cory Dennis and Woody Galbraith adding the helpers on Dryden’s goal. Jacen Bracko and Evan Walls set up the visitors second of the contest 9:17 into the first on Wyatt Lawrence’s 12th of the season to give Dryden a 2 – 0 lead. At 7:58 of the second period, Nic Herringer finds the back of Ice Dog goaltender Jacob Gnidziejko to pull the Miners within one, Stratton Pickett and Ethan Wong drew the contributors on Herringer’s goal. On a power play, Michael Di Lullo evens the game 2 – 2 at 11:42 of the period for English River with Dante Tisi and Matt O’Neill notching the contributors on Di Lullo’s tying goal.
Tristan Simm scores the go – ahead goal for the Ice Dogs 15:43 into the second with Trey Palermo and Trevor Kavanaugh registering the assists on Simm’s first of the season for Dryden. At 16:21 of the third and on a power play, Brody Jennings scores the tying goal for the Miners with Terix Fischer – Kobes and Herringer adding the helpers on English River’s tying goal. With 14 seconds left in the first overtime, Brody Jennings sinks his second of the game to give English Miner a 4 – 3 overtime win with Zak Albers adding the contributor on Jennings game winner. Dryden goaltender Jacob Gnidziejko turned away 36 of 40 shots in the Ice Dogs 4 – 3 loss on Wednesday evening.
“It was a tough way to lose and we have to be better Friday at home when we host the Miners on Friday evening” said Ice Dog Jacen Bracko.
The Ice Dogs will now host the Miners in Dryden on January 5th in a 7:30 p.m (EST) puck drop.