At the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Minnesota on December 10th, the first place Thief River Falls Norskies hit the ice when they met the second place Dryden Ice Dogs in a Superior International Junior Hockey League match – up.
1:35 into the second period, Ice Dog Brendan Jay fired the game opener with his fifth of the season to give Dryden a 1 – 0 lead with a pass from Jacen Bracko. Bracko sank the visitors second of the contest 24 seconds before the middle stanza with his 19th of the 2017 – 2018 season. Cory Dennis and Eric Stout set up Bracko’s at the 9:36 mark of the period. Norskie Alec Severson pulls Thief River Falls within one at 19:08 of the period with Logan Jackson and Parker Simonson notching the contributors on Severson’s power play goal.
With 15 seconds remaining in the period, Norskie Connor Bowey sends the hosts into the second intermission even at 2 – 2 with Pete Grytdahl and Jared Pedersen adding the helpers on Bowey’s power play marker. 39 second into the the first overtime and scoring his second of the contest and giving the Norskies a 3 – 2 overtime win was Thief River Falls’s Severson with a power play goal. Bowey and Pedersen had the assists on Severson’s goal. Ice Dog goaltender Jacob Gnidziejko turned away 38 of 41 shots in Dryden’s 3 – 2 loss.
The second place Ice Dogs will host the fifth place Fort Frances Lakers on December 13th in a 7:30 p.m start.