With game four of the Superior International Junior Hockey League Bill Salonen Championship series taking place on April 20th, the Dryden Ice Dogs took to the ice in Red Lake holding a 3 – 0 best of seven series lead over the hosts, the English River Miners.
44 seconds into the first period, Austin Kuhn opened scoring to give the Miners a 1 – 0 lead with Dante Raposo and Michael Di Lullo adding the assists on Kuhn’s goal. Lucas Robinson fires a pass to Nic Noseworthy to even the game 1 – 1 with Noseworthy’s third of the play – offs at 4:06 of the first. At 8:15 of the period, Braeden Allkins sinks his seventh of the post – season to give Dryden a 2 – 1 lead with Derek McPhail and Noseworthy setting up Allkins go – ahead goal. Dante Raposo sinks the tying goal for English River at 17:36 of the period with a helper from Jared Janke on Raposo’s power play goal. With 1:54 left in the period, McPhail finds Allkins to send Dryden into the first intermission up 3 – 2 for the Ice Dogs.
At 17:02 of the second, Ice Dog veteran McPhail gives Dryden a two goal lead with his sixth of the play – offs. Jacen Bracko had the contributor on McPhail’s goal. English River’s Colton Johnson pulls the Miners within one 37 seconds into the third with a pass from Sidney Gladue. 14 seconds later, Matt Leniuk hands the Ice Dogs their two goal lead back with Braedyn Aubin adding the helpers on Leniuk’s first of the 2017 play – offs.
With his second of the post – season, Dryden’s Cory Dennis found the back of English River netminder Michael Lenko’s net to bring the Ice Dogs lead to 6 – 3 with a helper from Woody Galbraith two seconds before the halfway mark of the third. With Lenko on the Miner bench for an extra attacker, Noseworthy cements the Ice Dogs win on an unassisted goal with Dryden’s seventh of the contest with 4:45 left in the game. Ice Dog goaltender Patrick Zubick stopped 25 of 28 shots in Dryden’s 7 – 3 win over English River.
In their third straight appearance in the Bill Salonen Championship final series, the Dryden Ice Dogs are crowned the 2017 SIJHL Champions for the first time since 2008. The Ice Dogs will now take three days off before returning to the ice on Monday April 24th to prepare for the 2017 Dudley Hewitt Cup in Trenton, Ontario on May 2nd – 6th.
Photo Credit: Mike Christianson