Dryden Ice Dogs stared down the cold reality of elimination on Saturday and did not blink. Thus, the Ice Dogs have extended their Superior International Jr. Hockey League playoff season to at least another game.
Playing on the road and with the game tied 2-2 and the third period clock ticking, Tyler Earl scored his third goal of the playoffs at the 12:46 mark, league MVP Maxime Collette finished off a hat trick with an empty net tally at 19:44 and Dryden upended the Red Lake Miners with a clutch 4-2 victory. Red Lake still leads the series, albeit now by a 3-2 margin.
Game 6 in the best of seven SIJHL semi-final goes tonight at Dryden Memorial Arena, where thus far the Ice Dogs have lost both games of the set to the Miners. In fact, Red Lake has the only home ice victory through five games of the series to date.
Back to Saturday’s match, besides the scoring exploits of Earl and Collette, Dryden goalie Cole Johnston made 33 saves and the Ice Dogs successfully killed off all nine penalties they were handed — and even scored a shorthanded goal for good measure.
Nic Bolin had a goal and an assist in defeat for Red Lake.