Like ’em or not, the big, bad Dryden Ice Dogs are sledding their way towards the top of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League standings.
The ferocious Ice Dogs continued to mark territory on the weekend with a two-game road romp over the Thief River Falls Norskies.
After a resounding 13-1 win over Thief River Falls to begin the weekend, Dryden then made a statement of conclusion with a 7-0 whitewash.
The hard-plugging Ice Dogs have now won six straight games — all on the road — to conclude November. Dryden has a record of 12-8-1 and is in a dog fight with the Kam River Fighting Walleye, Red Lake Miners and Thunder Bay North Stars in a frantic four team race for first place at the top of the SIJHL ladder.
Scoring leader Maxime Collette and his sidekick Tristan Takats padded their statistics in the Dryden take down of Thief River Falls. Collette had eight points in the two games while fellow 20-year forward Takats added seven.
Collette leads the Ice Dogs scoring parade with 19 goals, 13 assists, 32 points in 19 games. Takats, meanwhile, has 10 goals, 14 assists, 24 points in just 15 outings.
Other top scorers for Dryden include Brady Frattinger with seven goals, 11 assists, 18 points, Cameron Ware with 9-8-17 totals and Tyler Earl with 7-9-16 numbers. Then there is another forward, Ondrej Bardos, who has six goals, seven assists, 13 points in just 10 games.
Of further note, young defenseman Dayvan Bull has one goal, four assists, five points in six games since being acquired by the Ice Dogs from the Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Jr. Hockey League.