It was a month ago and the Dryden Ice Dogs were at the 15-game mark of the 2021-2022 season and below the .500 level with a record of 6-8-1. But Dryden has since won 10 straight games to boost its record to 16-8-1 in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League standings.
Notably, eight of the 10 wins have been on the road. But it is also worth noting that of the 10 straight Dryden victories, all have been against the bottom three teams in the SIJHL — four against each of the Wisconsin Lumberjacks and Thief River Falls Norskies and the other two versus the Fort Frances Lakers.
Still, 10 wins in a row is 10 wins in a row.
At any rate, Dryden has one game to play before it takes a three week Christmas break. And that is a home match for the 16-8-1 Ice Dogs when they play host to the 15-3-2 Red Lake Miners on Wednesday.
Second place Dryden leads third seed Red Lake by just a single point and the Miners have five games in hand on the Ice Dogs. Thus, one might expect a hostile environment for the visitors from Red Lake when they invade Dryden Memorial Arena on Wednesday night.