A record of 16-9-1 through 26 games will take the Dryden Ice Dogs into the Christmas holiday break with 33 points in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League standings.
The Ice Dogs, who have won 10 of their past 11 games after struggling with a 6-8-1 record through their first 15 outings, are now off from SIJHL competition until January 7.
Notably, the Canadian Jr. Hockey League trade deadline is set for January 10 and it remains to be seen if Dryden general manager and coach Kurt Walsten will make any moves with the Ice Dogs in a tight four team race for the top spots in the SIJHL.
Statistically, as a team to date, the Ice Dogs have scored 132 goals and allowed 73 while wracking up a league-leading 629 minutes in penalties in 26 games.
Individually, Dryden has five players who have 10 goals or more — Maxime Collette leads the pack with 24 tallies followed by Tristan Takats with 16, Cameron Ware with 13, Brady Frattinger with 12 and Derek Koivisto with 10.
Between the pipes, the Ice Dogs have used six goalies to date and all six have at least one win in a Dryden uniform. Jordan Belley leads the way with eight wins.