Hard-toiling forward Nakoda Thunderchief — who was busted out of the Fort Frances cellar in a trade deadline deal with the Lakers — paid a two-goal dividend to help the visiting Dryden Ice Dogs steal the opener of their semi-final playoff series with the Red Lake Miners.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven Superior International Jr. Hockey League set is clocked for Sunday night in Red Lake.
Playing on the road, no. 3 seed Dryden was able to overcome 11 minor penalties to upend no. 2 seed Red Lake by a 7-4 score in Thursday’s series starter.
Besides first star Thunderchief and his relentless effort, captain Cameron Ware and fellow forward Ondrej Bardos also tallied twice for Dryden and spark plug skater Brady Frattinger scored once in support of the 31 save performance of Cole Johnston, who won his fourth straight game without a loss in this spring’s playoffs.
Ryan Howe had a pair of goals for Red Lake.