Two down, one to go on the first round victory lap. Dryden Ice Dogs have drawn up a two games to none edge on the Fort Frances Lakers in their best-of-five Superior International Jr. Hockey League playoff procession.
Playing at home on Thursday, Dryden drove past Fort Frances with a decisive 4-1 decision. Game 3 in the series is set for tonight in Fort Frances with Dryden holding the keys to the ignition.
Cole Johnston made 24 saves to turn in his second stellar session in succession in Dryden’s Game 2 verdict. The 20-year old Johnston fashioned a shutout in the series opener that Dryden took in a 5-0 whitewash.
For the second game in a row, 800 fans took in the Ice Dogs triumph at Dryden Memorial Arena. Spark plug forward Brady Frattinger and hard rock defenseman Lane Snell paced the Ice Dogs by both scoring once and adding an assist.
For Snell, the goal was his first in the SIJHL. After beginning the 2021-2022 regular season in the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League, Snell played in 17 games for Dryden and had two assists.
WISCONSIN AT HOME
Wisconsin Lumberjacks will be out to try to extend their series with the Thunder Bay North Stars tonight. The Lumberjacks trail the best-of-five series 2-0 and can force a Game 4 with a home ice victory tonight.