Superior race for first place

February 9, 2023

Dryden Ice Dogs will play host to the Kam River Fighting Walleye this weekend in a two-game showdown between the top teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League.

With a record of 30-7-1 and 61 points, top seed Kam River has a slight edge on Dryden, which has 57 points from a 28-10-1 mark. Kam River holds a game in hand on Dryden. This weekend’s games are slated for Friday and Saturday nights in Dryden.

Both teams are on winning streaks. Kam River has won six straight games while Dryden has skated to nine victories in succession.

The two teams have similar goals for/goals against statistics. Kam River has scored 166 goals and allowed 103. Dryden has potted 167 goals and given up 105.

Individually, Jeremy Dunmore and Jack Cook lead the Fighting Walleye with 15 goals each. Ethan Lang and Anthony Oviedo are next with 12 apiece while Max Leduc has 11 and Ryan Doucette has 10. Meanwhile, Noah Kramps has clicked for six goals in just 11 games. Between the pipes, Eric Vanska has been in the net for 21 of Kam River’s 30 wins.

On the Dryden individual goal scoring chart, James Hooton has found range 22 times followed by Landen Stromme with 19, Brady Frattinger with 18, Max Roby with 15, Bryce Benfield with 14, Jordan Pfoh with 12 and Ryland Maier with 11. Eric Clark has been between the pipes for 18 of Dryden’s wins.

Penalty minutes wise there is a big disparity between the two teams. As the Fighting Walleye has spent 819 minutes in the penalty box, the Ice Dogs have a league high of 1,195 minutes of time in the sin bin.

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