Dryden Ice Dogs outshot the Kam River Fighting Walleye by a reported 82-54 margin over a pair of weekend showdown matches between the top two teams in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. But Kam River puck stopper Eric Vanska was the difference maker for the visiting Fighting Walleye.
Vanska stopped 77 of the 82 shots he faced and Kam River scored 5-2 and 5-3 victories over Dryden as the Fighting Walleye increased its lead over the Ice Dogs atop the standings to eight points — and with a game in hand.
Kam River now has 65 points from a record of 32-7-1 while Dryden has a 28-12-1 mark and 57 points.
As for the 20-year old Vanska, he now has a record of 23-4-1 to go with a 2.70 goals against average and .919 save percentage.