DRYDEN, Ont. – A night after getting thumped 7-1 by the English River Miners, the Dryden GM Ice Dogs responded in a big way Saturday by repaying the favour with a convincing 7-2 triumph over the same opponents in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at Memorial Arena.
Dryden came out flying in the first period firing 22 shots on target and grabbing a 3-0 lead before the frame was 15 minutes old.
Bryce McDonald and Eric Stout connected 60 seconds apart to send the GM Ice Dogs on their way while Luke Bellerose notched the eventual game-winner at 14:22.
English River got one back before the session was complete with Michael Di Lullo scoring during a man advantage late in the frame.
Up a man to begin the second, the Miners pulled to within one as red-hot Jared Janke scored for a sixth straight game, giving him 13 tallies in that span, to make it 3-2.
However, Dryden regrouped and matched that on a Samson Mouland effort at 14:52 to put them up by a pair heading into the third.
It that final frame, the GM Ice Dogs put the game away by tacking on a trio of tallies in the final half of the period to secure the win.
After Malcolm Huemmert made it 5-2 for the home side, Bellerose scored twice more to complete a three-goal night and finish off the offensive outburst.
Dryden also outshot English River on the evening by a 45-34 margin with Justin Anderson picking up the win while Michael Lenko was saddled with the loss.
Photo credit: Michael Christianson, Dryden Observer