GM Ice Dogs move into 1st place after weekend road sweep of Norskies

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – The surging Dryden GM Ice Dogs defeated the Thief River Falls Norskies 5-0 Saturday evening in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

With the result, Dryden passes Thief River Falls and moves into first place in the SIJHL standings, one point ahead of the Norskies with each team having eight games remaining in the regular season.

The GM Ice Dogs gained the upper hand early by staking themselves to a 2-0 lead after one period of play on markers from Brendan Jay and Jacen Bracko’s league-leading 39th tally.

They added two more in the middle session with Dakotah Woods and Evan Walls adding to the visitors cushion before Ted Davis rounded out the scoring in the final frame.

Eric Stout and Matthew Pitchenese chipped in with two assists each for Dryden, who also won in Thief River Falls Friday evening.

Landon Pavlisin turned aside all 24 shots he faced to post his third shutout of the campaign.

Meanwhile Jackson Nelson faced 37 attempts in defeat for the Norskies.

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