Wisconsin picks up road win in Dryden

DRYDEN, Ont. – A Cameron Birkeland power play marker with just over seven minutes remaining in the third period proved to be the game-winner as the visiting Wisconsin Lumberjacks pulled out a 4-3 win over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs Friday evening in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at Memorial Arena.

After a scoreless opening frame, Dryden took a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes as they sandwiched goals from Malcolm Huemmert and Mark Walchuk around one from Wisconsin’s Nicholas Solema.

In the third, the Lumberjacks tallied twice before the final session was five minutes old on tallies from Parker Brakebill and Solema’s second of the night.

Nolan Marshall tied it for the GM Ice Dogs at 11:13, but Birkeland answered that a couple shifts later to help the guests pull out the road win.

Nathan Mueller in the Wisconsin net was credited with 55 saves in recording the victory.

Dryden starter Jacob Anthony meanwhile faced 40 shots in defeat.

The first-year Lumberjacks have now won three of their past four games.

Photo credit: John Butts