For the first time since February 16, 2020, the Dryden GM Ice Dogs (7-8-1-0) made the trip south across the border to Thief River Falls, MN to take on the Norskies (2-5-0-0).
Tonight’s affair was the Ice Dogs’ third game of their eight-game road trip.
Dryden GM was looking to rebound after a weekend sweep by the Kam River Fighting Walleye a week ago.
Saskatchewan product Riley Gross was making his fourth start for the blue and white. His counterpart for the home side was Matthew Loney getting the nod for Thief River Falls.
The first period was dominated by the Ice Dogs as they exploded for three goals on 14 shots.
On an early powerplay, Cameron Ware bang home his fourth of the year after Loney stopped the initial point shot from Jackson Jacques.
Brady Frattinger notched the assist.
The hot sticks continued for Dryden just over the midway point in the first period. After the Norskies failed to clear their zone, the puck came to the stick of Dayvan Bull, and he fired a low shot from the point, which Rachonne Henry deflected over the glove of Loney for a 2-0 lead.
Jackson Jacques picked up the secondary assist.
Under two minutes left in the first period, the Ice Dogs extended their lead once again.
After some great board play, Tyler Earl was able to cut to the front of the net, his initial back hand shot was saved and he got his own rebound and put it home for his fourth of the season.
The Ice Dogs led 3-0 after the first period. The shots after 20 minutes were 14-2 for Dryden GM.
Dryden GM picked up where they left off in the first period as the offense continued scoring four goals in the frame.
Off an offensive zone faceoff, Cameron Ware was able to poke the puck to Frattinger and he made no mistake putting Dryden up 4-0.
Cameron Ware picked up his second point of the game with an assist, and Ondrej Bardos added the other assist on the goal.
Forty seconds later the Ice Dogs were able to hold the line and keep the puck in the offensive zone. Lang Lee came off the sideboards and put a seeing-eye shot blocker side for the 5-0 lead.
Kolby Adair added the helper on the play.
That goal would end the night for Loney as he gave up five goals on 18 shots, Matthew Mason would come into the game in relief.
Brady Frattinger would get his second of the game to extend their lead to 6-0. He was able to find the back of the net from a backhand that somehow snuck through Mason.
The onslaught continued for the Ice Dogs as they picked up goal number seven, minutes later.
Rachonne Henry found himself alone in front of the net and was able to beat Mason blocker side for his second of the game.
The shots were 22-7 in the second period in favour of the Ice Dogs.
Thief River Falls was able to get on the board early into the third period.
The Norskies capitalized on an early 5-on-3 powerplay when Nash Mitchell notched his first of the year to break the shutout bid for Gross.
Continuing on the powerplay Landon Frost scored for the home side 28 seconds later to cut the lead to 7-2.
That was all the scoring in the third period as the Ice Dogs picked up their seventh win of the season.
The shots in the third were 9-8 for Thief River Falls for a three-period shot total of 44-18 for Dryden GM.
Riley Gross notched his second win of the season in a 16 save performance.
Dryden GM finished the game 1 for 3 on the powerplay, while the Norskies went 2 for 5 on the man advantage.
These two teams will be back on the ice for a matinee game at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.