The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are off to a great start in the SIJHL playoffs. They blanked the Fort Frances Lakers 5-0 in the first of a five-game series at the Dog Pound last night. They have the day off today before facing off against Fort tomorrow.

The Fort Frances Muskies paid a visit to the Broncos in court sport action yesterday. On the basketball court, the Muskies defeated the short-handed junior boys Broncos 49-24 and the senior Broncos lost another close one 58-55. On the volleyball court the junior girls lost 2 sets to zero, while the senior girls picked up the only win of the day 2-0.

Playoffs for the senior girls volleyball team will take place next Monday while the junior boys basketball team will play on Tuesday with both being played in Dryden.

The Saints were also in action in Ignace on the court yesterday as they swept the Falcons. The T.A Senior Girls Volleyball team dominated winning three straight sets. In basketball, the Junior Boys took it 58-41. A bit of a tighter game for the Senior Boys, they won 47-42. The Saints will next host the Sioux North Warriors tomorrow.

The Special Olympics bowling regional competition wrapped up last night with some high scores locally. Daley Ross earned 217, Brittany Malmo got 162, Brennon Spencer-Gropp bowled a 156. MVP went to Tammy Wright with 120.  Results of the competition will be up in the coming weeks.

Auston Matthews regained the N-H-L's goal-scoring lead, registering his 49th of the season in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins at T-D Garden.

Elsewhere, the Colorado Avalanche earned a 2-1 road win over the Calgary Flames, the Florida Panthers downed Montreal 7-4.

Playing the night after their owner, Eugene Melnyk, died at the age of 62, the Senators dropped a 4-1 road decision to the Nashville Predators.