Malcom Huemmert scored twice for the Dryden GM Ice Dogs, but it wasn't quite enough last night. They fell 5-3 to the Red Lake Miners at the Dog Pound. After the final whistle Huemmert agreed they were missing some big names from their roster.

"It's never any excuse right. I guess you gotta get out there and try and play our game. Puck bounces weren't going our way. We were trying to get to the net, but they got the best of us," he said.pakkalaevanEvan Pakkala centres the puck for a scoring chance in the first period Wednesday night against Red Lake.

Dryden built a 3-1 lead early in the second, but then seemed to run out of steam, as the Miners scored four unanswered goals for the 5-3 victory.

The Ice Dogs are certainly looking forward to having some healthy bodies back in the lineup, including captain Trey Palermo. Thief River comes for a visit this weekend, as the regular season winds down.

Puck drop Saturday is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Dog Pound, and they'll play the rematch Sunday afternoon.

The first round of the playoffs are set for March 19 to 26. If they started today, the Ice Dogs would take on the Fort Frances Lakers, who they beat 9-2, as part of a weekend sweep last week.

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