It was a four point weekend for your Dryden GM Ice Dogs, as they moved to only one point behind the Thief River Falls Norskies in the SIJHL standings.
It all kicked off with Saturday’s 12th annual Pink the Rink night, as the Ice Dogs wore special pink jerseys featuring the names of community members that have been affected by cancer, fans wore pink as well, and the arena was host to a number of fundraisers and auctions – all in support of the oncology unit at the Dryden Regional Health Centre.
“It was such a great evening. Of course, the Dryden community came out to show us their support for the team and the Pink the Rink initiative. It was great,” said Secretary and Communications lead for the Dryden GM Ice Dogs, Natasha Lovenuk-Markham.
“Pink the Rink is a great opportunity for us to give back. All proceeds from the night will be going towards the Dryden Regional Health Centre. Thank you to Dryden for supporting us. It’s so nice to be able to raise funds and keep them locally, so the people that need it the most in the community will get to benefit from it.”
Trygve Many Guns had two goals and an assist, Eric Stout scored twice, and Trey Palermo scored his eighth of the year to lead the Dogs to a 5 – 1 win. Goaltender Jacob Anthony made 49 saves, including one on a penalty shot.
In Sunday’s matinee rematch, Cameron Coutre scored twice and Braden Shae had a goal and two assists as the Dogs took out the Norskies with another 5 – 1 win. Many Guns and Ryan Brandt also scored in the Sunday game, with Anthony making another 48 saves in the win.
Before the start of Sunday’s game, the Ice Dogs retired forward Eric Stout’s #14 jersey, in honour of him becoming the all-time franchise goal leader. He scored his 90th goal earlier this season to take over the lead from forward Jacen Bracko, who held the record with 89 goals.
Stout was named the league’s top player of the week earlier this month. The Brainerd, Minnesota player currently has 38 goals and 36 assists in 52 games this season for the Ice Dogs, and is their leading scorer with 74 points. He sits 7th in SIJHL scoring, and is only 4 points shy of becoming the 9th SIJHL player to post 200 points throughout their career.
The Ice Dogs sit fourth in the league with 64 points, with their last regular season game taking place on Friday in Fort Frances against the Lakers, who are in fifth place with 37 points. The Norskies have 65 points, Red Lake has 75, and the Thunder Bay North Stars are first with 94 points. The Minnesota Iron Rangers sit in sixth place, with 6 points.
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Stout’s jersey retired
Stout standing out in SIJHL