Ice Dog fans definitely got their money's worth on Family Day, as they took the league-leading North Stars to a shootout. In the end, Thunder Bay came out on top, but Dryden's Graham Oliphant took it all in stride.
"It was a good character build," he said. "The guys came back to score three goals with seven minutes left. It really showed how well we can come together."
Last night, there were seven Thistle alumni on the roster, including North Stars captain Ryan Mignault, who is enjoying the ride in a stellar season.
"I think we're having an awesome season," he said afterwards. "We've got a tight-knit group of guys in there. Everyone's having fun. We're pushing through and winning games. It's about as good as you can get."
Next weekend's hometown proud showcase will include Oliphant, along with Ice Dogs captain Trey Palermo and Dylan Winsor of Ear Falls.
"It means a lot. Ever since I was a little kid watching these guys. Growing up, the English River Miners were the hometown at the time. Watching the big rivalry with the Ice Dogs, I wanted to play junior here as soon as I could," he said.