On a cool crisp November night the Dryden Ice Dogs travelled up the 105 to the Cochenour Arena to face the Red Lake Miners. Recently acquired Tyler Thompson would get the start for the visitors while Vince Benedetto would get the start for the home team. Both teams were looking to get back in the win column after both lost their last game.
The beginning of first period got off to a sloppy start with not much flow and quite a few whistles. Dryden would get on the board first after a bad defensive play by the Miners led to Cameron Coutre finishing off a 2 on 1 play beating a helpless Benedetto to make it 1-0 at 6:53. The Miners would tie it up at 1 at 7:57. Playing in his first game as a Miner Morgan Venne found himself wide open and beat Thompson for his first SIJHL goal. Spencer Milne would make it 2-1 Miners at 12:38 beating Thompson with a wrist shot for his 6th of the year.After 20 minutes the Miners would outshoot Dryden 10-7 and lead 2-1.
Miners would carry the momentum into the second period and would take a 3-1 lead at 9:53. Sean Gula would take a pass from Venne and beat Thompson blocker side for his second of the year. The momentum would swing back towards Dryden before Curtis Magas would score on the power play at 14:38 to make it 3-2. The Miners would try to take momentum back on a power play of their own but Cameron Coutre was sprung free for a shorthanded breakaway. Benedetto made the initial save but Coutre was awarded a penally shot and was successful to make it a 3-3 tie at 17:55.But captain Michael DiLullo would put the Miners up again at 18:45. DiLullo would bang a loose puck past Thompson for his 8th of the season and a 4-3 lead. Second period shots favour the Ice Dogs 13-11 but after 40 minutes the Miners lead 4-3.
Third period action saw things getting chippy and some penalties after the whistle which tends to happen when these 2 teams play. Neither team could convert on any power play opportunities and Vince Benedetto would shut the door on the Ice Dogs stopping all 10 shots he would face in the third. A late post on an empty net caused a little panic when the Miners couldn’t pad the lead but after 60 minutes of play the final score is Red Lake Miners 4 Dryden Ice Dogs 3. Vince Benedetto picks up his second win of the year.
With 4 points in his first game as a Miner Morgan Venne from Saskatoon was given the Goldcorp Red Lake Mines “Hard To Play Against” helmet.
With 1 goal and 2 assists and some great pressure in the offensive zone Spencer Milne was the recipient of the yellow “Mucker” of the game helmet.
Game Notes : With his first period assist captain Michael DiLullo has now set franchise records in all three offensive categories for Goals, Assists and Points. Miners have now won 7 straight at the Cochenour Arena.
North Star Air 3 Stars
1. #19 Morgan Venne Red Lake Miners
2. #17 Cameron Coutre Dryden Ice Dogs
3 #12 Michael DiLullo Red Lake Miners