10 Days after their last visit to the Cochenour Arena the Dryden Ice Dogs made another trip up the 105 looking to move their way up the 105 looking to climb up in the SIJHL standings. The Miners sitting in second place would start Vince Benedetto in net while the 5th place Ice Dogs would go with Carson Murison.
Dryden controlled the early pace in first period showing no signs of bus legs. Vince Benedetto stood his ground to keep the Ice Dogs off the scoreboard. Just after killing of a Miners penalty Bryce Young would grab the puck just inside the Miners blue line, head up ice and with a nifty move split two defenders and beat Murison with a wrist shot. Young’s 21st of the season at 10:00 would give the Miners a 1-0 lead. Both teams would cancel out power plays by taking a penalty of their own before the period would end. After 20 minutes of play the Miners would hold a 10-9 edge in shots and have a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard.
Second period action would see more of the extra penalty turning into multiple 4 on 4 hockey situations. Just after a Miners penalty expired Eric Stout took a pass on a 2 on 1 and beat Benedetto at 5:16 to tie the game at 1. Just 3 minutes later shortly after Dryden took a penalty to nullify a power play Bryce Young would answer back for the Miners. With the puck sitting at the feet of the centre men on the draw Young would grab the open puck and beat Murison with a wrist shot at 8:06 to make it 2-1 Miners. In what seemed to take forever the clock finally wound down and the buzzer sounded to end the second period. 20 penalties were called over 20 minutes of play and each team would record 10 shots. After 40 minutes of play the Miners hold a 2-1 lead.
Ice Dogs got the jump in the third period they needed to get some momentum. Just 43 seconds into the period Cameron Coutre would beat Benedetto to tie the game at 2. 35 seconds later Jacob Siebenga would make it 3-2 Dogs. Penalties still playing a factor in the game Miners would get a 5 on 3 power play chance to tie the game. Miners had some chance but could not convert but shortly after the first skater got back on the ice Bryce Young would beat Murison for his 3rd of the night and 23rd of the season to tie the game at 3. The Miners would have to kill off 2 late penalties but managed to keep the puck out of the net and after 60 minutes of play this game is heading to overtime.
As always 3 on 3 hockey gave both teams great scoring chances to end the game. Both Carson Murison and Vince Benedetto would make big saves throughout the extra 5 minutes. Shortly after Vince Benedetto stopped Coutre on a breakaway, Bryce Young grabbed the puck with the clock winding down and managed to beat Murison but not the clock as referees agreed the puck crossed the line after the clock hit 0. So for the first time this season the Miners had to a shootout.
Miners would take the first shot and Morgan Venne went in and had his shot go wide of the net. Benedetto would stop Eric Stout’s five hole attempt on the Ice Dogs first chance. Bryce Young with 3 in regulation, a late one in overtime would deke out Murison and convert to give the Miners the edge. Vince Benedetto would deny Bassi setting up a chance for Tiringer to win it for the Miners. Keegan Tiringer playing his first game at home for the Miners would start wide and cut out front sliding the puck through Murisons pads to end the game. Vince Benedetto made some big saves through out the game enrolee to picking up his 3rd win of the season.
With a key face-off win to set up the second Miners goal and the shootout goal to end the game Keegan Tiringer was given the Goldcorp Red Lake Mines “Hard To Play Against” hard hat.
The yellow “Mucker” of the game helmet was given to Ethan Stuckless for his hard work.
North Star Air 3 Stars
1. #21 Bryce Young Red Lake Miners
2. #17 Cameron Coutre Dryden Ice Dogs
3. #29 Vince Benedetto Red Lake Miners