Hat trick and a goal in shootout for Young as Miners edge GM Ice Dogs

RED LAKE, Ont. – Bryce Young of the Red Lake Miners scored three times in regulation, come close to a fourth in overtime, and added one in the shootout to help lead his side to a 4-3 victory over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in an action-packed Superior International Junior Hockey League contest Tuesday at Cochenour Arena.

Red Lake picked up the lone marker of the first period as Young notched his 20th midway through the frame.

Down a man in the middle stanza, Eric Stout struck shorthanded for Dryden at 5:16 only to see Young notch his second of the night and league-leading 21st a few shifts later to put the Miners back in front after 40 minutes.

The GM Ice Dogs then stormed out of the gate to begin the third as they tallied twice 35 seconds apart before the session was a minute and a half old as Cameron Coutre and Jacob Siebenga both found the back of the net for the visitors.

From there the back and forth affair saw Young work his magic once more by notching his fourth hat trick of the season at 6:59 thanks to a power play effort to help force extra time for his 22nd tally.

A free-wheeling OT saw end-to-end action as both clubs traded quality chances, but saw Dryden netminder Carison Murison and Vince Bennedetto of Red Lake both come up with some big saves.

The end of the extra session saw Young come a split-second shy of notching his fourth of the night with a dramatic decider, but the clock had just expired before the puck entered the net.

Heading to the shootout, Young and Keegan Tiringer both put in impressive markers for the Miners to help them pull out the victory, which was their eight in a row on home ice.

Bennedetto finished with 31 stops and both attempts he saw in extra shots in earning the triumph in net while Murison’s solid 39-save effort helped the GM Ice Dogs pickup a point in the standings.

The two teams will finish off a mid-week home-and-home Wednesday at Dryden’s Memorial Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Photo credit: Patrick Boucha