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Ice Dogs Beat Miners To Force Game 6

The Dryden Ice Dogs travelled up Highway 105 to the Cochenour Arena looking to extend their season.  Trailing 3 games to 1 in the series Cole Johnston would get the call in net for the Ice Dogs while Kiev Kineshanko would get the start for the Miners.

The Ice Dogs would strike first on a 5 on 3  power play.  League MVP Maxime Collette  skated in from the blue line and ripped a shot past Kineshanko for his second of the playoffs.   The Miners had their opportunity to get back in the game with a 4 on 3 power play and a 5 on 3 power play but failed to beat Johnston.  After 20 minutes the Ice Dogs lead 1-0 and shots on goal were tied at 13.

The second period would have the Miners carrying the pace of play.  The Miners power play has been an issue in the playoffs and this would carry on tonight.  Maxime Collette would get sprung free for the second time being a man short and beat Kineshanko for a shorthanded marker to put the Ice Dogs up 2-0.  Alim Darmenov would pull the Miners within 1 when his shot from the point would evade Johnston at 14:04.  The Miner would out shoot the Ice Dogs 13 to 5 in the second period but trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes.

Third period action saw Nic Bolin tie the game at 2 just after the Ice Dogs successfully killed off a 5 on 3 for his second of the playoffs.  Any momentum the Miners had was short lived when Tyler Earl redirected a shot from Jordan Gagnon past Kineshanko just over a minute later.  The Miners would continue to push to tie it up but Johnston would stand his ground.  With Kineshanko on the bench for the extra attacker Collette would break free again to score his third of the night with 16 seconds left on the clock to seal the Ice Dogs 4-2 win.  Final shots on net Miners 35 Ice Dogs 28.

Game 6 is Sunday April 17 in Dryden at 7:30pm.