On a cool September day the Red Lake Miners head south on HWY 105 to Dryden to face the Dryden GM Ice Dogs at the Memorial Arena. Dryden GM hoping the unveiling of their new jerseys in front of a boisterous home crowd will bring them luck. Getting his first Junior A start in net and first as a Miner is Zac Wilms. Dryden goes with Carson Murison between the pipes.
After some back and forth chances Dryden GM would get on the board first on the power play on Malcolm Huemmert goal. The Miners would tie it up at 1 at 14:28. Bryce Young would carry the puck end to end before a quick wrist shot would beat Murison for Young’s first goal as a Miner. The first period would end with a few more penalties and after 20 minutes the score is tied at 1. Shots on goal in the first were 14-12 in favour of the Ice Dogs.
Michael DiLullo would open the second period scoring on the power play. At 13:33 DiLullo would grab the puck off the draw and put it past Murison for his 1st of the year. At 14:46 Bryce Young would score his second goal of the game deflecting a Stratton Pickett shot. The Miners would make it 4-1 just under a minute later when Dante Tisi would score his first of the year on the power play at 15:41. Dryden Gm would make it 4-2 with a power play tally of their own with Carter Brown scoring his 1st of the season. Miners would add one more before the period ends. At 19:28 Spencer Milne pots his first goal of the season and after 40 minutes the Miners lead 5-2.
Third period got off to an interesting start as Malcolm Huemert ran goaltender Zach Wilms just 11 seconds into the period. Ty Lawrence would make it 6-2 with just over 13 minutes left on the clock scoring his first SIJHL goal beating Murison five hole. Eric Stout would get his first of the season to round out the scoring. Final score Red Lake Miners 6 Dryden GM Ice Dogs 3. Zach Wilms gets his first SIJHL win while Murison takes the loss.
The Goldcorp – Hard to Play Against Hard Hat went to Bryce Young with a 2 goal performance.
The Mucker- Yellow Helmet game award went to Zach Wilms stopping 45 of the 48 shots he faced for his first Junior ‘A’ win.
The long trip home will be a happy one for the Miners defeating the Ice Dogs in Dryden for the first time in regulation since January 24, 2015. Miners next game will be October 5th when they return to Dryden.