The Dryden GM Ice Dogs stormed out to a 3-0 first-period lead and never looked en route to a 6-2 win over the Fort Frances Lakers on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Ice Dogs (12-11-2-1) were strong early as they tallied three times before the first period was 10-and-a-half minutes old on markers by Trygve Many Guns, Evan Pakkala, and Kyle Sargent to chase Lakers’ starter Matt Booth.
Cameron Coutre then struck on a short-handed breakaway 3:05 into the second when he snapped a shot past Jacob Gnidziejko to make it 4-0.
The Lakers (10-16-0-0) finally got on the board midway through the frame when Dane Bateman banged home the rebound of Jaedin Ness’ shot on a two-man advantage to trim it to 4-1.
Many Guns got that back for Dryden later in the period, however, as he notched his second of the night after the Lakers’ defence coughed the puck up behind their own net.
Ryan Brand made it 6-1 at 4:07 of the third before Nate Drobnick rounded out the scoring when he snapped one in from the point.
Dryden outshot Fort Frances by a 42-26 margin, with Jordan Wilde picking up the win.
Booth suffered the loss, finishing with five saves while Gnidziejko stopped 31-of-34 attempts in his lengthy relief stint.
The fifth-place Lakers resume action this Wednesday when they face those same fourth-place Ice Dogs in Dryden.
Then they’ll cap the week by hosting the third-place Thief River Falls Norskies (14-9-3-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.