Malcolm Huemmert scored twice and added an assist to help the Dryden GM Ice Dogs to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Fort Frances Lakers on Saturday night in both teams’ return from the SIJHL’s holiday break.
Dryden wasted little time getting going as Rayman Bassi opened the scoring just 10 seconds into the game.
Kevin Parra-Vaughan doubled the Ice Dogs’ lead two minutes later before Huemmert made it 3-0 at 5:47 to spell an early end to Lakers’ starter Jacob Gnidziejko’s night, who was replaced by Matt Booth.
The score stayed that way until the final moments of the second frame when Jaedin Ness finished off a Reece Hopfner feed to trim it to 3-1 after 40 minutes.
But Dryden put the game away in the third as they tacked on three more markers.
Eric Stout’s 19th made it 4-1 midway through the final frame before Jacob Siebenga and Huemmert capped the scoring.
Kyle Sargent and Evan Pakkala chipped in with two assists apiece for Dryden.
Jordan Wilde made 35 saves to earn the win while Gnidziejko suffered the loss in allowing three goals on just eight shots.
Booth handled 43-of-46 attempts fired his way in lengthy relief for Fort Frances.
The fifth-place Lakers (11-18-0-0) resume action Wednesday night when they hit the road to face the third-place Thief River Falls Norskies (17-9-3-1).
Then they’ll cap the week by hosting the fourth-place Ice Dogs (14-12-3-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.