Malcom Huemmert notched his first two SIJHL goals, and set up one more, to help the Dryden GM Ice Dogs beat the visiting Fort Frances Lakers 6-2 on Saturday night.
It was all Dryden early on as the Ice Dogs stormed out to a 3-0 first-period lead on tallies by Huemmert, Josh Sylvain, and Evan Walls.
The Lakers got one back 4:45 into the second stanza thanks to Nick Lucas’ power-play goal.
But the Ice Dogs answered by tacking on two more before the period was over on markers from Eric Stout and Jacen Bracko.
Skylar Lentz brought the Lakers closer 53 seconds into the third, but Huemmert capped his three-point night just 90 seconds later to round out the scoring.
Bryce McDonald assisted on both of Huemmert’s goals while Trevor Kavanaugh also had a pair of helpers for the Ice Dogs.
Logan Sawka faced 36 shots to earn the win.
Rob Ivy started in goal for the Lakers and suffered the loss, allowing five goals on 27 shots in just over 33 minutes of work.
Michael Binczyk handled 16-of-17 shots in relief.
The Lakers were coming off a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Iron Rangers on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena here thanks to a four-goal outburst in the second period.
Damien Carigni and Lucas scored 64 seconds apart just past the midway mark of the opening frame to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead.
The Iron Rangers got one back before intermission on Zach Hayes’ third of the season.
Jaedin Ness restored the home side’s cushion early in the second before Lucas added another at 6:43.
Fort Frances kept coming and went up 5-1 at 11:46 when Charlie Wilkie then netted his first SIJHL marker at 11:46 to make it 5-1.
The visitors narrowed the gap at 16:54 when Eli Kinsman converted on a power play.
But the Lakers countered quickly, with Ian Jarvis notching his first of the season a minute later to cap the scoring.
Ian Tookenay had a career-high three assists for the Lakers.
Brett Akins made 28 stops in his SIJHL debut to record the victory.
Jackson Nelson started for Minnesota and suffered the loss, allowing five goals on 20 shots.
Tyler Thompson handled 18-of-19 shots in just over 28 minutes of relief.
The Lakers (2-4-0-1) have five points to sit in a tie for third place with the Thunder Bay North Stars (2-2-1-0), who they’ll face tomorrow night in the Lakehead.
The Thief River Falls Norskies lead the six-team league with a 6-0-0-0 record (12 points) while the Ice Dogs (5-0-0-1) are right behind with 11.
The Iron Rangers are in fifth place at 1-4-0-1 (three points) while the English River Miners (1-3-0-0) sit in the cellar with two points.