SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
SIJHL MEDIA UPDATE
DRYDEN, Ont. – As captain of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs, Derek McPhail proved his worth on the opening night of the season by scoring three times and anding an assist to lead his club to a 5-2 come from behind victory over the Thunder Bay North Stars in Superior International Junior Hockey League play Friday at Memorial Arena.
The two longest serving SIJHL teams in the 15-year history of the league renewed acquaintances once again with the visiting North Stars grabbing an early 2-0 lead on tallies by Aaron Balcombe and Avery Siau, who scored on the power play.
McPhail started Dryden’s comeback with a man advantage effort of his own at 17:03 of the first.
The GM Ice Dogs kept coming from there striking three times in the middle session to go up 4-2 after 40 minutes on efforts by McPhail, Blake Berg, on the power play, and Nic Noseworthy’s first SIJHL goal.
Dryden’s McPhail then iced it in the third with an empty netter with 40 seconds to go as he finished off his hat trick and four-point night.
The home side held a huge edge in the shots on goal department blasting 42 shots on Thunder Bay netminder Riley Corbin.
Taylor Unruh picked up his first win in the league making 21 saves on the night.