Dryden Blanks Fort Frances for Series Win

By Gary Moskalyk

Dryden, ON – Ewan Soutar recorded a shutout in his first SIJHL start and nine different Ice Dogs had a point each as Dryden upped their record to 2-0 with a convincing 4-0 victory over the visiting Lakers. Soutar faced 21 shots while his counterpart, Jack Orchard, faced 49. 

Sebastiano Biagi opened the scoring at 1:37 of the first on assists from Ryland Maier and McLaren Paulsen. Biagi, a defenceman, has three goals on the year. Biagi came in from his defensive position and cashed in with a low shot. Harrison James doubled the lead at 14:41.

Max Roby scored unassisted at 8:28 of the second with a nasty wrister from the high slot and Elias Eisenbarth stashed in a rebound at 15:07 of the middle frame to finish off the scoring.

Referees Adam Blando and Edward Jung were busy. Fort Frances took 40 minutes in penalties while Dryden spent 38 minutes in the bin. Fort was 0-6 on the powerplay. Eisenbarth’s effort on a feed from Adam Zimmerman gave the Dogs one PP goal in seven tries and their first of the season.

The game attracted 486 fans. 

Dryden has a home-and-home series with Red Lake next weekend, while Fort Frances entertains Kam River in a lone Friday night contest.