SIJHL MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Photo credit: Gary Moskalyk, The Chronicle-Journal
GM Ice Dogs rally to edge North Stars in shootout
THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Derek McPhail had the lone goal in the shootout as the Dryden GM Ice Dogs rallied for a 5-4 win over the Thunder Bay North Stars Friday evening in a Superior International Junior Hockey League contest at the Fort William Gardens.
After a late start, due to a bus breakdown Dryden incurred en route to Thunder Bay, it was the North Stars who got off to a good start getting a pair of tallies from Nicholas Nigro before the game was five minutes old and chased GM Ice Dogs starter Taylor Unruh in favour of Troy Pierce.
Getting their skating legs, Dryden got one back thanks to Braedyn Allkins’ 13th at 6:15.
A visitors power play allowed them to knot it at 2-2 as Braedyn Aubin picked up his 10th of the season at 8:11 of the second stanza.
The man advantage allowed Thunder Bay to regain the lead three minutes later as Nigro collected his third of the evening.
The GM Ice Dogs came right back with the equalizer just 14 seconds later off the stick of Troy Williams.
It continued back and forth with Christian Ward making it 4-3 North Stars a minute and a half later.
Dryden forced overtime midway through the third on a Nathan Avery effort.
After a scoreless OT, extra shots were needed to decide a winner.
It was there McPhail would supply to only marker in the shootout as the GM Ice Dogs completed the come from behind win.
Pierce finished with 29 saves in a lengthy relief stint and recorded the win for Dryden while also stopping all three shots he faced in the shootout.
Riley Corbin made 43 stops for Thunder Bay helping the North Stars earn a point.
The same two teams meet again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. back at the Gardens.