Special teams send Dryden past Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Dryden GM Ice Dogs struck for a pair of shorthanded goals early in the third period to help send them on their way to a 4-1 road decision over the Thunder Bay North Stars Saturday in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at the Fort William Gardens.

Thunder Bay did score first in the match-up as some hard work from Hunter Foreshew on a dump in allowed him to set-up Nikolas Campbell in the slot who promptly whipped in his 13th tally of the season at 15:52.

Dryden drew level midway through the middle session after Evan Pakkala deflected an Amraj Gill attempt that Josh Gardner banked in from the side of the net off of North Stars’ starter Jordan Smith.

Down a man to begin the third, a costly giveaway by a Thunder Bay defender left Justin Pitari with a glorious opportunity from close range that he finished off 21 seconds into the frame.

Shorthanded once more, the GM Ice Dogs connected again as Josh Weber put an attempt on goal that clipped off the arm of Smith and slid across the goal line.

Dryden then finished off the road decision at 13:21 as Weber redirected a Gill point attempt to round out the night’s scoring.

Gill finished with three assists in the win.

A 36-save performance saw Jacob Anthony pick up the victory for the GM Ice Dogs while Smith faced 31 shots in defeat.

Photo credit: Gary Moskalyk