Ice Dogs take down Miners in back-to-back Home Openers

Published: September 27, 2017


It was a disappointing weekend for the English River Miners as the team was outscored by the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in back to back home openers the first of which was held in Cochenour on Sept. 22.

It took the GM Ice Dogs just 37 seconds to get on the board thanks to Evan Walls’ first SIJHL goal.

The visitors came right back and added another before the contest was a minute old on Wyatt Lawrence’s initial league tally.

Dryden kept coming and tacked on two more from Jacen Bracko and Cam Lockard, with his first, to go up by four by the 10:37 mark of the session and spell an early end to Miners’ starter Michael Lenko’s night in favour of Josh Breznik.

Action in the middle stanza saw each team score once with the session also being delayed by a thunderstorm that knocked out the power at the arena for a while.

English River did get Kyle Roslowski’s first SIJHL marker at 3:49 of the second, but Lawrence struck shorthanded less than two minutes later to make it 5-1 after two periods of play.

The GM Ice Dogs then blew it open in the third for adding four more to finish off the romp.

Bracko and Walls added one more each for the visitors with Brandon Lawson, with his side down a man, and Josh Sylvain, on the power play, accounted for the final two markers as that duo both scored for the first time in league play.

Walls, Bracko and Lawrence all had three points on the night in the one-sided triumph that saw the Ice Dogs finish the game with a 9-1 final tally.

Lenko suffered the loss allowing four against on 11 attempts while Breznik handled 29 of 34 in lengthy relief.

The team took to Twitter after the game to thank their fans for coming out to their first regular season game at home noting “ No excuses we have to be better.”

However, there was little chance to make up ground in Dryden on Sunday afternoon after Jacen Bracko

Bracko struck quickly putting Dryden in front a mere 74 seconds after the opening face-off.

He then notched another at 8:42 with the GM Ice Dogs shorthanded.

They kept coming and went up 3-0 later in the frame on Luke Bellerose’s first SIJHL tally set-up by Bracko and Eric Stout.

Dryden kept coming and tacked on two more in the early stages of the middle stanza to go up by five as Chris Atanas and Wyatt Lawrence both found the back of the net.

English River did get one back at 11:42 of the session on a Dante Raposo effort only to see the GM Ice Dogs add later tallies from Brandan Jay and Woody Galbraith to make it 7-1 after 40 minutes.

Action in the final frame saw Jay and Josh Sylvain to extend the cushion before the Miners’ Cody Milgate rounded out the scoring with 5:57 to go.

Seven different Dryden skaters had multiple points in the one-sided romp as they improved to 2-0 early in the campaign.

English River starter Michael Lenko suffered the loss allowing seven against on 33 attempts for the Miners in two periods of work. Josh Breznik played the final stanza for the Miners saving eight of 10 in relief as they fell to 0-2.

Photo by Chris Marchand

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