Miners @ Ice Dogs – November 1, 2017

The English River Miners made their way down highway 105 to Dryden to face the Dryden GM Ice Dogs for the 3rd time in under a week. Westin Cardwell gets the start in net for the Miners while newcomer Jacob Gnidziejko starts for the Dogs.

The first period had some chances both ways early on but neither team could beat the goaltenders.  Dryden GM would get the early edge with a pair of power plays but the Miners were able to kill them off. The Miners would get their chance shortly after with a 5 on 3 power play of their own.  At 16:18 Michael DiLullo would open the scoring with his 5th of the season on the power play.  English River could not beat Gnidziejko  and after 20 minutes the Miners led 1-0. Shots on goal after 1 period were 13-12 for the Ice Dogs.

The second period saw the Miners get into penalty trouble giving the SIJHL’s best power play multiple chances against the leagues worst penalty kill.  At 5:54 Connor Mowat would convert a  Luke Bellerose pass on a 2 on 1 rush for his first on the power play.   Just over 2 minutes later Trevor Kavanaugh would blast one by Cardwell on a 5 on 3 power play.  The Miners would kill off another lengthly 5 on 3 man advantage, then one more power play  before the period would end.  After 40 minutes Dryden out shot the Miners 24-21 and lead 2-1 on the scoreboard.

English River would start the third period on the power play but could not manage to beat Gnidziejko. At 10:19 Malcom Huemmert would make the score 3-1 Ice Dogs re-directing a Cory Dennis shot from the point standing alone in front of a  helpless Cardwell. Westin Cardwell would make some big saves to keep the Miners in the game but with 27 seconds left on the clock and Cardwell on the bench for an extra attacker Tristan Knott would ice it for the Ice Dogs. Final score Dryden GM Ice Dogs 4  English River Miners 1.

Too many power play chances and  a bad defensive zone coverage hurt the Miners tonight who played a better game than Saturday. Westin Cardwell made  32 saves and was named the games second star. Jared Janke extended his point scoring streak to 7 games.

Next up for the Miners a 2 game home stand vs the #1 CJHL ranked Thief River Falls Norskies at the Cochenour Arena Friday November 3 & Saturday November 4th where they look to make it 5 home wins in a row.