After a tough 4-3 loss on Wednesday night (October 20, 2021) the Dryden GM Ice Dogs (4-3-1-0) are back in action tonight in Red Lake to take on the Miners (6-2-1-0).
The Ice Dogs have faced some learning curves early on this season with consistency as the team has yet to win back-to-back games. This could be attributed to the amount of first-year junior players on the roster that are still finding their footing.
“When you have a young team, and when it comes to our forwards and defence we don’t have one player that has a year of junior A experience, you could say we’re raw. Early in the year you are going to make some mistakes, and as long as they learn from their mistakes then it’s worth it,” said Ice Dogs head coach Kurt Walsten.
Coming into tonight’s game Dryden sits four points behind the second-place Miners. Walsten's game plan for tonight’s affair is for the team to focus on their own game.
“They capitalize on your mistakes, and they’re a hardworking team, they show up to play every night, and if we stick to our gameplan and do what we should be doing we’re going to be fine,” added Walsten
On the season the Ice Dogs are 1-2 against the Miners with their only win coming in overtime in the second game of a weekend series back on October 2, 2021.
Returning forward Ice Dog Maxime Collette has had a breakout season to start as he leads the league in points with 15, and goals with 10 through the first nine games of the season.
When asked about his suburb play this season Walsten said Collette is always prepared when he comes to the rink.
“That’s stuff we’ve been talking with our players with from day one. That’s one thing Max is very good at. He practices like he plays so he’s always giving you a 100 percent effort and he’s doing what the drill is designed to do. I think he’s going to have a great year here for us,”
Collette comes into tonight’s game riding a 5-game point streak.
Following tonight’s game, Dryden will head to Sioux Lookout for a date with the first-place Thunder Bay North Stars.
Puck drop for tonight’s game will be a 7:30 p.m. and will be streamed on HockeyTV.