SIJHL – Thunder Bay North Stars vs Dryden Ice Dogs

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North Stars #6 Alex Vaillant scored the first goal - Photo by Quinn Spyrka
North Stars #6 Alex Vaillant scored the first goal - Photo by Quinn Spyrka

North Stars #6 Alex Vaillant scored the first goal - Photo by Quinn Spyrka
North Stars #6 Alex Vaillant scored the first goal – Photo by Quinn Spyrka

THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Thunder Bay North Stars are taking to the ice tonight against the Dryden Ice Dogs. The North Stars are coming off a tough loss on home ice on Saturday night. The Dryden Ice Dogs are not leading the league but they are mushing along at a really good pace this season.

Both teams have five wins so far this season, but the Dryden Ice Dogs have a game in hand. Tonight’s game should be a solid test of the North Star’s and their ability to rebound from the loss.

NetNewsledger.com coverage of tonight’s game will be updated throughout the game offering you the most current scores and updates.

First Period Action

The North Stars are starting goaltender Jayme Brattengeier.

Through the opening minutes, the skating is fast paced, and the North Stars are moving the puck very well. That hard work as rewarded with a goal putting the Stars up by one. The shot from the slot by #16 Alex Vaillant slide past the Ice Dog’s goalie.

At 4:19 the Ice Dogs were called for roughing, and killed off the penalty.The pace of the game continues to be quite fast.

After a minor bump, #2 Marshall Fox was given two minutes for cross-checking. the Ice Dogs are looking strong in the early going, and just missed a scoring opportunity.

The Ice Dogs then capitalized on their next opportunity tying the game. The goal was scored by #19 Tyler Walsh and assisted by #27 Paul Thompson and #4 Dan Morin. A power play goal.

The Ice Dogs penned the North Stars deep in their end, and got of some really close scoring opportunities, but were held at bay by some fantastic saves.

At the 9:50 mark, the North Stars popped a pretty goal behind the Dryden netminder. Matt Kaarela potted the puck assisted by Marshall Fox.

The game is offering end to end action, with fast skating and lots of solid hockey. The North Stars are playing a very disiplined game and are being rewarded at the scoreboard.

Dryden Ice Dogs goaltender snagging the save
Dryden Ice Dogs goaltender snagging the save

#11 Cory Lacosse was called for slashing at 16:24 putting the Dryden team on the power play. The Ice Dogs appear a little tentative during the power play, the North Stars are doing a good job of fore-checking. The penalty killing is helped by that effort.

With forty seconds left in the period, Dryden got off a great scoring effort, but were stopped by the hot glove hand of the North Stars net-minder.

Shots on goal at the end of the first period have the North Stars with ten shots, and the Ice Dogs with 15.

Second Period Action

The second period got underway with the North Stars moving into the Ice Dogs zone and keeping the puck under ontrol for a solid three minutes. The Stars are putting the body onto the Dogs, but keeping it mostly clean. At 3:58 #23 Nolan Nicholas was called for two minutes for roughing. The Ice Dogs had an open net as a sprawling Brattengeier was out of position. The Ice Dogs are really pressing to tie the game.

Seconds after the North Stars killed off the roughing minor, they pounced on the puck and put another goal behind the Dryden goalie. The goal was scored by #14 Dylan Mascarin and assisted by #19 Mitchell Fox.

The home team kept the pressure on and fired another goal into the twine putting the Stars up by a three goal margin. The fourth goal was scored by #8 Mathias Gardiman and assisted by #24 Cody Fraser and #14 Dylan Masterin at 6:47.

At 7:47 #4 Matt Kaarela was sent off for Elbowing. The Ice Dogs Power Play ended quickly at #19 Tyler Walsh was hit with a tripping penalty.

The North Stars have a minute ten on the powrr play to try to grab a really commanding lead in the game. The Stars hit the twine with 9:29 left in the period. The goal came with a lot of hard work to get the puck past the Dryden goal.

#19 Mitchell Fox assisted by #4 Matt Kaarela and #2 Marshall Fox put the frustration into the Dryden Ice Dogs.

That frustration erupted with just over seven minutes left in the second and a fight broke out.

That led to five minute majors and automatic game misconducts for the battlers.

The North Stars went up 6-1 with a power play goal scored by Mat Kaarela.

Shots on goal at the end of the Second Period are 30 shots for the Ice Dogs and 22 for the North Stars.

Third Period Action

The teams are taking to the ice for the third period. The Dryden Ice Dogs have changed goaltenders, at the end of the second period. The Ice Dogs will start the third short-handed.

The North Stars are continuing to forecheck well and it is keeping the Ice Dogs hemmed in.

Dryden hit the scoreboard for their second goal of the game, coming after a long session of solid puck control by the North Stars. The Ice Dogs goal was scored by #25 Jesse Linner and assisted by Cole Sonstebo and Len Pelltier at 5:40.

There is a sense of frustration on the Ice Dogs as they were called for crosschecking in front of the North Stars goal.

The North Stars put the puck upstairs on the Dryden net, scoring a seventh goal at the 7:45 mark of the period. The goal was scored by #24 Cody Fraser and assited by #14 Dylan Masterin and #5 Masters.

North Stars #8 scored on a blistering slapshot for the eighth goal, likely putting this game well out of reach with 11:11 left in the third period.

That goal was followed Cory Lacrosse at 9:27 from Billy Exel.

The Ice Dogs are not laying down however, they put a third goal behind Jayme Brattengeier. That goal was scored by #13 Chris Sitco assisted by #21 Derek Macphail and Anthony Gilbert.

At 13:34 the Ice Dogs put another one into the North Stars net making the score 9-4 – #18 Tyler Newsome assisted by Jerod Stratford.

#12 for Dryden for roughing and North Stars #24 Cody Fraser a double minor for roughing. are off to the penalty box after a hard hit on Mascarin.

Seconds later #27 of the Ice Dogs was snagged with two minutes for slashing.

The final score for tonight’s game Thunder Bay North Stars 9 Dryden Ice Dogs 4.

Thunder Bay North Stars Game Summary

1st Period — Scoring: TBN – Vaillant Goal (Davidson, Fraser) 3:41; DRY – Walsh Goal (PP) (Thompson, Morin) 8:53; TBN – Kaarela Goal (Fox) 9:50. Penalties: Morin, DRY (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 4:19; Fox, TBN (Cross-Checking, Minor, 2 min) 7:48; Lacosse, TBN (Minor, 2 min) 16:24. Goalie Changes: None.

2nd Period — Scoring: TBN – Mascarin Goal (Fox) 6:16; TBN – Gardiman Goal (Fraser, Mascarin) 6:47; TBN – Fox Goal (PP) (Kaarela, Fox) 10:31; TBN – Kaarela Goal (PP) (Fox, Kahoot) 16:42. Penalties: Nicholas, TBN (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 3:58; Kaarela, TBN (Elbowing, Minor, 2 min) 7:36; Walsh, DRY (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 8:46; Haase, TBN (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 11:42; Zysko, TBN (Fighting, Game Misconduct, 10 min) 12:21; Zysko, TBN (Fighting, Major, 5 min) 12:21; Morin, DRY (Fighting, Major, 5 min) 12:21; Morin, DRY (Fighting, Game Misconduct, 10 min) 12:21; McPhail, DRY (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 14:59; Winter, DRY (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 18:01. Goalie Changes: Oltsher, DRY 16:42.

3rd Period — Scoring: DRY – Linner Goal (Sonstebo, Pelletier) 5:40; TBN – Fraser Goal (PP) (Mascarin, Masters) 7:35; TBN – Gardiman Goal (PP) (Martyn, Fraser) 8:49; TBN – Lacosse Goal (Exel) 9:27; DRY – Sitko Goal (McPhail, Gilbert) 11:25; DRY – Newsome Goal (Stratford) 13:34. Penalties: Court, DRY (Cross-Checking, Minor, 2 min) 6:33; Pelletier, DRY (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 7:46; Berrey, DRY (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 8:28; Kahoot, TBN (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 8:28; Sonstebo, DRY (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 16:07; Fraser, TBN (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 16:07; Fraser, TBN (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 16:07; Thompson, DRY (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 16:28. Goalie Changes: None.

Our Thunder Bay North Stars coverage team tonight includes Quinn Spyrka taking photographs.