Tyler Browning's goal in the 10th round of the shootout was the difference last night as the Dryden GM Ice Dogs escaped with a 5-4 win over the visiting Fort Frances Lakers.
Evan Walls opened the scoring for Dryden (16-12-3-1) just over six minutes into the first period before Isaac Baron tied it just past the 11-minute mark.
Cordell Boyko's first SIJHL goal then put the Ice Dogs back in front nine minutes into the second stanza before Brett Hahkala struck short-handed a couple of shifts later to knot it at 2-2.
The Ice Dogs responded on the same power play, however, when Walls scored at 12:27.
Kyle Sargent then added another during another man-advantage shortly afterwards to put the hosts up by two after 40 minutes.
But the Lakers rallied on third-period markers six minutes apart by Chase Robideau and Hahkala (power play) to force overtime.
After overtime solved nothing, a shootout was needed.
There, Ice Dogs' goalie Jacob Anthony and his Lakers' counterpart, Jacob Gnidziejko, were unbeatable through eight shots apiece as no one could capitalize.
The ninth round finally saw a goal produced as Robideau connected for the visitors—only to see Ryan Brandt keep the game going with a tally of his own for Dryden.
Then after another stop by Anthony on Ethan Knutsen, Browning came down and snapped the decider past Gnidziejko to give the Ice Dogs the extra point.
Anthony made 46 saves to earn the win while Gnidziejko suffered the loss despite stopping 52 shots.
The fifth-place Lakers (11-19-1-1) resume action tomorrow when they host the last-place Minnesota Iron Rangers (3-30-0-0) at 7:30 p.m.
Then they'll welcome the third-place Thief River Falls Norskies (18-11-3-1) on Saturday at 7:30.
Both games will be at the Ice For Kids Arena.