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Sabres wind up trip with OT loss

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The Fort Frances Jr. Sabres are left to lick their wounds after salvaging just one point on their three-games-in-three-nights road trip with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Dryden Ice Dogs on Friday night.

“We didn’t achieve the points we wanted to,” Sabres’ head coach Wayne Strachan said of the road trip that also saw losses to the Fort William North Stars and Thunder Bay Bearcats.

“We are stuck in a little rut with scoring,” he added. “Not blaming our goaltending, but we need to get some big saves in some games to help us get some wins.”

The Sabres scored a pair of third-period goals Friday night to tie the score at 3-3, but couldn’t carry that momentum into overtime as Garrett Nystedt netted his fourth goal of the season to give the Ice Dogs the extra point.

Chad Liley scored the first two goals for Dryden—one late in the first period and then another just 15 seconds into the second frame.

Mario Boivin cut the lead in half midway through the second before Justin Lightfoot regained the two-goal advantage going into the final 20 minutes.

The Sabres did come out hard in the third, getting goals from Kyle Turgeon and Brendan Baumgartner, but the good effort only set the stage for Nystedt’s heroics in overtime.

“We should have won two out of the three games we played this past week,” Strachan stressed. “For the most part, against Dryden and the North Stars, we out-played both of them.”

The Sabres will get another crack at the Ice Dogs back in Dryden on Wednesday before returning for a three-game homestand starting Nov. 6 against the Schreiber Diesels.

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