FAIRBANKS—The Kevin Aldridge and Garret Clemment Show did an encore performance for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs Friday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas
The Ice Dogs teammates are the North American Hockey League’s West Division First and Second Stars of the Week after the Ice Dogs swept the Corpus Christi ice Rays.
Friday night they were the key performers as the Ice Dogs skated to a 2-1 victory against the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
Aldridge recorded 30 saves as the Ice Dogs extended their winning streak to four games, including a 3-0-0 mark on their current road trip. Clement propelled the offense with an assist and the game-winning goal on a power play with three minutes remaining in the game.
“I thought Kevin played very well again tonight and the defense played well in front of him,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart said. “I don’t think our forwards played that well and they’ll have to be better Saturday night if we want to finish this trip on a successful note.”
The Ice Dogs and Wildcats play for the final time in the regular season at 4:05 p.m. AST today and Stewart expects another tough battle.
“I expect a spirited game on the Wildcats par after we took two points from them on a Friday night on their home ice,” Stewart said. “We’ll be motivated because we want to come back to Alaska with a win in our last game of the trip.”
The Ice Dogs return to Alaska on Sunday, but won’t play at the Big Dipper until Dec. 14-15 when they host the Kenai River Brown Bears at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
In the meantime, Fairbanks will play a two-game series against Kenai River on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Fairbanks boasts a 17-6-0 record and remains three points ahead of the Wenatchee Wild in the NAHL West Division standings. Wenatchee, a 3-1 winner against Fresno on Friday, has played four fewer games than Fairbanks.
Clemment scored the game-winning goal with help from Nick Hinz and Doug Rose at the 17:00 mark of the third period.
Stewart said the Ice Dogs got a break on the game-winner.
“The puck hit the goalie, then bounced off a (Wichita) defenseman and went into the net,” Stewart said.
Brett Gervais got the Ice Dogs on the scoreboard at 11:54 of the first period when he knocked home a rebound, with assists from Clemment and Dougie Lagrone.
“It was a nice goal,” Stewart said. “Garret made a nice pass to Dougie, who put a shot on net, and Brett was right there on the back side to tap in the rebound.”
Wichita Falls tied the scored at 11:42 of the second period when Will Volejpka scored an unassisted goal.
The Ice Dogs had 20 shots on goal and were outshot 14-3 in the third period. Fairbanks went 1 for 5 on the power play.
Wenatchee was 0 for 4 on the power play.
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