FAIRBANKS — After giving up a goal in the first period, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs came on strong and skated to a 3-1 North American Hockey League victory against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays.
“It was another solid performance for our guys,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart said Saturday night. “I thought our defense was much better tonight and Kevin Aldridge was good in goal, again.”
The win enabled the Ice Dogs to sweep their two-game series in Corpus Christi, Texas, and boost their lead in the North American Hockey League South Division to three points over the idle Wenatchee Wild. However, Wenatchee has played four fewer games than Fairbanks.
Corpus Christi, 8-9-4 in the NAHL South Division, got on the scoreboard first when AJ Jorosz scored a power-play goal midway through the first period with assists from Emil Romig and John Roisum.
Aldridge and the Ice Dogs defense clamped down after that and the first-year Ice Dogs goalie finished the night with 20 saves.
“He’s competing the entire game,” Stewart said. “He’s making all of the saves he should make and a couple of extra ones to boot.”
Down 1-0, the Ice Dogs, 16-5-0, scored all the goals they needed in the second period.
Ben Campbell tied the score at the 5:33 mark of the middle stanza off assists from Jayson Angus and Devin Loe.
Loe scored the game-winner on the power play when he fired the puck past Corpus Christi goalie Hayden Stewart at 15:26. Ryan McNeely and Doug Rose earned the assists on the play.
The score remained 2-1 until the final minute when Kyle Lee deposited the puck into an empty net with assists from Garret Clemment and Doug Rose.
“It was a good team effort on offense tonight,” coach Stewart said. “We got a lot of contributions from different people.”
The Ice Dogs had 29 shots and goal and finished the night going 1 for 7 on the power play. Corpus Christi was 1-2 on the power play.
The Ice Dogs continue their six-game road trip with games at the Wichita Falls Wildcats on Friday and Saturday. The Ice Dogs took Sunday off and will practice today before making the 9-hour bus ride from Corpus Christi to Wichita Falls on Tuesday.
Stewart said the Wichita Falls booster club is planning a Thanksgiving dinner for the Ice Dogs later in the week.
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