FAIRBANKS — A four-game sweep through Texas the past two weeks netted more honors for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, the North American Hockey League announced Monday.
Fairbanks defenseman Duggie Lagrone was named the NAHL West Division Star of the Week for his performance last weekend in the Ice Dogs sweep of the Wichita Falls Wildcats, while forward Lonnie Clary earned honorable mention honors.
A native of Dallas, Lagrone felt right at home on the trip and he had the fanpower to prove it, according to Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart. Lagrone had 14 family members in attendance at the Ice Dogs’ games in Corpus Christi on Nov. 16-17 and 17 in attendance last weekend in Wichita Falls.
“I think that was probably a little extra motivation for him,” Stewart said Monday night. “He benefited from the extra support he had down there.”
Lagrone, 18, had a goal and three assists for the Ice Dogs in their sweep of Wichita Falls. Lagrone had an assist on the Ice Dogs’ first goal in Friday night’s win and posted a goal and two assists in Saturday night’s 5-3 victory.”
Lagrone, 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, has 11 points (three goals and eight assists) in 16 games during his first season with the Ice Dogs.
“He can skate really well and does a very good job at beating the forecheck and getting the puck out of the zone and up the ice,” Stewart said in an NAHL press release.
“He’s been real solid for us,” Stewart added upon the team’s return to Fairbanks. “The thing we can count on every single night is that he comes to compete.”
Stewart said the Ice Dogs also benefit from Lagrone’s presence on the power play.
“He’s able to walk the line and create different shooting angles from the blue line,” Stewart said.
Clary scored his first two goals and picked up his third assist of the season in Saturday night’s win against the Wildcats.
“It was an unlikely source of offense, but I’m not complaining about it,” Stewart said of the effort from Clary, 5-11, 170-pound forward from Riverside, Calif.
“He showed he could score during his youth career, so now it’s just a matter of translating it into the junior game,” Stewart said. “We’re excited to start seeing that happen and hopefully we’ll see even more of it in the future.”
The Ice Dogs will put a five-game winning streak on the line this weekend when they travel to Soldotna for a two-game series against the Kenai River Brown Bears.
The games mark the resumption of the 16-game ERA Alaska Cup. The series is tied 1-1 after the two teams split games in Fairbanks earlier this month.
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