FAIRBANKS—The Fairbanks Ice Dogs started a six-game North American Hockey League road trip with a sweep of the Corpus Christi Ice Rays thanks in part to the efforts of goaltender Kevin Aldridge and forward Garrett Clemment.
Aldridge earned NAHL West Division Star of the Week honors for his efforts in backstopping the Ice Dogs to a 3-2 overtime win last Friday and a 3-1 victory Saturday.
Clemment earned second star honors for scoring all three Fairbanks goals on Friday and dishing out an assist on Saturday.
They’ll have to keep it up this weekend when the Ice Dogs take on the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 4:05 p.m. ADT tonight and Saturday at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Tex.
The Ice Dogs bring an NAHL West leading record of 16-6-0 into the series, while Wichita Falls is 9-13-2 for fifth place in the South Division, one point behind Corpus Christi.
Aldridge had a stellar start to the trip, allowing just three goals, while making 60 saves, including 40 in the series opener.
Aldridge, an 18-year-old from Beverly Hills, Mich., has carried the load for the Ice Dogs ever since Steve Perry went down with a broken finger.
“Kevin has been given the opportunity to be the main guy in net because of Steve Perry’s injury and he has responded very well,” Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said in an NAHL press release.
Aldridge has won four of his last five starts and he has an 8-2-0 record this season with a 2.17 goals against average and a 92.4 saves percentage.
He controlled his rebounds this weekend and kept his composure in a tough environment to play in,” Stewart said. “Each passing game, he is playing with more confidence and his teammates are also confident knowing he is behind them.”
Aldridge ranks seventh in the league in saves percentage and fourth in goals against average.
Clemment’s four-point weekend enabled him to move up to second place on the Ice Dogs scoring list with 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 22 games.
Kyle Lee leads the team in scoring with 9 goals and 14 assists for 23 points.
Lee is tied for 13th in the league scoring race and Clemment is tied for 18th.
Kyle Bauman and Eliot Grauer lead the Wildcats with 17 points apiece. Bauman has 11 goals and 6 assists, while Grauer has scored nine goals and has eight assists.
Evan Cowley is the Wildcats leading goalie with a 6-10-2 record. He has a 3.26 goals against average and a .891 saves percentage.
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