FAIRBANKS—Garret Clemment took matters into his own hands Friday night in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs assistant captain scored all three goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to help the Ice Dogs open a six-game road trip with a 3-2 victory against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays.
Clemment’s game-winning goal came 35 seconds into a power play after Corpus Christi’s Trevor Heuser was ticketed for holding.
The goal at 1:48 of the 5-minute overtime session was assisted by Nick Hinz and Kyle Lee.
“It was a well-executed power-play goal,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart said.
While Clemment was providing the offense, Kevin Aldridge was providing a stellar defensive effort in the Ice Dogs goal as he stopped 40 of the 42 shots that came his direction.
“Kevin was good all night long,” Stewart said. “He just played really well.”
The Ice Dogs had 33 shots on goal.
The victory enabled the Ice Dogs to improve to 15-6-0 on the season and take over first place in the NAHL West Division standings. The Wenatchee Wild (14-3-1), who were idle Friday night are in second place, one point behind the Ice Dogs. Wenatchee has played three fewer games than the Ice Dogs.
“It was a typical first game of a road trip,” Stewart said. “We got a good result, but we’re going to have be a lot better tomorrow night and we expect to be.”
Corpus Christi is 8-8-5 on the season and in fourth place in the NAHL South Division. The Ice Rays are five points ahead of Wichita Falls, which dropped a 2-1 decision to the Kenai River Brown Bears Friday night.
Clemment score the first goal of his hat trick at 18:41 of the first period off assists from Duggie Lagrone and Ben Campbell.
“That was a really nice goal,” Stewart said.
Corpus Christi’s Perry DArrisso scored two goals in the first 9:03 of the second period to put the Ice Rays on top. His first goal came 48 seconds into the period and his second was a power-play scored at the 9:03 mark.
Clemment registered the game-tying goal at 13:56 of the third period. It was an unassisted goal to send the game into overtime.
The Ice Dogs were 1 for 4 on the power play, while the Ice Rays were 1 for 2.
After tonight’s game, the Ice Dogs travel to Wichita Falls, Texas, for two games on Thanksgiving weekend.
The six-game road concludes with games on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 against Kenai River in Soldotna.
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