FAIRBANKS—The Fairbanks Ice Dogs dodged the impending cold spell and headed for Texas this week where they will open a six-game road trip tonight against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays.
The Ice Dogs will try to turn the tables on the Ice Rays, who took three out of four points in a North American Hockey league series in Fairbanks earlier this season. The Ice Dogs won a shootout 5-4 on Oct. 26, but the Ice Rays notched a 3-1 in the second game of the series.
The Ice Dogs, who have split their last six games, are 14-6-0 on the season, two points behind the NAHL West Division leading Wenatchee Wild, who are 14-3-1.
Corpus Christi holds down the fourth spot in the NAHL South Division with an 8-8-4 record. After going 3-0-1 in Alaska, the Ice Rays split a two-game series with the defending national champion Texas Tornado last weekend, losing 4-1 on Friday and winning 4-2 Saturday night.
Kyle Lee leads the Ice Dogs offensive attack with eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points. He had two goals and three assists against the Kenai River Brown Bears last weekend to earn NAHL West Division Player of the Week honors.
Lee, 19-year-old forward from Wausau, Wis., scored both Fairbanks goals in a 3-2 loss last Friday. Both goals came on the power play. In Saturday’s 5-2 win, Lee registered three assists and a plus 3 rating.
“Kyle had a great weekend which resulted from a lot of hard work on his part,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart said in an NAHL press release.
“He is proving each passing weekend that he can be an elite player at this level.”
Ice Dogs forward earned honorable mention honors in the Player of the Week selection process.
Angus had a goal and an assist Saturday night and is fourth on the Ice Dogs in scoring list with four goals and nine assists for 13 points.
Devin Loe is the Ice Dogs leading scorer goal scorer with 10 goals in 20 games. Loe also has nine assists for 19 points.
Garrett Clemment has seven goals and 11 assists to rank third on the Ice Dogs scoring list with 18 points.
Perry D’Arrisso leads Corpus Christi with six goals and 13 assists in 20 games. Former Ice Dog Rudy Sulmonte is second in scoring with the Ice Rays picking up seven goals and dishing out 10 assists for 17 points.
Former Monroe Catholic Standout Joe Ginley of Fairbanks has two goals and *7 assists for nine points, ranking fifth on the Ice Rays’ scoring list.
Following the weekend’s games in Corpus Christi, the Ice Dogs will spend Thanksgiving weekend in Wichita Falls with two games against the Wildcats. Fairbanks wraps up the trip with two games at Kenai River on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
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