FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Ice Dogs celebrated Halloween at the Big Dipper Ice Arena Saturday night and they came dressed as anything but a hockey team.
“We got beat in every facet of the game,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart said after the Ice Dogs dropped a 3-1 North American Hockey League decision to the Corpus Christi Ice Rays in front of another sellout crowd at the Big Dipper.
“They just outworked us,” Stewart said. “They outplayed us all over the ice.”
One of the Ice Rays who was working hard was former Monroe Catholic standout Joe Ginley, who, along with teammate Perry D’Arrrisso assisted on Corpus Christi’s two third period goals to help preserve the victory.
The loss dropped the Ice Dogs, who won Friday night’s series opener 5-4 in a shootout, to 12-4-0 on the season and left Fairbanks one-point behind the Wenatchee Wild in the West Division standings.
Corpus Christi improved it’s record to 5-7-4.
The Ice Dogs return to action at 7:45 p.m. Friday when they host the Wichita Falls Wildcats at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. Wichita Falls lost twice at Kenai River this weekend.
Stewart said the only bright spot for the Ice Dogs Saturday night was the play of goaltender Steve Perry, who recorded 35 saves.
“He played pretty well Stewart said. “He kept us in the game and gave us a chance at the end.”
Corpus Christi’s AJ Jarosz scored a power-play goal at 9:26 of the second period to put the Ice Rays ahead for good.
The visitors from Texas added two more goals in the third before the ice Dogs finally got on the scoreboard.
Eric Purcell scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 1:09 and Eric Romig made it 3-0 at 7:36.
The Ice Dogs broke up Ice Rays goaltender Hayden Stewart’s bid for a shutout at the 13:22 mark of the third period when Niklas Mayrhauser found the back of the net off assists from Jayson Argus and Devin Loe.
Stewart stopped 26 of the 27 shots that came his way Saturday night.
Corpus Christi went 1 for 6 on the power play, while the Ice Dogs were 0 for 3.