FAIRBANKS—Patrick Newell continued his big week for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, scoring two more goals to help the Dogs claim a 3-1 North American Hockey League victory against the Fresno Monsters on Friday night.
Garret Clemment added a goal and two assists for the Ice Dogs, who won for the fourth time in five games at the sold-out Big Dipper Ice Arena.
The victory improved the Ice Dogs record to 10-3-0 on the season and leaves them one point behind the league-leading Wenatchee Wild, who posted a 6-2 victory at the Kenai River Brown Bears Friday night.
Fresno, 5-7-1 on the season and Fairbanks wrap up the three-game series at 7:30 tonight at the Dipper.
Newell, a 16-year-old forward from Thousand Oaks, Calif., has scored the game-winning goal for the Ice Dogs in the past three games.
He had the winning shootout goals last Sunday against Wenatchee and Thursday night against Fresno and scored the first two goals in Friday night’s victory against the Monsters.
“He found himself in some nice spots tonight and fortunately was able to put the puck in the back the net,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart said.
All of the scoring Friday night occurred in the first period, and both of Newell’s scores came in the first six minutes of the contest.
Newell broke the ice at the 1:26 mark when he put the puck past Fresno goaltender Tomas Sholl, with assists going to defenseman Nick Hinz and Clemment.
Newell’s second goal at the 5:36 mark proved to be the game-winner and was set up by linemates Clemment and Kyle Lee.
Fresno got on the scoreboard midway through the period when Newton Fuller lit the lamp off feeds from Trevor Husch and Andrew McDonald.
Clemment gave the Ice Dogs a two-goal lead when he scored the final goal of the game at 17:48.
“Kyle Lee drove hard to the outside and Garret got ahead of the defenseman and tipped the puck above the goalie’s shoulder,” Stewart said in describing the goal.
Ice Dogs goalie Kevin Aldridge stopped all but one of the 25 shots that came his way.
“He played well,” Stewart said. “He made three or four really good saves tonight to help us protect the lead.”
Stewart said the Ice Dogs played better than Thursday night, but still have some things to work on.
“We had two pretty good periods tonight and one not-so-good period,” Stewart said.
After giving up three goals in the first period, Sholl kept the Ice Dogs off the scoreboard the rest of the way and wound up with 36 saves.
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