Ice Dogs Hockey

Ice Dogs forward Mason Plante looks to pass the puck during first period hockey action against the Minnesota Magicians Friday evening, December 6, 2019 at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Mason Plante was named North American Hockey League’s Midwest Division Star of the Week on Sunday for his performance in this weekend’s two-game road sweep of the Maine Nordiques, in which he recorded three points.

Plante now has 18 points on the season for a 0.55 points per game average. He’s also tallied eight goals.

The rookie from Marshall, Minnesota helped score the go-ahead goal in Saturday’s 7-3 win over the Nordiques, assisting Tyler Deweese in his shot that found the net three minutes into the second period for a 2-1 lead.

With 1:20 left in the middle frame, Plante, assisted by Laker Aldridge and Tim Erkkila, found the net to put Fairbanks up 5-1.

Plante also assisted Deweese’s goal 18:54 into the first period in Friday’s 5-4 win.

“Mason came back from break with a lot of determination,” Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said in Sunday’s NAHL press release.

“As an organization, we feel he has continuously gotten better and it is because he is intrinsically motivated. He was moving at a faster pace and thinking at a higher level.”

Stewart also praised the forward line comprised of Plante, Deweese and Aldridge after Saturday’s win, saying, “they’ve found quite a bit of success and been really good.”

Aldridge was awarded an honorable mention for the Star of the Week award.

After this weekend’s road sweep, the Ice Dogs hold the top spot in the Midwest with a 24-9-1-2 record worth 51 points.

Fairbanks wraps up its nine-game road trip with a two-game series against the East Division’s Northeast Generals on Friday and Saturday in the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts. 

The puck drops for both games at 3 p.m. AKST.

Contact News-Miner sports writer Laura Stickells at 459-7530. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMsports.