FAIRBANKS — The magic touch of Garret Clemment gave the Fairbanks Ice Dogs a three-game North American Hockey League sweep at the Fresno Monsters on Sunday night in California.
Clemment scored on a rebound 40 seconds into overtime as the Ice Dogs skated to a 3-2 victory that capped a big weekend for Clement and the team.
Clemment had four goals and three assists in the series. He had a hat trick in Friday’s 7-3 win, two assists in Saturday’s 8-3 triumph and a goal and an assist in Sunday’s overtime win.
“He did have a great weekend,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart said Sunday evening. “I’m sure he was tired today, but when the game was on the line he put his best foot forward.
More important, the Ice Dogs, 29-11-1 on the season, moved to within one point of the idle Wenatchee Wild in the NAHL West Division standings.
Fairbanks heads to Wenatchee this week where the Ice Dogs open a three-game series with the Wild, 28-7-4 Thursday night.
“We want to win that series, but right now we’re just focused on the Thursday night game,” Stewart said.
The Ice Dogs trailed 2-0 in the third period when Patrick Newell and Lonnie Clary scored a minute, 34 seconds apart to tie the score and send the game into a five-minute overtime session.
Kyle Sucher scored midway through the first period and Matt Salituro found the back of the net 51 seconds into the third to give the Monsters a 2-0 advantage.
Newell finally got the puck past Fresno goalie Tomas Sholl with assists from Clemment and Devin Loe at the 14:11 mark.
Clary knocked the game-tying goal into the net at the 15:45 mark with help from defenseman Duggie Lagrone.
That set the stage for Clemment’s game-winner 40 seconds into the extra session.
“Angus broke down the left side and sent a shot on net,” Stewart said. “Garret crashed the net from the other side and just had to tap in the rebound.”
The Ice Dogs registered 38 shots on goal, while Fairbanks goaltender Steve Perry only had to make 13 saves.
The Ice Dogs went 1 for 7 on the power play, while Fresno for 0 for 3 with a man advantage.