The Fairbanks Ice Dogs left the New England Sports Village on Saturday with seven goals scored and one allowed during their North American Hockey League weekend in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
They also departed Saturday with a 4-0 victory in the Northeast Generals’ home arena.
The shutout, combined with Friday’s 3-1 win over the host team from the East Division, gave the Ice Dogs a 5-0-1-0 record in three road series in two months.
“Our guys have been quite good, traditionally on the road over the last couple of years. Hopefully, the momentum can continue into next weekend,” Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said.
The Ice Dogs will be back in the Big Dipper Ice Arena to host the New Mexico Wolves at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Goaltender Austin Ryman denied 22 shots by the Generals for his third shutout in the Fairbanks native’s first season with the Ice Dogs.
Tyler Deweese had a goal and two assists; Mason Plante recorded a goal and an assist; and Laker Aldridge distributed two assists for the Ice Dogs, who improved their first-place status in the Midwest Division tot 26-9-1-2 for 55 points in the division standings.
“We were OK this weekend defensively, but I thought for the most part it was our goaltending that allowed us success defensively,” Stewart said.
Mattias Sholl registered 28 saves in Friday’s win in Attleboro.
The sweep of the East Division’s Generals — 13-18-1-1 for 28 points and sixth place in their standings — followed a sweep of another East Division opponent, the Maine Nordiques, on Jan. 3 and 4 in Lewiston, Maine, and an overtime loss and overtime win in late December against Midwest rivals Chippewa Steel and Minnesota Magicians.
The Ice Dogs lost to the Steel 3-2 in overtime Dec. 20 in the Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The next night in Richfield, Minnesota, Fairbanks prevailed 2-1 over the Magicians in OT.
On Saturday, the Ice Dogs kept the Generals out of the net, but their stinginess wasn’t always crisp.
“We had some periods of sloppy but I can’t really fault the guys for much for being on a road trip over a month long and finding a way to win most of the games,” Stewart said.
Luke Ciolli, aided by Matt Koethe and Adam Eisele, produced the first goal Saturday with one second left in the first period.
The Ice Dogs tacked on two goals against the Generals in the second period.
Trenton Woods found the back of the net with help from Deweese and Plante at 10:11 of the middle period. Exactly a minute later, Deweese scored off assists from Aldridge and Plante.
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