Ice Dogs

Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltenders Austin Ryman, right, and Mattias Sholl set up nets for a drill during practice Oct. 9 in the Big Dipper Ice Arena. The Ice Dogs face the New Mexico Wolves in a nondivisional North American Hockey League series in the Big Dipper at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday.


Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltender Austin Ryman earned this week’s North American Hockey League Midwest Division Star of the Week, becoming the second Ice Dog goalie to earn the award in just as many weeks.

Ryman, a Fairbanks local, helped his hometown team to two wins in its three-game Midwest Division road series against the Janesville Jets, stopping 22 of 23 shots in Friday’s 3-1 win and recording 13 saves in Saturday’s 8-0 victory.

Saturday’s game was Ryman’s seventh of his career and third shutout. The rookie has a 1.93 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.

“Austin played with a lot of confidence this weekend,” Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Steward said, according to an NAHL media release.

“He had been out injured for a while, so it was good to see him come back and play well.”

Teammate and veteran forward Tyler Deweese was an honorable mention choice for this weeks award. The third-year Ice Dog recorded a goal on Friday and two on Saturday.

Veteran goaltender Mattias Sholl earned last week’s regional NAHL honor after allowing just one goal in Fairbanks’ divisional sweep of the Minnesota Magicians at the Big Dipper.

Fairbanks (21-9-0-2) is in second place in the Midwest Division with 44 points. The Kenai River Brown Bears hold the top spot with 45 points.

The Ice Dogs continue their longest road stretch of the season in Chippewa, Wisconsin, with a divisional game against the Chippewa Steel.

The Ice Dogs split a two-game Nov. 15-16 series with the Steel at the Big Dipper earlier this season.

Chippewa is ranked third in the Midwest with 28 points. 

The teams faceoff at 4:10 p.m. AKST at the Chippewa Ice Arena.

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