Eight goal night pushes Ice Dogs past Janesville Jets
While the streak of shutouts for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs may have come to an end last night, their offense was firing on all cylinders to say the least.
The Ice Dogs defeated Janesville 8-3.
This one started off like a normal hockey game with both teams scoring once in the first period.
Janesville drew first blood 6 and a half minutes in, but the Dogs were able to tie it back up a couple minutes later.
The second period is when things got a bit more interesting.
The Ice Dogs opened up the middle frame with two goals, but Janesville responed with two of their own to knot it back up at three.
The Ice Dogs finally put the Jets away with five unanswered goals, scoring two in the final two minutes of the middle frame and then adding three more in the third.
Luke Mobley had himself a career day for the Ice Dogs, finishing with a hat-trick in two categories.
The Forward from St. Louis Park, Minnesota finished with three goals and assists to total 6 points on the night.
Noah Wilson also had quite the night, finishing with five points off of a goal and four assists.
The other scores for the Ice Dogs were provided by John Stampohar, Matt Koethe, Brenden MacLaren, and the Hitman Grant Ledford.
Stampohar and MacLaren also earned assists on the night while Dylan Abbott, Lucas Erickson, and Jonathan Sorenson all finished with two.
Mattias Sholl earned his fourth consecutive win in goal, stopping 25 of the 28 shots fired his way.
The win brings the Ice Dogs up to 32-15-3-3 overall.
They strengthened their hold on first place in the NAHL Midwest Division as they now have 70 points, six ahead of the Minnesota Magicians.
We caught up with Mobley and Wilson after they filled up the score sheet to discuss what was clicking offensively.
"That was awesome it was nice to see them go in. A lot of credit to my line-mates. I thought we played pretty well tonight. It's nice to see them go in, bottom line. It's good to be playing that way at this time of the season, something we can build on to come back tomorrow and get a win," said Mobley.
"I think the pucks were just going in the right direction. Sometimes you get the bounces, sometimes you don't. Tonight it was just working for us. I don't score too often as a defenseman so it was nice to put one in. It just felt like it gave me the energy to keep going the rest of the game," said Wilson.
The Ice Dogs will finish up their three game series against Janesville tonight at the Big Dipper.