Ice Dogs bring out the brooms against New Mexico
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs have been dominant the past few weeks, and they returned home for a series against the New Mexico Ice Wolves.
Game 1 saw the Ice Dogs win 4-3 in overtime, thanks to Oliver Kjaer getting a power play goal. The Ice Dogs had goals from Tyler DeWeese, Adam Eisele and Parker Brown.
In Game 2, the Ice Dogs erupted on both ends of the ice to win 5-0. Fairbanks scored three goals in the second period thanks to Jasper Lester, Parker Brown and Matt Koethe.
Then in the final frame, Mason Plante and Adam Eisele scored to put the final nail in the coffin. Holding it down between the pipes was hometown kid, Austin Ryman, of Fairbanks, who denied all 25 shots on his way to his fifth shutout in seven wins this year.
“Obviously it feels good, the boys played well,” said Ryman after the game. “I think we have been playing well all through 2020, so the second half is going to be huge. It is just another game, the boys got it done, at the end of the day it is a team win, and it feels good to get the win."
Oliver Kjaer was recognized by the NAHL as the Midwest Division Star of the Week after getting one goal and four assists over the series. Fairbanks improves to 28-9-1-2 with 59 points, and hold a 10-point lead in the Midwest Divison. The Ice Dogs stay in town for a series against the Maine Nordiques starting on January 24 at the Big Dipper.