Ice Dogs spread the wealth, defeat Jets 4-1
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs were cooking at the Dipper Friday night, and everybody was eating.
In Fairbanks' 4-1 win over the Janesville Jets, 10 different Ice Dogs' registered either a goal or an assist.
Luke Ciolli opened up the scoring late in the first period when the puck bounced in his favor; off the goaltender and into the net, with the assists coming from Matt Koethe and Trenton Woods.
Welcome to Fairbanks Barak Braslavski, who scored his first goal as an Ice Dog, with helpers from Bret Link and Lucas Erickson early in the second period.
"Playing out here in Fairbanks, it is probably the best crowd in all of Junior Hockey," Braslavski said after his first goal at the Big Dipper. "It is just incredible, there are no words to put it."
The Ice Dogs weren't comfortable with the lead, so Tyler Deweese took care of it himself with an unassisted goal just over five minutes into the second period, and the 'Dogs are up three to zip. The Jets would trim the lead with a goal in the late second from Isaac Novak, but Fairbanks' Jasper Lester would put the icing on the cake, lighting the lamp one more time with assists from Oliver Kjaer and Laker Aldridge, making it 10 different Ice Dogs collecting a point in the Midwest Division victory.
The offense was electric, but it was the stout defense and penalty kill that secured them the win.
We had good sticks, our guys were aggressive," Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said of the PK. "We actually created some offense on the penalty kill, which is something that we have been talking about. The penalty kill was good and hopefully our power play can match that at some point."
Mattias Sholl denied 17 shots in the win for his fourth victory of the season.
"He is just a very calming presence," Stewart said of Sholl. "He does a great job of controlling the play, controlling his rebounds and he allows our players to play with confidence"
The Ice Dogs will look to complete the sweep on Saturday. The puck drops at the Big Dipper at 7:30 p.m.