The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are riding a 5-game winning streak, as they head to Topeka for a matchup with the Pilots this weekend. The Dogs are coming off a sweep of the Ice Rays, winning 4-1 and 3-2 (OT) last weekend. Veteran Jack Johnston posted a 2-2-4 line in the series and was named the Bauer Midwest Division Second Star on Monday
Johnston’s 5-game point streak coincides with the Dogs’ current win streak, and his nine points on the season is tied with Parker Brown and Luke Ciolli for third on the team. Jonny Sorenson ranks second with 11 points, off three goals and eight assists, while Jax Murray leads the Dogs with 12 points, off four goals and eight assists.
Nate Reid has settled into the Ice Dog net with a .920 save percentage. His 2.16 goals against average ranks 10th in the North American Hockey League.
At 7-6-0-1 the Ice Dogs are above .500 for the first time this season, and are gaining momentum. They sit fourth in the NAHL Midwest Division with 15 points, two back of Kenai River and Janesville who are tied for second place. The Minnesota Magicians lead the division with 18 points on the season.
The road trip continues for the Dogs, who head to the Kansas Expo Center to face the Topeka Pilots Friday and Saturday night. The Pilots are 8-5 on the season, and hold down second place in the NAHL South Division.