Fairbanks- The NAHL Midwest Division leading Minnesota Magicians arrived in Fairbanks Wednesday night ahead of an early season showdown with the Ice Dogs. This weekend’s 2-game series at the Big Dipper Ice Arena also marks the return home for the Dogs, who saw their six game winning streak come to an end with a 3-2 overtime loss to Topeka Saturday night.
The Dogs’ streak began Oct. 6 at the Dipper, and they’ll look to start a new one Friday night. Ice Dog forward Jonny Sorenson has been red hot of late, including a 3-goal weekend in Topeka. The 6-1, 170 lb forward out of St. Louis Park, Minn. has points in nine out of the last 10 games. Sorenson leads the Dogs with 14 points on the season, and his six goals leads the team, while his eight assists are tied with Jax Murray for tops on the squad.
The Magicians are coming off a three game sweep of Springfield, and rank second in the NAHL with 24 points on the season. The Dogs are six points back of the Magicians, sitting in third place in the Midwest Division, just a point behind Janesville. Magician forward Cameron Buhl is the reigning Midwest Division top star of the week, and is tied for second in the NAHL with 21 points this season.
Tickets for this weekend’s series are available at Play it Again Sports, Gene’s Chrysler, Fairbanks Community Museum, Ft. Wainwright ASYMCA, Eielson Community Center, the Ice Dogs office, and as always online at fairbanksicedogs.com.