FAIRBANKS, ALASKA- Despite dropping two of three in a home series against the Janesville Jets, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs remain atop the NAHL Midwest Division. They are tied with the Springfield Jr. Blues with 25 points on the season. The Ice Dogs opened the 3-game set with an impressive 5-2 win over Janesville. However, the team from Wisconsin responded with wins of 4-2 and 5-3 respectively.
First place outright in the division is on the line this weekend, as the Dogs remain at home for a 2-game series Friday and Saturday night agains the Jr. Blues. The two teams split a series in late October at the Dip. It’s a tight race in the Midwest Division as the top six teams in the division are separated by just five points.
Ice Dog forward Alexander Malinowski continues to impress. The Lingkopping, Sweden native leads the Dogs and ranks second in the NAHL in scoring with 26 points off 10 goals and 16 assists on the season. He and Billy Renfrew (11 goals) rank in the top 10 on the league’s goal scoring list. Ice Dog net minder Kayden Hargraves remains a top-10 goalie in the league, ranking seventh in goals against average (2.26) and ninth in save percentage (.922).
The Ice Dogs are spending the month of November with a heightened focus on recognizing and giving back to our military members and their families. We are fundraising for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. You can learn more about the campaign here.
This weekend’s series is sponsored by the Alaska Army National Guard and White Spruce Trailers. Puck drops at 7:30 both Friday and Saturday night.