FAIRBANKS- The Springfield Jr. Blues, fresh off a series split with the Kenai River Brown Bears, remain in the 49th state to face the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a pair of games this weekend at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. The Dogs are also coming off a series split, falling 4-2 to the Minnesota Magicians on Friday and winning 5-1 on Saturday night last weekend.
With 20 points on the season, the Ice Dogs hold third place in the NAHL Midwest Division, one point back of Janesville and six behind the division leading Magicians. Kenai River currently sits fourth, a point back of the Dogs.
Ice Dog forward Parker Brown was named the second star of the Midwest Division following a 4 point weekend off a pair of goals and assists against the Magicians. The Hanahan, South Carolina native assisted Jax Murray on a third period goal on Friday, and notched a pair of goals and an assist Saturday night’s win over the Magicians. Brown ranks second on the team with 15 points, while Jonny Sorenson leads the Dogs with 18 points off 6 goals and 12 assists. He’s in a 6-way tie for 13th on the league’s scoring list. Sorenson and Brown are tied for the team lead with six goals each.
Check out the NAHL Plays of the week, specifically play number four from Ice Dog defenseman John Stampohar in Saturday’s win.
Springfield comes to town in fifth place in the NA Midwest with 15 points on the season. The Jr. Blues fell 2-1 Friday night, but rebounded to pump Kenai River 6-1 in Soldotna Saturday night.
Friday’s game at the Big Dipper is sponsored by Z Transmission & Auto Repair, while Saturdays is sponsored by the Alaska Club. 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.