RICHFIELD, MINN-The Ice Dogs are on a six game road trip to start the second half of the season after Christmas. After dispatching the Bobcats last night the Ice Dogs won 3-1 over the Minnesota Magicians tonight.
The Ice Dogs played this one a little close to the cuff. In some ways they couldn't help it. Both goalies had stellar games as the first two periods went scoreless. Kevin Aldridge made 35 stops on 36 shots while Atte Tolvanen made 29 saves on the 31 shots he saw.
But the Ice Dogs broke the seal on this game first with a Lonnie Clary goal coming a little over five minutes into the final period. Colton Wolter provided the assist.
It looked as if the Ice Dogs would gain control scoring again just four minutes later with Kyle Lee putting on in net after a Tayler Munson helper. The Magicians generated some magic on the power play with Jordan Stejskal getting the only tally on Aldridge. Stejskal's power play goal made it a 2-1 game with five minutes left in regulation. Prior to that goal Fairbanks was six for six on penalty kills.
The Ice Dogs defense shook off the score and blanked the Magicians in the final four minutes. Munson added an empty net goal for the final margin. Munson had a goal and an assist to lead Fairbanks.
12-3 is the record for the Ice Dogs in their last 15 games. They've won back to back games but will need to perform in back to back games. They play the Austin Bruins tomorrow on New Year's Eve.
The last time these teams met the Bruins held on for 2-1 decision at home back on Oct. 25.