FAIRBANKS-If you take a frozen hot dog, defrost it, and cook it-that's how you turn an Ice Dog into a Hot Dog. I know, corny but the Ice Dogs are hot right now. They've won eight straight. The latest two over Kenai River where the offense went crazy with 12 goals in two games.
This weekend they face the Brown Bears again at home in the Dipper. Everyone is stepping up to make plays for the Ice Dogs. 10 players have at least 13 points. The only other team in the NAHL with that kind of output with 10 guys, are the defending Robertson Cup champs-the Amarillo Bulls.
Doug Rose was named Easton NAHL defenseman of the Month this week with 15 points to lead Ice Dog defensemen. He's had three game winners, was plus 11 in November and has notched 8 points in the last 10 games. Tayler Munson was honorable mention as Forward of the month and goalie Kevin Aldridge was honorable mention for goalie of the month.
So with all of that how can they do better? Head coach Trevor Stewart feels his team hasn't put it all together yet.
"Anybody can score on any given night and we saw a an example of that over the weekend but I think this weekend is about finding a balance of offense and defense and playing a sound hockey game for 120 minutes," Stewart said.
"I think our goalies will be key," Ice Dogs defenseman Wyatt Ege said. "Kevin [Aldridge] he will be doing great, he's doing great in practice so we're just going to relying on him. We're lock down in the d-zone and hopefully get a few goals."
"Offensively its shots to the net and either if we're getting shots to the net we're going to score," Ice Dogs forward Ethan Somoza said. "If we're working hard in the defensive zone they're not going to score. As long as they're not scoring they're not going to be able to win so that's all it is."