Fairbanks Ice Dogs earn 16th consecutive win

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Our Fairbanks Ice Dogs improved their winning streak yet again last night down in North Dakota against the Minot Minotauros.
The Dogs were able to win the series opener 2-1.
The two teams were tied up at one after the first period, but the Dogs were able to take their first lead of the game 17 minutes into the Middle frame.
Both teams then fought to a stalemate for the remaining 20 minutes, allowing the Dogs to defeat their Central Division foes.
Tanner Schachle and Caleb Hite scored the two goals for the Dogs while John Stampohar, Grant Ledford, Robert Blueger, and Erkka Vanska all earned an assist.
That was Vanska's 25th assist of the year and his 42nd point.
He is currently the fourth highest scorer in the NAHL.
Goaltender Josh Benson stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced in his 60 minutes between the pipes to help secure the 16th win in a row for the Ice Dogs.
The Dogs are now 31-5-3-2 overall this year and have a 12 point lead in the NAHL Midwest Division.
They also have the best record in the NAHL with a 4 point lead over the Shreveport Mudbugs.
The Dogs will take on the Minotauros again tonight.
They will return to the Big Dipper on February 9th and 10th to host Johnstown.