Ice Dogs dominate series opener against Topeka

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs began their two game series against the Topeka Pilots last night.
The Dogs were dominant, defeating the Pilots 4-0.
The Dogs got on the board first with a goal seven minutes into the first period.
They then scored their next three goals in the second, all while holding Topeka scoreless.
Neither team scored in the third period, but the Dogs had already done enough to secure the victory.
Tanner Edwards scored the first goal for the Ice Dogs while the others were scored by Matt Koethe, Jake Borgida, and John Stampohar.
Luke Ciolli finished with two assists while Edwards, Andrew Garby, Luke Mobly, Jack Johnston, Noah Wilson, and Jax Murray all finished with one.
The Defense was on fire for the Ice Dogs, holding Topeka to 17 shots on goal, all of which were turned away by goaltender Mattias Sholl, who earned himself a shutout.
This was the second shutout of his Ice Dog Career for the Goaltender from Hermosa Beach California, and his first since November 2018.
We caught up with Edwards and Sholl after the game about what was clicking last night for the Ice Dogs.
"I think the most important thing is just keeping pucks out of our net and I think we did that really well tonight. We made simple plays and it ended up in our favor. It feels great, everything from goalies, to defense, to forwards was all clicking and it felt great, just the fluidity of everyone," said Edwards.
"They didn't have that many shots on me tonight but when they had the chances I felt I made the saves and that's what you've got to do if you want to be successful in this league. I felt that the boys played really well in front of me tonight so that helped out a lot. It felt good, we're excited to get back at it tomorrow and we're ready to sweep them," said Sholl.
The Dogs will close their weekend series with Topeka tonight, which will be their final contest in a nine-game home stand.