FAIRBANKS, Alaska - We have two big stories coming from the Fairbanks Ice Dogs tonight.
We'll start with our home-grown talent Ty Proffitt, who signed on to play at the college level.
Proffitt will be playing for the University of Wisconsin-Superior in the fall.
Ty has been a part of hockey here in Fairbanks his entire life, including tenures on the West Valley High School and Arctic Lions 16U team.
He left home to play for the California Titans 18U squad in 2015 and the Iowa Wild in 2016, before returning to the Ice Dogs the following year.
This season has been Ty's first full year with the Dogs and he has been a heavy contributor on the Ice.
He has registered 16 points this year with an even 8 goals and 8 assists.
Two of those goals were game-winners.
Proffitt will now be joining the Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets, a Division 3 program in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
He is the latest Ice Dog to sign to the college level, along with Noah Wilson, Dylan Abbott, John Stampohar, Jax Murray, Luke Ciolli, and Jonathan Sorenson.
We talked to Ty about why he chose Superior, and how it feels to officially sign with a college team."
"I visited over the summer, and just the coaching staff... they were really up front and honest with what they saw for me and the place, being right on Lake Superior, the feel is just like being here with hunting and fishing. So it just made me want to go there even more. Being a part of this organization and then moving away from home when I was 16 to play, and seeing that not just people in Alaska but people all across the country recognized it, I think has built a sense of pride inside myself that has developed over the years and encouraged me within myself to be a better person and better hockey player as I move forward," said Proffitt.
Ice Dog Goaltender Mattias Sholl was honored by the NAHL this week for his efforts over the past 30 days.
Sholl was named the League's Goaltender of the month.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who saw Sholl's work between the pipes in March.
The 18 year old from Hermosa Beach California had a perfect 9-0-0 record throughout the month.
In those nine games, Sholl faced 233 shots and turned away 222 of them, only allowing 11 goals.
Three of those games in March were shutouts, bringing his total this season to six, which is a three-way tie for the league high.
Sholl currently leads all goaltenders in the NAHL with a 1.69 Goals Against Average while his .934 save percentage has him holding down second place in the league in that category.
Through Sholl's 25 games manning the crease this season, the Ice Dogs are 17-1-3-1.
We caught up with the newest NAHL Goaltender of the Month about this latest honor from the league."
"I was really excited. Any time you can recieve an award that shows how well you've played is an honor. It's also a reflection of how well the team is playing in front of me. So, it's an honor for the team as well. I think the more I've been playing consistently and getting more game time I've become more confident in my game. I'm kind of not worrying about not playing and just worrying about making that next save. It's been fun," said Sholl.