One of the North American Hockey League's most
successful franchises has been the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
They have consistently put players into college,
have maintained a pedigree of success in the NAHl, and have become the premier
junior hockey team in the state of Alaska.
This season was not exception for Fairbanks, despite
the game five loss in the West Division final to Wenatchee.
Scoring was far from a problem for the Ice Dogs as
they scored a team total of 192 goals, which was second in the division.
The Ice Dogs leading scorer, technically, was Lawrence
Cornellier, but he only scored two goals and 8 assists in 16 games for
Fairbanks. He was acquired from the lowly Odessa Jackalopes, a move that was
probably made to compete with Wenatchee.
Garret Clemment played 59 games for Fairbanks and
scored 28 points and 27 assists. He will take his talents to Lake Superior
State University, where he will be joined by teammate Jayson Angus.
Another player that will take his game to Division I
hockey is Devin Loe. Loe was the team's second-leading scorer with 50 points.
Contributions from everyone on the team consistently
occurred and that is always a key factor in the recipe for success at any level
of hockey. This includes points from the blue line.
Doug Rose led all Ice Dog defensemen with 28 points.
He returned to Fairbanks for his second season and improved his numbers.
The team defense of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs was solid
and formidable. Their hard work was an integral factor in their success.
What is a great team without stellar goaltending?
Steve Perry and Kevin Aldridge played great between
the pipes. Perry was the team's brick wall and earned a 20-8-5 record and a
2.33 goals against average.
The Ice Dogs have the reputation for moving guys
onto college at a rapid pace. This year was no different.
Thirteen Ice Dogs will move to collegiate hockey,
which is an outstanding achievement.