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Year in Review: Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Junior Hockey News

Published: Friday, 7 Jun 2013
By: Michael Gosnell

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? Absolutely nothing.

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.


posted Jun. 8th, 2013 - 11:25am
Willie Schmidt says:
How does a player "technically" lead a team in scoring with 2 goals and 8 assists? And what's with unsolicited jab at Odessa?

posted Jun. 8th, 2013 - 12:22pm
Michael Gosnell says:
Record says it all. NAHL listed him as the leading scorer for Fairbanks, but I like to look at what he did for Odessa.

posted Jun. 8th, 2013 - 1:12pm
Jon Hart says:
I wouldn't consider that a jab at Odessa, everyone knows how bad they played last season. The fact that Lawrence was able to put up those numbers on that team was pretty impressive. Considering they played 3/5 of their schedule against Amarillo, Texas, and Topeka.

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