Anchorage, Alaska | 1/21/22 | Isaac Smoldon
Anchorage scored 6 unanswered goals on Friday night in an 8-1 rout of the 1st place Fairbanks Ice Dogs. It is the second time this season the Wolverines have beat the Ice Dogs, with their last meeting in Fairbanks resulting in a 9-3 loss. Anchorage now has a chance to sweep Fairbanks with their next game taking place on Saturday at the Ben Boeke, at 7PM AKST.
The Wolverines established their lead 7:25 into the 1st, with Hayden Hennen scoring his second of the year off a pass from Cameron Morris. Two minutes later, Talon Sigurdson scored what ended up being the game winning goal, his 26th of the season. Fairbanks responded the next shift to get the game back within one however, as Bily Renfrew scored his 21st off a broken play near the top of the Wolverines’ defensive zone. Despite leading by just a goal, Anchorage was the much better team in the opening frame, and would never relinquish the lead they established in the 1st.
The 2nd period is where the Wolverines began to run away with the game. Anchorage tacked on two quick goals in the 2nd, as Hunter Bischoff first re-established the two-goal lead 1:27 into the frame, followed by Talon Sigurdson extending the lead to 4-1 three minutes later. Aiden Westin tacked on a goal late in the period to give Anchorage a four-goal lead, and the Wolverines skated into intermission in complete control of the contest.
In the 3rd, Anchorage continued to dominate in all facets. Westin, Friesen, and Schmitz all scored in the final frame, and the Wolverines won the game up by 7. Raythan Robbins ended the game with a .960 save percentage, while the line of Sigurdson, Morris, and Westin all recorded 3 points on the night. Anchorage’s PK was perfect, as Fairbanks went 0/4 on the powerplay.
Both teams play again on Saturday at 7PM AKST. The game gives the Wolverines a chance to close in on Fairbanks in both the Midwest division standings and the coveted Club 49 cup. Tickets are available on anchoragewolverines.com, or at the door, 30 minutes before puck drop.