Steel End Road Trip with 6-3 Loss
Fairbanks, AK- After already securing a winning Alaska road trip on Thursday night the Steel looked to secure a series win in Fairbanks Saturday night. The Chippewa Steel entered Saturday night’s contest against the Ice Dogs trailing the season series 5 games to 4.
In the first period, Jacob Dirks was able to give the Steel a 1-0 advantage on a short-handed goal. Fairbanks quickly tied the game at 1 with a power play goal by Luke Mobley just 27 seconds later. Luke Ciolli of Fairbanks scored on a short-handed goal of their own at the 12:16 mark.
In the second period, Fairbanks stretched their lead to 3-1 with another power play goal, this time by Jax Murray assisted by John Stampohar and Jack Johnston. Jacob Dirks was able to cut the Chippewa deficit to 3-2 after finding the back of the net for the second time in the game.
Laker Aldridge of Fairbanks who only had 1 goal on the season coming into the series struck for gold 4 minutes and 41 seconds into the 3rd period. Camden Thiesing made things interesting scoring a goal at the 13:06 mark but Fairbanks provided the dagger minutes later with a goal from Tyler Deweese. Fairbanks rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal. After a 6-3 victory the Ice Dogs win the competitive season series 6 games to 4.
In net for the Steel was Josh Langford, who had a long layoff as he hadn’t seen action since December 28th. He stopped 24 of 29 shots.
The Steel will be back at home, Saturday, January 26th for 92.9 the X Night. Adult tickets will be 2 for 1 with a non-perishable food item for Feed My People Food Bank. Puck drops at 7:10 p.m. For more information and all things Steel visit chippewasteelhockey.com.
The Chippewa Steel are members of the NAHL which is the oldest and largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the non pay-to-play model. The NAHL is also one of the best at advancing players to NCAA and professional hockey. Notable Alumni of the NAHL include Ryan Suter (MIN), Patrick Kane (CHI) and Phil Kessel (PIT) All league games are viewable via HockeyTV. For more information, visit chippewasteelhockey.com.