Alaska Roadtrip Continues with Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Who: Chippewa Steel (10-6) 20 points 3rd Midwest Division at Fairbanks Ice Dogs (13-5-1) 27 points 1st Midwest Division
Puck Drops Friday, November 15th 10:30 CT | Saturday, November 15th 10:30 CT- Big Dipper Ice Arena
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Fairbanks, Alaska– After traveling from Soldotna, Alaska earlier in the week the Steel are set to face off against the Fairbanks for the first time this season.
What to Watch For
The Steel will take on Fairbanks for the first time since last season. Chippewa comes into the contest on Friday losing their last 4 games and first 2 games of the Alaska road trip. Chippewa fell to Kenai River 6-1 last Friday and 5-4 on Saturday evening. The Steel are led by Connor Szmul, Killian Kiecker-Olson and Jacobs Dirks. Szmul leads the team with 11 goals. Szmul’s linemate Kiecker-Olson leads the team in assists at 15. Trent Burnham is expected to start in net for Chippewa this weekend. Burnham holds a 5-5 record and a 91 save percentage.
Fairbanks enters the weekend series on a hot streak, having won 8 of their last 10 games. Fairbanks is led by Jack Johnston and rookie Oliver Kjaer with both having 21 points. Projected to start in net for the Ice Dogs is Mattias Sholl 10-5-1 record in goal with a 92 save percentage.
After the series with Fairbanks the Steel will return back to Chippewa Falls for a week of practice. They will then head to Aberdeen, South Dakota for a rematch with the Aberdeen Wings on November 22nd and 23rd. Chippewa returns to Chippewa Area Ice Arena on Friday, November 29th and 30th. Friday, November 29th is Markquart Motors Night with a postgame skate and player autograph session. Saturday, November 30th all fans will receive a winter hat courtesy of Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club. All kids 12 and under will also receive free admission courtesy of Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club. For tickets call 715-861-2131 or 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 (ARI) All league games are viewable via HockeyTV. For more information, visit chippewasteelhockey.com.