Murray leads Ice Dogs to three-game sweep in Kenai
November 26, 2018
Fairbanks 1 @ Kenai River 0 - The Jax Murray show continued Sunday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Kenai River. For the third straight night, NCAA Division I Arizona State University recruit netted the game-winning goal as the Ice Dogs completed a three-game sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears with a 1-0 victory in the only NAHL game of the day.
“Jax was the game-changer in the series,” Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said. “He had three game-winning goals, two in overtime. You can’t argue against that.”
The Ice Dogs move to 12-8-1-2 and remain in third place in the Midwest Division. The Brown Bears drop to 9-11-2-1 and remain tied for fourth place in the division. Fairbanks also leads the Ravn Cup, the seasonlong battle between the two teams, at 3-0.
Fairbanks goaltender Matthias Sholl and Kenai River goaltender Gavin Enright had things figured out. Sholl, the night after getting pulled after giving up three goals in the first period, made 36 saves to record his first shutout in his sixth appearance this season. Enright allowed just one goal on 25 shots.
Murray struck with 8:45 left in the second period on the power play. John Stampohar and Dylan Abbott, two other players with Division I commitments, assisted. The duo assisted on Murray’s overtime winner on Friday, while Abbott had the assist on Saturday’s game-winner.
The Bears outshot the Ice Dogs 17-8 in the third period, but could not solve Sholl.