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Alaska, Fresno win Thursday night clashes in NAHL

December 9, 2011

Fresno forward Michael Harris had the game-winning goal and an assist on Thursday as Fresno beat Dawson Creek, 9-2.

Photo by John Wagner/News Miner

Alaska 3 @ Fairbanks 2 - Despite two goals from NAHL leading scorer JT Osborn, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs fell at home Thursday night to the West Division-leading Alaska Avalanche 3-2 in the opener of the three-game series.  Mitch Kontny assured the visitors from Palmer of staying atop the West standings and left the Ice Dogs in second place nine points behind by scoring the game-winner on a power play at a little more than a minute into the third period.  Gabe Levin, who entered the series at the No. 2 scorer in the league, had the initial assists on each of Osborn’s markers, giving him 40 points on the season. Goaltender Alex Fons recorded 18 saves for the Ice Dogs, who moved to 14-6-6 with 34 points in the standings.  The Avalanche have beaten the Ice Dogs in all four games this season.  Osborn delivered the game-tying goal on the Ice Dogs’ second power play of the series, rushing through the slot to deposit Alec Hajdukovich’s centering pass from near the left corner with 49.9 seconds left in the middle period.  Kontny was in a similar situation at 1:03 into the third perod, as he burst through the slot to redirect an Avalanche defenseman Joe Schmitz’s shot for the game-winner.  The Avalanche (21-9-1) withstood pressure in the third period by disrupting the Ice Dogs’ passing and shooting lanes and by moving the puck well down low.  Avalanche forward Connor Wright provided the game’s first goal at 1:41 into the second period, scoring in front with Ross Pavek’s centering pass. Evan Janssen, with assists from Casey Nelson and Kevin Novakovich, made it 2-0 at the 9:49 mark with Alaska’s first power-play conversion.  Nick Kulmanovsky made 23 save in the win for the Avs. Boxscore

Dawson Creek 2 @ Fresno 9 - Fresno jumped out to a five-goal lead midway through the game and never looked back on their way to a convincing 9-2 win.  Riley Borer had two goals and an assist and Michael Harris chipped in with the game-winning goal and an assist for the Monsters, who outshot the Rage, 42-24.  10 different Frenso players had multi-point games in what was the largest offensive output for Fresno this season.  Meanwhile, Dawson Creek has lost eight of their last nine games as their 12-game road swing wraps up Friday in Fresno. Boxscore

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