Alaska teams shine at NAHL Showcase

Posted by DOYLE WOODY, adn.com on September 23, 2013 

Strong showing by Alaska's two clubs in the North American Hockey League at the circuit's Showcase in Blaine, Minn., last week -- both the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Kenai River Brown Bears went 4-0-0, matching the Austin (Minn.) Bruins, the only other squad to go 4-0-0. (Stick salute to reader Franklin for the heads-up).

Fairbanks and Austin shared the championship -- both were +10 in goal differential.

Kenai River forward Alec Butcher of Anchorage, is tied for first in the league in scoring with 4-4--8 and +4 totals in six games. Last season for the Brown Bears, he went 10-20--30 and +11 in 41 games.

The leading scorer for Fairbanks is Viktor Liljegren of Sweden, who owns 4-3--7 totals in six games. The Ice Dogs, a perennial power, are 6-0-0. Kenai River is 4-2-0 -- they dropped a pair of home games to Fairbanks to open the season.

Top goalie for Fairbanks is Lake Superior State-bound Kevin Aldridge, who is 4-0-0 with a 1.71 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout. Kenai River's Zach Quinn is 4-1-0 with a 2.28 and .909.

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