Ice Dogs defenseman Camden Shasby, from Anchorage, came back to town Friday to net an unassisted game-winning goal in a 3-1 Fairbanks victory over the Anchorage Wolverines at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.
Shasby, whose father, Matt Shasby, was recently hired to coach the Seawolves hockey team at the University of Alaska Anchorage next season, scored late in the middle frame to break a 1-1 tie.
The Wolverines, an expansion team in the Tier II junior league, opened the scoring after a scoreless first period.
Talon Sigurdson, the NAHL’s leading goal-scorer, came through less than 3 minutes into the second period. Hunter Bischoff and Cameron Morris assisted on the goal, which was Sigurdson’s 17th of the season.
The Ice Dogs tied it 1-1 midway through the second period on forward Tyler Stewart’s tally (assisted by Nick Ostbloom), which set the stage for Shasby.
Another Tyler, the Ice Dogs’ Tyler Herzberg, gave Fairbanks some breathing room with an unassisted short-handed goal, ended the scoring midway through the third period.
Kayden Hargraves picked up the win for Fairbanks with 30 saves while Shane Soderwall, who faced 25 shots, took the loss.
The triumph kept the Ice Dogs atop the Midwest Division. A win would have pulled Anchorage even with Fairbanks in the standings.
The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ben Boeke.
In Soldotna on Friday, the Springfield Jr. Blues beat the Kenai River Brown Bears 5-3 in another Midwest Division contest.