The 5-1-0 Johnstown Tomahawks departed on a jet plane earlier this week to the frigid and unforgiving Last Frontier for a slate of weekend games in “The Golden Heart City” of Fairbanks, Alaska, where they meet the defending Robertson Cup champions, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
The Tomahawks are coming off an impressive week in Blaine, Minn., where they attained a record of 3-1-0 during the four-day event. Johnstown defeated the Springfield Jr. Blues, Minnesota Wilderness and Shreveport Mudbugs while falling to the Austin Bruins in a close contest.
Johnstown forward Dalton Hunter has had a hot start out of the gate with nine points in six games played. Hunter has earned two consecutive East Division Star of the Week honors for his performances throughout the first two weeks of the season.
The Ice Dogs also are off to a solid start to their season as they defend their championship. Coached by Trevor Stewart, Fairbanks has earned a 4-1-2 record on the young season and they currently sit tied for first place in the Midwest Division.
Fairbanks is paced in scoring by returning forward Cayden Cahill (three goals, three assists).
This will be the ninth all-time meeting between the Ice Dogs and Tomahawks. Fairbanks leads the all-time series 6-2-0 with the last meeting taking place on January 9, 2016 in Johnstown. The Ice Dogs skated away with a 4-0 victory.
Faceoff for both Friday and Saturday’s games is set for 11:30 p.m. EST (7:30 AKT). Both games can be viewed live on HockeyTV (formerly FastHockey). Fans can follow the Tomahawks social media accounts for up-to-date action throughout the weekend.