For the second time in the last four years, Fairbanks Ice Dogs have won the Robertson Cup as champions of the North American Hockey League.
Fairbanks defeated Austin Bruins 6-2 on Saturday night to take the best-of-three championship series in two straight games.
The NAHL champs have a strong connection to Sault Ste. Marie.
Michigan Soo native Rob Proffitt is the general manager of the Alaska-based Ice Dogs. Proffitt has resided in Fairbanks since 1991.
Another Sooite, Mike Boucher, serves as the Michigan area scout for Fairbanks.
All together, Fairbanks posted a playoff record of 10-4 en route to winning the Robertson Cup as champions of the 24-team NAHL.
Of note, 1994 birth-year goaltender Kevin Aldridge backstopped Fairbanks on its 14-game playoff run, starting and finishing every contest in posting a 10-4 record to go with a 1.86 goals-against-average and .928 save percentage.
Hailing from the Metro Detroit area, the 5-foot-8, 150 pound Aldridge will head back to his home state of Michigan to continue his career in 2014-2015 as a top recruit of the Soo-based Lake Superior State University Lakers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.