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Fairbanks Ice Dogs lose to Alaska Avalanche

Fairbanks Ice Dogs lose to Alaska Avalanche

by Staff Report

FAIRBANKS – The Fairbanks Ice Dogs couldn\’t go goal-for-goal with the Alaska Avalanche on Saturday night, as the Ice Dogs fell 4-3 in Wasilla.
The North American Hockey League West Division rivals traded scores until Avalanche forward Berkley Scott put in the game-winner with 4 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in the third period.

Alaska outshot the Ice Dogs 47-24.

A scoreless first period was followed by an offensive explosion of five goals in the second period, two from Fairbanks and three from Alaska.

Ice Dogs forward Jared Larson opened the scoring at 1:28 into the second. That was answered by a tying goal from Avalanche forward Jacob Barber at 4:03 into the period.

Fairbanks\’ Zach Blaisdell recaptured the lead with a goal with 11:03 remaining in the second, but goals from Alaska\’s Robb Haider and Nardo Nagtzaam put the Avalanche in control 3-2 before the second intermission.

Ice Dogs forward Zach Tolkinen evened things up at 3 with 11:35 remaining in the game.

Fairbanks goalie Mike Taffe got Saturday night\’s start but was pulled after the second for Jake Williams, who took his first loss of the season while giving up one goal and making 17 saves.

The Ice Dogs dropped to 10-8-1 and sit at third in the West behind Alaska (11-3-4).

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