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Ice Dogs come up short against Janesville Jets

Danny Martin, DMARTIN, @NEWSMINER.COM

 And for the second straight game, the Ice Dogs didn’t come out ahead on the scoreboard when they had opportunities.

Fairbanks fell 3-2 Friday night to the Midwest Division-leading Janesville Jets in the opener of a two-game series at the Janesville Ice Arena in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Goaltender CJ Boothe made 17 saves, forward Hampus Eriksson had a goal and an assist and defenseman Aaron McPheters distributed two assists for the Ice Dogs, who slipped into fourth place in the Midwest at 7-6-2-1 for 17 points in the standings.

“I’m pretty proud as a coach of our efforts but, obviously, our execution needs to be better,’’ Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said from Janesville.

“We had a number of chances but we didn’t capitalize,’’ Stewart continued. “We had the opportunities to make those impact plays but we didn’t make those impact plays.”

The Ice Dogs finished with a 28-20 advantage in shots against the Jets (11-4-0-1 for 23 points). Fairbanks, however, slipped to 0-2-1 during its two-week divisional road trip in Wisconsin.

“Janesville is a really good team this year,’’ Stewart said. “We put ourselves in position where we could win.

“There is a fine line between winning and losing and we need to be on other side of the line,’’ he added.

The Ice Dogs came to Janesville after a one-point weekend against the Coulee Region Chill in LaCrosse.

Fairbanks gained the point in the standings after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Chill Oct. 29. Fairbanks lost 5-1 a night earlier in the series opener.

Both Ice Dogs goals Friday occurred during power plays.

Eriksson cut Janesville’s lead to 2-1 at 10:50 of the second period with help from Aaron McPheters and Daniel Haider.

Haider and Eriksson each have a team-high 12 points in 16 games this season Haider has six goals and six assists, and Eriksson has three goals and nine helpers.

Hunter Wendt, aided by Eriksson and McPheters, deposted the puck into an empty net at 17:04 of the third period after Boothe was pulled for an extra attacker.

Adam Roeder had two points for Janesville, including the game-winning goal at 14:41 of the second period. Roeder was set up by Keegan Miller and Adrian Holesinsky.

Joseph Abate, with assists from Roeder and Peter Bates, scored on a power play at 9:09 of the first period. Michael Maloney put the Jets ahead 2-0 with a power-play tally at 8:02, aided by Blake Wareham and Holesinsky.

Jacob Barczewski registered 26 saves for Janesville.

After today’s game at 4 p.m. ADT, the Ice Dogs return home to take on the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues in a Midwest Division series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Contact sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.