Ice Dogs prevail over Minnesota in NAHL Midwest Division opener

Danny Martin Dmartin@newsminer.com

Chandler Madry changed his mind about passing to Fairbanks Ice Dogs teammate Jacob Hetz late in overtime of Friday night’s opener of a North American Hockey League Midwest Division first-round playoff series.

It was a change which lifted the top-seeded Ice Dogs to a 5-4 victory over the fourth-seeded and resilient Minnesota Magicians in the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Yannick Vedel and Adam Wilcox had a goal and an assist each, John Teets dispensed two assists and goaltender Kevin Alridge made 32 saves for the Ice Dogs, the defending Robertson Cup champions, who take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Game 2 is set for 7:30 tonight in the Big Dipper.