Ice Dogs prevail over Minnesota in NAHL Midwest Division opener

Danny Martin

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.