Back to the States for the Dogs

AMARILLO, TEXAS- The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are back in the Lower 48 for a pair of series against NAHL South Division teams in the Amarillo Bulls and New Mexico Ice Wolves. The Ice Dogs return to Fairbanks on Nov. 7 for the opener of  a 3-game series against Springfield.

The Dogs come off a series in which they split with the Janesville Jets at the Dip.  Ten different Ice Dogs marked the scoresheet in a 4-1 victory on Friday, though none of them registered multiple points in the win. Rookie forward Barak Braslavski lit the lamp for the first time in his NAHL career, the eventual game winner that came at 2:36 of the second period. Braslavski claimed after the game  that it was worth the wait for his first goal to come at the Dipper.

“It was absolutely incredible to score in front of these fans,” Braslavski said. “I was just looking for the bottom corner and was able to hit it. I gotta give it up to my line mates, my boys Link and Ostbloom, we had energy all night.”

The Dogs severely lacked energy on Saturday night, as the Jets skated away with a 4-2 win that included a 3 goals in a second period that saw the Jets take just 9 shots.

First up on this current road trip for the Dogs, the Amarillo Bulls, who at 8-3-0-1 sit fifth in the South Division with 17 points. They come into the series red-hot having won five consecutive games. At 7-4-0-1 the Dogs are alone in third place in the Midwest Division with 15 points, two back of division leading Kenai River.

The NAHL is billing Friday’s tilt as the ‘Game of the Week’ and will be available for streaming free of charge at  Ice Dogs fans are encouraged to head to the Finish Line Restaurant for a viewing party on Saturday. Face off comes at 7:05 Central Time both nights, that’s 4:05 p.m. in Fairbanks.