The Ice Dogs lost 2-1 in overtime after rolling to a 7-1 win over their Midwest Division and intrastate rival Friday in the opening game of this season’s Ravn Alaska Cup Series.
“We had a lot of chances,’’ Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said by cellphone Saturday. “Maybe we should have saved some of those (goals) last night for tonight.
“I think the game was similar in possession and opportunities,’’ he said, “but last night we found the back of the net, and tonight we did not.”
The Ice Dogs outshot the Brown Bears 33-16 on Saturday, when each team found the back of the net in the third period.
Ice Dogs center Daniel Haider produced the game’s first score at 2:01 into the third from assists by John Stampohar and Jax Murray.
Luke Radetic forced overtime with a power-play goal at 16:41 of the period. Cameron McDonald and Gabriel Wahl assisted on Radetic’s 10th goal of the season.
Wahl, during another power play, delivered the game-winner at 2:17 of overtime with help from McDonald and Radetic.
The Ice Dogs went 0 for 5 on the power play and the Brown Bears finished 2 for 5.
Goaltender Logan Neaton made 14 saves for Fairbanks, which gained a point in the Midwest standings and improved its second-place record to 9-4-1-2 for 21 points. The Ice Dogs are three points behind the Janesville Jets, who won 2-1 in regulation over the Minnesota Magicians in a divisional game Saturday in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Fairbanks plays host to the Central Division’s Bismarck (North Dakota) Bobcats at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
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