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Ice Dogs host Pilots to close out home stand

FAIRBANKS- It seems fitting that the Topeka Pilots are coming to town to play the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a series sponsored by Alaska Airlines.  It’s a big weekend for the teams, and the fans as one fan will win a pair of round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.  Fans will have the opportunity to sign up to win the tickets at Friday’s game, but must be present at Saturday’s game for the chance to win.

“We couldn’t be happier to partner with Alaska Airlines,” said Ice Dog General Manager Rob Proffitt.  “We fly exclusively with Alaska Air, and we’re excited to offer our fans a chance to fly with them as well.”

The Dogs are coming off a split with the Corpus Christi IceRays that included an exciting 6-3 comeback victory Saturday night.  Kenai River swept the Pilots last weekend in Soldotna.  At 22-14-3-2 the Ice Dogs remain in second place in the NAHL Midwest Division, with 49 points, three points up on Janesville and six points back of the Minnesota Magicians.  With 41 points, Topeka sits two back of the IceRays for the final playoff spot in the NAHL South Division.

Hockey week in Fairbanks continues throughout the week.  Several Ice Dogs, including Luke Mobley, Trenton Woods and Tyler DeWeese spent time at Anne Wien Elementary School on Wednesday, reading to students there as part of Hockey Week.  Being active in the community is a cornerstone of the Ice Dogs hockey program, and participating in hockey week by reading to local students is icing on the cake.

This weekend’s series closes a 9-game home stand for the Ice Dogs.  Following the series, the boys will board Alaska Airlines and fly to the lower 48 for their final regular season trip to the Lower 48, with series’ against the Magicians, the Jets and the Springfield Jr. Blues over a span of three weeks.  The Dogs return to the Dipper March 8 and will remain in the 49th state through the duration of the regular season.

The Ice Dogs annual spaghetti feed comes March 31.  Tickets are available now at this weekend’s games or at the Ice Dogs’ office through Friday.

Ice Dogs storm back to earn split

FAIRBANKS- After losing to 5-2 to the Corpus Christi IceRays Friday night, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs again found themselves in trouble on Saturday, down 2-1 to the IceRays entering the third period.  Five goals later, the Dogs skated off the ice 6-3 victors over their guests from Texas.

Just under three minutes into the third, Luke Mobley, after winning a neutral zone draw, deposited the rebound of a Matt Koethe shot to knot the game at two.  Jake Stella put the visitors back on top four minutes later, redirecting the puck past Nate Reid for a 3-2 lead.  However, it was a lead that did not last long.

It took recently named Ice Dogs Captain Grant Ledford just 32 seconds to show why he has that “C” on his sweater.  Noah Wilson moved the puck from the end boards up to center ice, where Tanner Edwards controlled it and found Ledford on the right wing with speed.  Ledford rushed the zone and snapped a shot from the dot that beat Samuel Vyletelka high glove and tied the game at three.

“I just tried to lead by example,” Ledford said.  “We knew we had energy coming out of the second, and we just did what we needed to do.”

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Jack Johnston and Matt Koethe celebrate after beating the Corpus Christi IceRays 6-3.

Less than two minutes later, the dogs again stretched the puck up the right wing, as Jax Murray received a Jonny Sorenson pass in neutral ice before rushing the zone.  There he found the tape of a crashing Jack Johnston, who one-timed the offering into an open net before sliding, head first, into boards with his team on top 4-3.

“I was just driving wide and he (Murray) made a nice pass that beat a couple D and I was just able to put it in,” Johnston said.  “It feels great to come out with a win and get the job done.”

Johnston’s goal proved to be the game winner, but not the last of the scoring.  Parker Brown scored two minutes later, while Ledford added his second of the night, an empty netter with just over a minute remaining in regulation.  Nate Reid stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced.  The Dogs peppered Vyletelka with 52 shots.

With the win, the Ice Dogs earn a series split with the IceRays, and maintain their 3-point margin over Janesville for second place in the NAHL Midwest Division, six points back of division the division leading Minnesota Magicians.

“Getting points tonight (Saturday) was huge,” Ledford said. “We need to keep our heads down, work hard this week in practice and be ready to go Friday night.”

The Ice Dogs host the Topeka Pilots next weekend at the Dip, in their last home series until March 8-9.  Alaska Airlines is sponsoring the weekend series that includes the chance for someone in attendance to win a trip for two anywhere Alaska flies.