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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.

Ice Dogs Earn First Point of Season

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs jumped out to a two goal lead, before falling 4-3 in a shootout to the Shreveport Mud Bugs on day one of the 2018 North American Hockey League Showcase Tournament.  The Dogs are rewarded with a point for the effort, and sit at 0-2-0-1 on the season.

Fairbanks native Ty Proffitt opened the scoring, when he snapped a wrist shot low blocker passed Mud Bug net minder Leo Chuard at 9:37 of the first period.  Fellow Alaskan Tanner Edwards was credited with the primary assist on the play.

With less than a minute to play in the first, Ice Dog defenseman Jake Borgida fired a pass out of his own zone that found the tape of a streaking Jax Murray in the neutral zone.  Murray carried the puck briefly before sending a laser from the top of the right circle that found the back of the net with 33 seconds to play in the period, staking the Dogs to a 2-0 lead after the first stanza.

Shreveport responded with a pair of goals in the second to knot things up at 2 at 13:30 of the frame.  Just over three minutes later, Martin Jonnson scored from the high slot, while on the power play, to put the Dogs back on top 3-2.  The Mud Bugs scored the lone goal of the third period, as Matt Stoia lit the lamp shortly after the Dogs had killed a Dylan Abbott hooking minor.

Following a scoreless overtime, the teams went to a shootout, where  Mud Bugs Connor Witherspoon and Stoia tallied goals, while Ice Dogs Luke Mobley and Murray were unable to find the back of the net.

The Mud Bugs outshot the Ice Dogs 32-19 through regulation and overtime.

It’s a quick turnaround for the Dogs as they will be back on the Ice at 10:30 Thursday morning to face the Minnesota Wilderness, who fell 4-1 to the Johnstown Tomahawks on day one of the tournament.