FAIRBANKS-Friday's NAHL contest was the first meeting between these two intrastate rivals since mid-December. This game would not disappoint as the Brown Bears get a goal in the extra session for a 3-2 in overtime and stopping the Ice Dogs win streak at six games.
The Ice Dogs got 16 shots off without a goal in the first period. The Brown Bears didn't fare any better as the first went scoreless.
However, less than five minutes into the second period, Kenai River struck first. Nathan Colwell scored for Kenai despite a broken stick and bad bounce for the Ice Dogs. Just a minute and 35 seconds later Kenai came back for more as Judel Loewenstein shot was too hot to handle for Ice Dogs goalie Kevin Aldridge. The puck trickle through the pads and Kenai took a quick 2-0 lead.
The Ice Dogs showed they could score quicky as well. At the 9:09 mark of the second period Wyatt Ege fired one from the beyond the blue line on goalie Zach Quinn. It was meant to keep the puck in Bear zone but Quinn somehow lost sight of it and it squeaked through the five hole for a goal. Then less than two minutes later Yannick Vedel nailed the equalizer beating Quinn gloveside and popping his water bottle to tie things up at two a-piece.
That all the scoring in regulation for both team. Quinn ended up with 31 saves on 33 shots. Aldridge made 17 saves on 20 shots as both goalies had two shutout periods. Both teams were unsuccessful on their power plays because of staunch penalty kills. The Brown Bears were 0-3 and the Ice Dogs went 0-4.
But after 1:16 into the game was decided on a Vincent Stefan shot that found the net. Alec Butcher had the assist for Kenai on the game winner and he led all skaters with two assists on his two point night.
The Ice Dogs will have a chance to get revenge Saturday night at 7:30 at the Dipper.