FAIRBANKS-Yesterday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena the public got its first look at the 2013-2014 Ice Dogs. It was the first scrimmage, that starts this week's training camp. 14 returners were mixed in with 8 new guys on the Maroon and White squads. Spectators saw goals from the rookies and vets.
Newcomer Yannick Vedel, out of Culver Military Academy in Indiana, was set up by returning player Kyle Lee for the first goal of the scrimmage to give the White squad a 1-0 lead. Then Todd Burgess scored on a steal and breakaway to increase the White team's lead to 2-0.
The vets on the Maroon team showed up with Colton Wolter assisting Nick Hinz for their first gol. Tayler Munson's wrap around goal on Kevin Aldridge Brett tied it at two goals a piece. But Brett Gervais' goal would be the game winner in the shootout as the Maroon's last chance in the shootout went wide.
Viktor Liljegren is from Sweden. He was also the Ice Dogs fourth round draft pick who loves the style of hockey in Fairbanks.
"I like this kind of hockey more than the hockey we have in Sweden. I mean, this rink is much bigger, it goes much faster, there's more hits so this is the kind of play I want to play," Liljegren said.
Vedel, who scored the opening goal likes the continuity with his line.
"I thought I had really good chemistry. I played most of the scrimmage with Kyle and with Jake and I thought it went really well, we had a couple of really good power plays," Vedel said. "We had them stuck down there for a whole 2 minutes so I liked it."
Gervais, one of the returners to this Ice Dogs team, saw that his will be a very testing training camp for old and new players.
"It was really competitive and it was actually a really good scrimmage," Gervais said. "For the first time, you know, you get everybody together out there and everybody's working their butt off so I thought it was very competitive and overall a really good skate."