FAIRBANKS, AK-The The Ice Dogs stared elimination in the face and didn't flinch. A three goal period brought the Ice Dogs back from a two goal deficit and they win 3-2 in regulation over Kenai. Fairbanks wins the five game series 3-2 as well.Ice Dogs came out highly focused and motivated on their home ice for this do or die game five.
However, Kenai was also honed in. The Brown Bears were the aggressors early outshooting Fairbanks in the first period 16-4. Kenai struck first with an Albin Karlsson power play goal late in the first at the 18:53 mark.
Kenai's momentum and aggression carried over in the second period with another goal. This one by Zack Zulkanycz three minutes into the period. 2-0 Kenai.
Fairbanks goalie Steve Perry regrouped and shut the door from that point on leaving it up to his teammates to generate and establish some offense.
In the final period the Ice Dogs offense became white hot. Colton Wolter ignited the offense with an amazing assist as he took the puck end to end weaving through Kenai defenders before finally dishing it to Devin Loe for an easy goal. Loe's sendhome made a 2-1 game at the 8:33 mark of the third period.
Then Wolter call his own number. Nick Hinz and Jakob Romo cycle it over to Wolter who gives Kenai goalie Marcus Zelzer straight sauce. A laser shot from near the blue line finds nylon. That goal ties the game at two all and the home crowd gets on their feet in the Big Dipper cheering intensely has they witnessed the Ice Dogs make a comeback.
With about a minute left in the game the Ice Dogs rally would climax with a Jayson Angus goal. Angus was right on the doorstep after Duggie Lagrone and Garret Clemment passed the puck around in semi-transition to Angus. Angus lights the lamp and that was it.
The Ice Dogs rally from a two goal deficit with three unaswered goals in the final stanza winning a classic five game series. Both teams displayed excellent sportsmanship and respect after the game ackowledging and congratualing each other on a very memorable five games.
Perry made 29 saves on the 31 shots he faced and Wolter led the Ice Dogs with a goal and an assist that sparked the remarkable third period run for Fairbanks.
Fairbanks wins the series 3-2 over in-state rival Kenai and now face the Wenatchee Wild-THE rival. It will be a number one versus number two matchup in the NAHL west division finals this weekend. Game 1 is in Wenatchee.