FAIRBANKS-It was the second game in the three game home series for the Ice Dogs. Already down a game the Ice Dogs saw this second game as a second chance to correct things on defense. Those corrections resulted in a 3-1 last night in the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
The first period was all about defense for both teams. The Ice Dogs looked better being quicker to the puck and contesting shots. The Chill defense didn't break either in the first. The Ice Dogs saw chances but receiving passes was a bit off.
Coulee would get the first goal of the game in the second period. Jesse Tredinnick would score on Patrick Munson after a receiving the go head pass from Sean Kalbak that led to Tredinnick's breakaway goal at the 6:50 mark of the second stanza.
Fairbanks would respond with a great third period. 15:48 was the time when the Ice Dogs got the equalizer. Victory Munter came down the left side and found Tayler Munson in the slot and Munson took care of the rest scoring on Blake Cates to make it a 1-1 game.
Tonight was about winning battles and Ice Dogs forward Lonnie Clary wanted to win every battle. He got one on the boards beating a Chill defender to the puck that was behind the Coulee net. Clary fending off a Chill player and tapped a pass to David Kaplan who slapped it in for the 2-1 lead just two minutes after Munson's goal.
Patrick Munson and the Ice Dogs defense tightened the gaps and stopped shots as Coulee tried to rally late. Munson made 24 saves on 25 shots and Jacob Hetz put in a empty netter for the final 3-1 margin.
Both teams will be back on the ice tomorrow at 7:30 pm. for the series finale.