FAIRBANKS, AK-Your Ice Dogs had a memorable nine game winning streak snapped in Soldotna in their last outing against the Brown Bears dropping the last two games. But now the Ice Dogs are back in the Big Dipper for the last two regular season games facing off with the Brown Bears again with the ERA Alaska Cup on the line.
The 16 game series is tied at 7 games but the Ice Dogs are 22 and 6 at home. Add in that the Ice Dogs are still in the hunt for the west division lead and this could make for a great culmination to the regular season.
The Wenatchee Wild are on the road for their last two games against Fresno. Only two points separate the Wild and Fairbanks, 82-80 in the division.
If the Ice Dogs tie with the Wild they will get the division title because Fairbanks owns the tie breaker with more regular season wins and would host Fresno in the first round of the playoffs. If the Ice Dogs finish in second they'll see Kenai once again in the playoffs.
The Ice Dogs realize the importance of these last two games but it's just back to the basics for this squad. Ice Dogs forward Jayson Angus was one of the bright spots on the winless Kenai trip with a goal and an assist.
"We've been trying to just get back to the things that got us there in the first place, so. Just all over the ice, we've got to make plays, make the plays whether it's getting pucks out of our zone or getting pucks into their zone, just little things all over the ice, just execute everything better. It'll be good," Angus said.
Head coach Trevor Stewart says these last two games will be about the energy level of his team.
"Last week down in Kenai, we did not have any energy. We couldn't generate any sort of energy whatsoever. So, it's important for us this weekend just knowing that we're going to make mistakes, but let's make sure that we're making them at a 100 percent max effort and the chips will fall where they lie, but let's get back to dictating the pace of play by being excited to play," Stewart said.
Friday and Saturday's games will start at 7:30 pm.