FAIRBANKS-After winning their five game series over Kenai River the Fairbanks Ice Dogs host the Midwest division finals against another rival. The Wenatchee Wild.
The Wild are also battled tested winning their series against the Minnesota Wilderness in five games including a 1-0 overtime win in the clincher.
The Ice Dogs won the season series between the two squads 8-4. The real rivalry will be turned up a notch because Wentachee ended the Ice Dogs season last year in the division finals in five games.
Games 1-3 will be at the Big Dipper. Games 4 and 5 if necessary will be in Wenatchee.
Fairbanks defenseman Wyatt Ege may know the edge for the Ice Dogs. He's scored all six of his goals this year against Kenai and Wenatchee. He knows Wenatchee's goalie Chase Perry.
"Well I know this goalie a little bit. He's from Minnesota and I played against him in high school so I know his tendencies a little bit so we'll see," Ege said.
"Everything that happened last series we got to forget about it. It's all in the past," Ice Dogs forward Kyle Lee said. Lee scored the game winner goal in overtime of game five to help the Ice Dogs advance to this finals matchup with the Wild.
"Wenatchee is a completely different team you know, they have the same confidence level as us, won in overtime. So it's going to be two underdogs going at it you know we got to play with grit. We just got to want it more," Lee said.
"I think goaltending is definitely going to be a key," Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said after yesterday's practice. "The team that sticks to their game plan throughout is going to have an advantage and just you know I think guys-some big time players coming with big time goals at the appropriate time."
The puck drops at 7:30 this Saturday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.