WENATCHEE, WASH.-The Ice Dogs were outshot against the Wild in Friday's 3-2 loss. Last night Fairbanks were the hunters instead of the hunted in their 5-3 victory over the Wild.
The Ice Dogs created more chances and were more aggressive on the offensive end and it earned them a 30-22 shots on goal advantage that kept them in the game.
Fairbanks trailed 1-2 going into the second stanza. Brett Gervais scored just 43 seconds in to tie the game. Then Tayler Munson put the Ice Dogs on top at the 13:44 mark. The Wild finished the period with an answer. Nicholas Rivera scored his second goal of the game with a power play goal in the last three and half minutes of the second period to force a 3-3 tie.
The defense of the Ice Dogs was key to their success in the third. Kevin Aldridge was the backstop. Aldridge and his defenders tamed the Wild with shutout third period. Hans Gorowsky provided the offense with his goal occurring after 7:27 ticked off the game clock. Munson assisted on the pivotal play.
Colton Wolter got an empty net goal at the buzzer for the final scored. Doug Rose, Munson and Gorowsky all tallied two points in the win.
The Ice Dogs (24-11) now have a five point lead in the Midwest Division over the Minnesota Wilderness.
Fairbanks finished their six game road test after the Christmas break with a 3-3 record. The Ice Dogs will be back in their own barn for the next six games. A three game series with the Minnesota Magicians this week and a three game series with the Wild the week after.