FAIRBANKS-There is one more task at hand for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. This weekend's Alpine Lodge Robertson Cup Championship three game series against the Austin Bruins.
Both teams splite their four regular season meetings 2-2 and both teams won at home. The Bruins bring in some fire power. Forwards Luke Dietsch and Niko Hildenbrand are 2-3 in top playoff scorers with 15 and 12 points.
"It's good to be familiar with them because we know what they're going to do, some of their game plan and the style of how they play so it's something to look forward to," Fairbanks defenseman Doug Rose said.
Fairbanks has been all about defense this postseason. Duggie Lagrone is ranked third in the playoffs with a +7. Nick Hinz 11 points leads all defenseman in the playoffs. Kevin Aldridge has been simply stingy in net for Fairbanks with a 1.7 allowed average and three shutouts.
Austin Goalie Nick Lehr however is allowing three goals a game in these playoffs after 12 games. Fairbanks has the edge in specials teams ranked high in the postseason in power plays success and PKs.
Local veteran forward Colton Wolter, who was a part of the Fairbanks team who won the Robbie Cup in 2011, knows that these few games will come down controlling emotions.
"It's a three game series. It's a little new to all of us but you know with the veteran experience I think you know it's just to stay calm. Don't try and do too much and just play your role and everything should be fine at the end of the game," Wolter said.
NAHL coach of the year Trevor Stewart of the Ice Dogs has a simple game plan for his team going into the last series of the year. He wants his team to enjoy the moment .
"Well offensively we want to get inside the dots and put pressure on them and defensively we want to keep them outside the dots," Stewart said. "This journey has been great so far and we put ourselves in a position to where we're playing for a national championship at home so let's make the most of it."