SOLDOTNA-The Ice Dogs were in the Soldotna Sports Center last night for a critical game three in the best of five series against the Brown Bears. Both teams came in with a win in the series.
The first period was all Fairbanks as Wyatt Ege, who just has a knack for scoring against Kenai, gets his second goal of the post season giving Fairbanks a 1-0 lead at the 12:14 mark of the first. Yannick Vedel quickly gets in on the action with a goal just 20 seconds later to make it a 2-0 game.
After a Kenai goal from Nathan Colwell, newcomer Ross Olsson sent in his first postseason score with 34 seconds left in the opening period for a 3-1 Fairbanks advantage.
There was only one goal in the second period and maybe some sabotage as former Brown Bear Jake Bushey does a Trojan Horse putting one in his own goal. Kenai's Albin Karlsson was credited with a goal to make this a one goal game at 3-2 going into the final period.
But the Ice Dogs told Bushey not to worry about it and the team displayed short term memory with a masterful third period. Just 48 seconds in and Todd Burgess scored on a powerplay short side getting the puck into a narrow crease past Kenai goalie Zach Quinn. Fairbanks defenseman
Johnny Mueller got his second post season goal with eight and half minutes left to give the Ice Dogs a 5-2 lead. Kevin Aldridge got back on his horse with a shutout third period and made 22 saves on the night.
There was balance from the Ice Dogs with 12 different players getting a point and five different goal scorers. The Ice Dogs can finish the series tonight with a win.
If Kenai wins tonight and ties the series then the deciding game five would be this Saturday night at the Big Dipper.
Fairbanks or Kenai will get the winner of the other division series. Wenatchee has a 2-1 series lead over the Minnesota Wild. Game four in that series is Friday night in Minnesota.